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Dells of the Wisconsin River/Chapel Gorge Trail

There are actually two entrances to the Dells of the Wisconsin River – north and south. The north entrance is right down from the now boarded-up entrance to Witches Gulch. There are some lovely trails that wind around through pine… Continue Reading →

Gotham Jack Pine Barrens

There aren’t a lot of places in Wisconsin where you can hike without hearing traffic. The Pine Barrens edge the Wisconsin River and are rich with amphibian, plant and insect life. As much of the area is low-lying, marshy land,… Continue Reading →

Viking Park/Dog Park

Stoughton’s Viking Park has a marvelous, clean, well-groomed dog park. The park is grassy and open with plenty of room for your mutt to run (or wander and sniff). Even nicer are the small, sandy beaches that dot the adjacent… Continue Reading →

Ledge Park

If you need a nice stretch of the legs on the way back from the MOWA or a quiet, out-of-the-way place to camp, check out Ledge Park. Stroll the upper trail along the edge of the ledge for  striking views… Continue Reading →

Peck’s Landing Beach

The beach at Peck’s Landing is perfect in every way. Directly across the Wisconsin River from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Guest Center, the beach checks all the necessary boxes for a great afternoon. While the lot is often pretty full… Continue Reading →

Ice Age Trail – Baraboo

An attractive and well-paved section of the Ice Age Trail runs along the Baraboo River. You can pick up the trail from four different parks. The trail is nicely shaded by trees and is a flat and an easy walk… Continue Reading →

Upper Yahara River Trail

The new Upper Yahara River Trail in DeForest is a lovely, smooth paved trail that follows the meandering Yahara River. Walk, canoe, fish or bike while enjoying glimpses of water, wild birds and a variety of native plants. Due to… Continue Reading →

Governor Nelson State Park

Because of its close proximity to Madison, many people seem to forget Governor Nelson State Park exists. The largest trail loop is clearly visible from the road, often making it far from peaceful. However,  the trails further back are quiet,… Continue Reading →

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum is a short drive from Minneapolis. With its more rural location, the Arboretum has the opportunity to spread and sprawl in a highly satisfactory manner. At over 1100 acres, plan to spend at least… Continue Reading →

Frontenac State Park

Frontenac State Park is on the Mississippi river in Minnesota. The park has dramatic, sweeping views of the river. The smooth paved trails are well groomed. The real stars of the park are the eagles, swooping up and down the… Continue Reading →

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