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Devil’s Kettle Trail

The “Devil’s Kettle” may be over-selling it a bit much, sauce-pan may be more apt. But this short trail and kettle – created by a teeny waterfall – is a fun, short hike. The kettle, so round as to appear… 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 →

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 →

CamRock County Park and Trail

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

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.

William Lunney Lake Farm County Park

There are gorgeous views over the lake, a boat launch, camping and a playground.

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.

Ice Age Trail: Robertson Trailhead

The path is an easy walk, slowly climbing into woods.

Donald County Park

Donald County Park county park offers acres of hiking trails, equestrian trails, fishing and a fantastic rock outcrop.

Yahara Heights County Park

Follow the trail along the west side of the dog park and back into open fields and small wooded copses.

Warner Park

The rainbow-stacked shelter is a quirky, fun and visible landmark. Surrounding these buildings are acres of hiking trails, a dog park, sledding hill, pond and numerous basketball courts and soccer fields. Come out and explore the Northside!

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