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Governor Dodge State Park

Governor Nelson State Park is a vast 5,000+ acre park only an hour drive from Madison. A true four-season park, it has a vast variety of things to see and do. There are high meadow hikes, a waterfall, winding gorge… Continue Reading →

High Cliff State Park

As advertised, High Cliff State Park does indeed have high cliffs. It also has miles of trails, including one around a butterfly pond, a boat marina, playgrounds, beach, a small museum, horse trails and picturesque lime kiln ruins. Visitors can… Continue Reading →

Newport State Park

Newport State Park’s massive footprint gives you miles of trails and acres of unspoiled Michigan shoreline to enjoy, even at Door County’s busiest. As Wisconsin’s only formally designated wilderness state park, it is far less groomed than other county and… Continue Reading →

Cave Point County Park

Door County is an immensely beautiful region that often verges on the fantastic. Cave Point County Park has a magical quality. On a windy day, there are waves as large as on the ocean. The trails are on a rock… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Merrick State Park

Located on the Mississippi, Merrick State Park is a pleasant, piney park to wander through. The park is an ideal location for boating and a nice place to stretch your legs after visiting some of the folk art in Fountain… Continue Reading →

Pheasant Branch Conservancy

The Pheasant Branch Conservancy has something for every outdoor enthusiast, from hikers, runners, bikers and bird-watchers. The Conservancy is 550 acre areas of prairie and woodlands in the heart of Middleton, WI. There are multiple access points, including two parking… Continue Reading →

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