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Morton Forest County Park

Dane County has a brand new park, located outside of Mazomanie. Donated by the Morton family, this lovely hilly spot has 110 acres of trails for all seasons. A short, relatively flat loop is good for the less able. Other,… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Sauk City River Trail and Beach

Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the number of people at beaches like Pewitt’s Nest, Dells of the Wisconsin River or Peck’s Landing? Head over to Sauk City. A beautiful, smooth river walk trail runs along the Wisconsin. Park along Riviera… Continue Reading →

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 forĀ  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 →

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