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Iowa's Hawkeye Point is out of the way to say the least. At only 1,670 above sea level, it is not a particularly enticing reason to travel so far out of the way, but fortunately I was able to work it into another trip I was taking. After traveling to Chicago for a wedding, my girlfriend and I stopped of at Hoosier Hill on our way to visit her father in Omaha. It was only an hour or two out of the way and a great opportunity to check this one off my list of the 50 state highpoints.

The region is dominated by flat farmland with the roads laid out in strict grid-like fashion. There is a small parking area at the base of what looks like a cylindrical water tower. I wasn't sure exactly what the proper public access path was, so I stayed far from the house out of respect for the owner and cut through a small orchard. On the summit is a large grain silo, some granite markers, and a wooden structure decorated by license plates from around the country. My favorite picture from this trip is the one below with the grain silo and barn adorning the stark landscape. It really captures the spirit of this highpoint.


Map of US HighPoints
KEY: States: Green - summited, Yellow - attempted, White - Not visited
Dots: Green - State Lowpoint, Red - State Highpoint


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