Welcome! We are the Friends of High Cliff State Park

Photo by (c) Greg Burns

These hard but fractured limestone layers are part of the Niagara Escarpment, the edge of a vast sedimentary rock layer that once formed on the bottom of ancient seas. It keeps its cliff edge because the soft shale underneath erodes, leaving the dolomite overhanging --until it breaks off and forms a new cliff face.

Find the latest news on park hours, restroom availability, capacity limits, and more on the DNR website.

We are the volunteers who enjoy, help preserve, and enhance this natural resource known as High Cliff State Park, named for the limestone cliff of the Niagara Escarpment that figures prominently here. This 1,187-acre treasure near Sherwood, Wisconsin, in Calumet County is the only state-owned recreation area on Lake Winnebago. 

 Each of us finds so much in this park to appreciate. We hope you will, too. 

 Our Friends group (FOHC) was established in 1997 as a non-profit corporation formed under chapter 181 of the Wisconsin Statutes. It is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. FOHC is organized for the charitable and educational purpose of supporting, assisting, and promoting the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with interpretive, scientific, historical, educational, and related visitor services. 

The group has the following objectives:

Please explore our website and High Cliff State Park and consider becoming a member

Among High Cliff State Park’s treasures: 

What's not to love?

Photo of current, deteriorating steps on the Lime Kiln Trail

Currently, the Friends are diligently working on updating the Lime Kiln Trail.  For more information on the fundraiser click here

All photos are the copyright of the individual photographers and should not be reproduced without permission.Website photos courtesy of: (c) Greg Burns(c) Jay Vosters(c) Paul Stelter(c) Donna Franczek(c) Beth Braun