Highest Point in Ohio

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.


72 thoughts on “Highest Point in Ohio

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Thanks for your kind words and for commenting. Even though the views from the highest point in Ohio weren’t fantastic, we still enjoyed the scenery and quiet drive through the countryside.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      That’s very true! The views from Campbell Hill weren’t the greatest, but it certainly makes for a funny story! It also makes me appreciate some of the views from the other highest points even more so.


    This brought back memories of waiting for those damn test results, not knowing what to do if we don’t get them in time. Glad it was sorted out with relatively minimal consequences! In my mind, I could see you driving back and forth between the two the borders forever…this would have made an interesting groundhog say style movie lol.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Waiting is always the worst part. I’m glad it all worked out in the end, even if we had to stay an extra day and spend most of it waiting to get another COVID test. And hey, it could have been worse, we could have tested positive and had to stay for even longer! I’m sure that would also make for an interesting groundhog style experience too!

  2. alisendopf says:

    What absolutely kills me is how big a deal they make of it! 🙂 I sometimes think we Canadians can learn a bit from our southern neighbours. If they do anything (no matter how minor), it’s celebrated to the nth degree. It would be like Elbow, Saskatchewan making a huge monument to their highest point at 1 m higher than anywhere else.

    When you wrote about waiting for test results, I was like, Oh right! That was a thing. It’s amazing how quickly one can forget.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      The highest point in Ohio was pretty ridiculous, but it gave us a good reason to see more of the state. Agreed, there are some lessons Canada can learn from the US in terms of celebrating certain features and attractions. But on the other hand, there are some drawbacks to that approach as well, such as more tourists.

      I’m glad it all worked out in the end in terms of returning back to Canada, even if we did have to stay an extra day. It sure beats paying the hefty fine!

  3. Little Miss Traveller says:

    Well the highest point must be important to the folks of Ohio I suppose and you ticked it off your list! As for the COVID tests there are almost always snags. Just before Christmas we were in Poland and needed to upload the tests to our phone app after taking them before returning home. It stated that we would receive the results within an hour with the ‘fit to fly’ certificate but nothing came back for mine. We tried calling the company but it was a weekend evening and the call centre was closed as was their online chat- line. All this time my negative test result line was deteriorating. Finally, my son decided to try uploading my test onto his phone as his had worked properly and thankfully this worked for mine too. It was bizarre though as I had just upgraded to the latest Android model and his phone was of an older generation! You would think they would check that the app worked on all platforms before rolling it out, wouldn’t you as I would have been in a mess if I was travelling alone.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      As much as I complained about the lack of views from the highest point in Ohio, it was still a lovely drive through the state. If anything it makes for a funny story afterwards. Besides, it’s not like we were in a huge rush anyway because we were still waiting for our COVID results.

      Glad to hear that everything worked out for your flight back home from Poland. Thank goodness the results uploaded on your son’s phone, especially considering the call centre was closed! And agreed, you’d think they would have tested out the software on different platforms considering the importance of it. That must have been incredibly stressful!! I’m glad some restrictions have been easing when it comes to international travel. Now it’s just dealing with waiting and delays at the airport!

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Sorry to hear that your Dad had a bad experience waiting for his COVID results too. We actually got the results back from our first COVID test after the 72 hour window. I’m glad we were able to get a rapid PCR test the next day, even if we had to wait all day for it. Thank goodness we were driving and didn’t have to worry about rescheduling a flight or anything. It could have been so much worse.

  4. ourcrossings says:

    I am glad you didn’t get stuck between the two borders. Over the last two years, I’ve heard some pretty crazy stories when it came to requiring proof of a negative COVID test to enter and most of them put me off travelling. Luckily now, thanks to my Digital COVID Certificate, I can travel freely around Europe without needing to test. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      No kidding, otherwise I’m sure we would have had to pay some fine. Then again, we probably wouldn’t have attempted to cross the border if both countries required proof of a negative COVID test. I’m so glad that many countries, including Canada, have started to relax a lot of their restrictions, especially for people who are vaccinated. It’s made travel a lot easier. The only issue now is dealing with the huge lineups at the airport! Thanks for reading. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Linda

  5. thehungrytravellers.blog says:

    Yeah that looks a pretty underwhelming high point. Good that you got the COVID thing sorted in the end , though some of this stuff is ridiculous, as you found – where the systems don’t keep up with the rules and then you’re stuck through no fault of your own.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      The high point in Ohio sure gave us a good laugh though! Staying an extra day and paying for an expensive rapid PCR test wasn’t too bad. At least we didn’t test positive and have to quarantine in the US for two weeks. That would have been painful!

  6. Ab says:

    So was the highest point put there as sort of an inside joke? 😆 The top of my couch looks steeper than that hill.

    The border scare sounded pretty intense. I’m glad you got to go back to the States cuz what would’ve happened if you got stuck in between? I can’t even imagine that $12K fine! Yikes.

    But you got an extra day at Ann Arbour! 😊 And thankfully back to Ontario in no time.

    Enjoy your long weekend ahead!

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      To say the highest point in Ohio was underwhelming would be an understatement. It really was nothing special, but we had a good laugh afterwards. It wasn’t ideal that we had to turn around at the border and waste a day waiting to get a COVID test, but it could have been worse. At least we didn’t test positive or have to pay the ridiculously expensive fine. As if.

      I’m so glad we have a long weekend, even if the weather is a bit dreary. It’s actually the perfect weather to do some gardening. Hope you’re enjoying your time off as well.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      No kidding. The other highest points we visited during our road trip were up in the mountains with sweeping vistas. The highest point in Ohio on the other hand was on a relatively small hill in the flat countryside. The views weren’t exactly stellar. But it made for a good story afterwards.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      It was a bit stressful trying to cross the border, but I’m glad it all worked out in the end, even if we did have to extend our stay by an extra day. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Linda

  7. kagould17 says:

    I love how every state and tiny place in the U.S.A. has their claim to fame, no matter how small. Highest Point, Center of the state, center of the contiguous USA. Pride of place, no matter how trivial is worth preserving. Thanks for sharing Linda. ALlan

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Oh yes, our friends south of the border do love to make a big deal about every possible point of interest. It’s great for us tourists, but it can be a bit misleading at times. Either way, we had a good chuckle at the highest point in Ohio. Thanks for reading. Hope you’re enjoying the Victoria Day long weekend. Linda

  8. leightontravels says:

    Oh, the delights of travelling during the global pandemic! When (if at all) did you get your original Covid-19 test results? What a fine, I’m glad you didn’t have to pay that. A week later, when Omicron hit the news we were in the midst of preparing for our UK flights and it was seriously stressful. Luckily, all our Covid test results came back on time in addition to thankfully being negative. An interesting bit of Cold War history in Ohio if nothing else. I’ve enjoyed following your US adventures.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Thanks for your kind words. We ended up getting our initial results back four days later. We wouldn’t have been able to cross the border if we had waited for them as at that time Canada required a negative COVID test within 72 hours of returning. I’m glad it worked out, even it meant staying an extra day and waiting for another COVID test. But hey, it sure beats paying that outrageous fine! Traveling during the Omicron sounds like would have been stressful, but happy to hear it all worked out on your end as well.

  9. Pepper says:

    That is too funny especially since their world beneath (in the caves) seems quite impressive. 😂 Did you have any time to explore Ann Arbor?

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      I know, who would have thought that being underground in a cave would be more scenic than what’s above ground! We unfortunately didn’t have time to explore Ann Arbor. We pretty much spent the entire day waiting to get our COVID tests. And once we got our results back, we drove straight to the border.

  10. wetanddustyroads says:

    Haha, what an interesting “highest point” 😁 … Ohio must be a very flat state. Glad you made it back safe and sound in Canada (although, encountering a few obstacles – that is quite a hefty fine)!

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      This highest point was easily the lowest point of our day in Ohio! It sure gave us a good laugh though. And yes, I’m glad we were able to safely return to Canada. We were perfectly fine to turn around and stay an extra day to get another COVID test rather than pay the outrageous fine!

  11. Island Traveler says:

    Amazing adventure my Friend. I miss Nature. Been sick since Monday. And now Wife and Son. COVID finally got us. Son was making a joke, “Family that travel and eats together get COVID together.”

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      While the views from the highest point in Ohio weren’t the greatest, it sure was a memorable adventure. Sorry to hear that you and your family got COVID. Hopefully your symptoms aren’t too severe. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      As much as we’ve enjoyed exploring more of our home province of Ontario during the pandemic, it was so nice to get a change of scenery. We had a wonderful time on our road trip to the US. It would have been nice to stay a bit longer though, but the timing actually worked out for the best as a couple weeks after we returned, more restrictions were put in place to deal with the Omicron variant. Hopefully you’re able to make it to Canada. The scenery is just spectacular from the east to west coast. A train trip sounds like it would be fun and a great way to enjoy the views.

  12. BrittnyLee says:

    I’m glad you guys made it back safely and did not catch the virus. It’s so important for everyone to still live their lives, and not live in fear, even though it can be hard these days. I’m so glad you got to travel and were safe .

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Thanks!! I couldn’t even imagine what we would have done if our test results came back and we tested positive for COVID. We would have had to quarantine in our hotel for two weeks. Sounds boring and expensive. I’m so glad that many of the restrictions around COVID and travelling are being relaxed.

      • BrittnyLee says:

        Me too! I feel that way too. It’s just getting the rest you need to recharge and doing things you haven’t gotten to do in a while. It really helps to rejuvenate for sure 😃😊

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