Shelby County High Point Trip Report

Date: July 2, 2001
Author: John Mitchler

Jon Mann describes a south approach so I offer a north approach.

From US 51 & IL 16 east of Pana, go 4.5 miles on IL 16 to Tower Hill. Watch for the sign "Herrick" on the left (south). Go south out of town on a paved road for 4.25 miles to New Hope Church (450) Road. Turn left (east) and go 2 miles to CR 1100E. Turn right (south) and go 1 mile to the base of wooded Williamsburg Hill and ascend for a mile to the massive radio tower.

Jon's observation is correct that the true HP lies behind the tower (south side), and his description of how to walk to it is excellent. However, you do not need to cross the low fence. Just walk along it between it and the high tower fence. The route is through immature forest and had numerous branches at face level -- until I got there. Watch out for poison ivy and stinging nettle, which thrive in these woods.