By Fuzzy Monkey
The High Point Conservation Area is one of the parks in the McHenry County Conservation District. Located in Harvard, IL. High Point Conservation Area consist of 253 acres.
High Point Conservation Area contains a single one mile trail. High Point is named for having the highest glaciated point in Illinois. A survey marker in the park dates back to 1035, which is pretty neat to see. Having this distinction makes a visitor wonder what the landscape must have been like back then. High Point is out in the country, not much else around except for farms.
The available hiking is a single one mile loop trail. The trail winds through the park in a nice circular fashion. The terrain is gently rolling hills but easily suitable for all ages and experiences. (Photo Album – High Point Conservation Area). There are a few views of the surrounding area, however, most of the trail winds through forest. Because of the elevation sections of the trail are more challenging than some of the other parks. If you are more interested in the physical hiking rather than the views on your hike, then High Point is well suited for you.
The main parking lot can accommodate 8 vehicles and one handicap vehicle. High Point does have a restroom. The park is open from dusk to dawn.
Fuzzy Monkey’s advise on hiking High Point Conservation Area
My visit to High Point was during the summer of 2011 (July 6, 2011). I did not carry water or food with me during my hike. I had a water bottle in the car which was adequate. I recommend bringing your own water as there is none available at the park. In fact there are limited features at High Point. A single restroom and parking lot are about it. High Point is more of a “get there, hike and get out” type of park.
The mosquitoes were annoying so I do recommend some form of bug repellant or dressing appropriately. I wore shorts, a button down cotton shirt, hiking shoes, and socks. I also wore a hat and I’m glad I did, as it was sunny the day I visited and this shielded my head and eyes from the sun. I’d also recommend a pair of sunglasses. There is not much else to High Point. There is not a shelter, no grills, no well water or any really good picnic areas. High Point is best suited for short visits.
During my visit I observed workers from the McHenry County Conservation District. So this tells me the park is well maintained and well cared for. Hikers can find a self guided map at the kiosk near the parking lot or download it from the McHenry County Conservation District’s website. For more reviews of hiking in McHenry please visit my McHenry County hiking post.