Shelby County High Point Trip Report

Date: December 21, 2001
Author: Bob Schwab

Leave Interstate 75 at exit 82 near Piqua, and drive east on US 36 for 10 miles to the tiny settlement of Lena. Turn left on the Lena-Palestine Road (CR 108) and drive north 3 miles to the intersection with the Miami-Shelby county line and East Road. Turn right and proceed 0.35 mile to the Champaign-Shelby Road. Turn left (north) and stop along the road just north of the house on the corner. The area 1 contour extends into Shelby County from the east and involves both a cornfield and an abandoned field. I thought the highest spot was in the weedy field north of the house, but several spots in the cornfield appeared almost as high.

Continue north roughly 0.4 mile passing a woods to a large cornfield that rises gently on your left. I parked on the edge of the road just beyond the third or forth house on the right, and hiked west into the field. I found the highest spot to be very close to a field separation line about 0.15 mile west from the road.

Area 3 is a small contour in the field just to the north of area 2. This contour is hard to discern, probably because of sustained plowing and erosion over the years. A hand-level check indicated that area 3 is not as high as area 2, however it isn't much trouble to circle north and east and visit this area when returning to your vehicle.

To get to this site, you may have traveled quite close to the two high points of Miami County. Consider visiting those sites as well if the fields are clear and the weather is good.