Elevation: 1,549 feet
Location: Campbell Hill
Visited: November 2021
In terms of highest points in the United States, Campbell Hill is very underwhelming. If you’re looking for a wow factor, oh wow will you be disappointed. There are no sweeping views of the mountains or panoramic overlooks of the surrounding area. The highest point is located on a relatively small hill, which is tucked away behind a community college.
After spending the past ten days in the United States, it was time for us to return back home to Ontario. We planned to drive through Ohio towards Michigan to cross the border in Windsor. Along the way we stopped at Campbell Hill since we still had some time to kill while we waited for our COVID-19 test results. The drive through Ohio was rather uneventful. We passed through the countryside and flat farm fields.
To get to the highest point in Ohio was a bit confusing as it’s not well signed. We knew that it was located in the Ohio High-Point Career Center, so we drove through the gates to the end of road where we found the official summit. It’s marked with a plaque towards the back of the school near the flagpole.
There’s a small parking lot and from there it’s a super short walk to get to the “summit” (if you can even call it that), which contains a small plaque about how Campbell Hill was named and a marker on the ground. And that’s about it.
The most interesting feature is the nearby radar. The highest point is located at the former home of the Bellefontaine Air Force Station, which maintained an early warning radar during the Cold War. The site has since been turned into a school.
We hopped back in the car and from Campbell Hill it’s about a three hour drive to get to the border. In case you were wondering whether we received our COVID test results back in time, we didn’t. We figured we’d go to the border anyway and that worst case scenario was that we’d just have to self-isolate at home. Turns out the worst case scenario was having to either turn around and wait for our negative results or pay $6,200 (each!!) for violating public health restrictions.
We asked what the fastest way was to get back to the United States. We then had to clear US customs. Thankfully they did not require proof of a negative COVID test to enter, otherwise we would have been stuck between the two borders.
We booked last minute accommodations in Ann Arbor. By the next morning we still hadn’t received our test results back, so we figured we might as well fork out the money to pay for a rapid PCR test. But of course we couldn’t book an appointment as everything nearby was full. After calling a few pharmacies, we found one that would take us, but they warned that we’d have to wait for it. And they weren’t kidding. But once we were swabbed, we had our test results back in under 30 minutes. With a clean bill of health, or rather a negative COVID test, we drove back to Ontario.
Despite having to extend our trip by another day, we had a wonderful time. We also felt fortunate that we were able to leave (and come back to) Canada when we did as about a week later news of the Omicron variant started to hit the headlines.