Tower Hill State Park
This 77-acre state park takes its name from the mining of lead and production of lead shot at this property in the 1800s. Today, park visitors can tour the restored Helena Shot Tower and melting house. Shot towers were used to drop molten lead 75+ feet into a basin of cooling water. During the free-fall, the lead became spherical. After cooling the shot was sorted by size and could be further fashioned as necessary. The property is heavily wooded and borders the Wisconsin River. There are a number of places to launch a boat or canoe for a quiet day of fishing or paddling. Hikers will enjoy the challenging bluff trails that command panoramic views of the beautiful countryside.
Directions: Located on Cty C just off of Hwy 14, 2.5 miles east of Spring Green.
Gazetteer: Page 34, C-3 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 84, D-3 (10th edition).
Phone: 608/588-2116 (Tower Hill State Park).
Signature Species: Turkey Vulture, Indigo Bunting and American Goldfinch.
Rare species: Scarlet Tanager, Acadian Flycatcher, Broad-winged Hawk and Yellow-throated Warbler.
Parking: Parking lots.
Nearest food & lodging: Spring Green.
Fees: Park fees apply.