Pick up trails for the Kettle Moraine Natural Area and the Ice Age Trail in a parking lot off of Highway K outside of the tiny community of Monches. The trails are piney and pleasant, winding a bit and with a great view of the Oconomowoc River. Sadly, you can hear the nearby traffic quite clearly on a lot of the trail.

The Monches/Hartland/Colgate area is an out-of-the-way part of the state that is often overlooked. But it is an absolutely gorgeous area to wander. Make a day of it for the yearly Monches Artisans Open House (early December.) Stop by Monches Farm (5890 Monches Rd, Colgate),  Krauski Art Glass (W302 N9493 Hwy E, Hartland/Monches) and you MUST stop by Bobrowitz’s Spectacular Sculpture (N93 W29174 Woodchuck Way, Colgate).

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