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Hogarty Art House

The Hogarty Art House is a prime example of the sort of random spots creativity you find throughout Wisconsin. Like Fred Smith’s Concrete Park, numerous “outsider” art locations preserved by the Kohler Foundation, and Mary Nohl’s house, an artist felt… Continue Reading →

Scuppernong Trailhead

The Scuppernong Trail is located in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. This well well-groomed trail is quiet and secluded, with lovely large pines shading the trail. The longest trail, 4.6 miles, is popular for cross-country skiing… Continue Reading →

White Mound County Park

The 100-acres of White Mound County Park are a bucolic place to hike, boat, swim, camp or fish. Like many county parks, you will find it far less busy than the state parks. Additionally, no motorized boats are allowed on… Continue Reading →

Dorothy Carnes County Park & Rose Lake State Natural Area

The Dorothy Carnes County Park is a large chunk of protected land surrounding the Rose Lake Marsh – a major birding location. A large, well-built viewing deck over the marsh is easy available by a nicely paved trail. Surrounding the… Continue Reading →

Magnolia Bluff Park

County parks are the gifts that keep giving. They are often of a good size, containing unique features, well-kept and rarely busy. Magnolia Bluff is one of these hidden gems. Located outside Evansville, the park is centered around a sandstone… Continue Reading →

Hickory Hill Conservancy Park

This pleasant section of the Ice Age Trail is hidden behind a quiet neighborhood in Cross Plains. Both trails in are steep, though the one on Hickory Hill Street is a bit less so. The trails wind around the top… Continue Reading →

Stoughton Holiday Light Display

Stoughton has an amazingly phenomenal holiday light display in their Rotary Park. The show integrates thousands of color-changing LED lights, synced to a half-hour radio broadcast loop of holiday-ish music. It’s non-denominational and you can sit and watch from the… Continue Reading →

Token Creek Conservancy – Old Mill Site

This short trail circles a small pond with a few nice nice viewing locations. A nice quick walk and easy to reach. Token Creek Conservancy 6394 Portage Rd DeForest, WI 53532

Yellowstone Lake State Park

Enjoy a scenic drive to Yellowstone Lake. Then spend the afternoon hiking a series of easy paths, fishing, canoeing or swimming in the large lake. Bring along a picnic and enjoy the peaceful scenery. A perfect day-trip location. Yellowstone Lake… Continue Reading →

Ferry Bluff

Ferry Bluff is a must-see Wisconsin location that takes a bit more effort than others to visit. The Wisconsin River, dotted with sandbars, spreads out below you for miles, with rolling hills beyond. There are few views this spectacular in the state; it is on par with Wildcat Mountain.

CamRock County Park and Trail

Perhaps not the most scintillating of hikes, but still shady and pleasant with glimpses of the creek.

Lake Redstone

Lake Redstone and its waterfall are a delightful find. A short drive from the Dells, it has a large sandy beach, lots of shady spots to picnic, great boating, and a decent sized waterfall. All in all, a perfect spot to spend a sunny day.

Phil’s Woods

Follow the trail back down south for a ferny walk, paralleled by a small gorge covered in moss-covered fallen trees. A short, pleasant and very private little hike.

Stewart Lake County Park

Slightly north of Mt. Horeb, Stewart Lake offers a picnic area, beach and placid lake, created by a small damn. A hiking trail runs first along the lake, then splits, crossing a marsh and a small stream. The shady wooded,… Continue Reading →

Ice Age Reserve Wildlife Area and Crosse Plains Interpretive Site

Trails wend through woods, near streams, and over open fields. This is another lesser known wildlife area and very peaceful.

Morton Forest County Park

There is one trail that follows a shallow streamlet. The other two trails climb up steep hills to offer gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside.

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