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Kettle Moraine Natural Area/Ice Age Trail & Monches Area

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… Continue Reading →

Lower Yahara River Trail

A brand-new section of the Yahara River Trail opened in the autumn of 2017. Starting in McDaniel Park, follow the new trail along the edge of Lake Waubesa. The trail, which is one mile-long bridge, is not dog-friendly. There’s nowhere… Continue Reading →

Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area

Parfrey’s Glen, just a few miles east of Devil’s Lake State Park, is a gorgeous and rugged hike. The Glen is a wind-y slot canyon that increases in difficulty as you move further in. The trail essentially ends about half-way… Continue Reading →

Cherokee Marsh – North Unit

To reach the Cherokee Marsh North Unit, take Sherman Avenue and head north. The road will pass the Cherokee Golf Course and eventually turn into a gravel road. Follow this road until you reach the parking lot. There are 3.5… Continue Reading →

Lynden Sculpture Garden

Hidden behind a weathered wooden fence, on an unremarkable road, is a truly fantastic collection of modern sculpture.  The Lynden Sculpture Garden, opened 2010, houses more than 50 large-scale modern pieces spread over 40 acres of grounds. The wide, open,… Continue Reading →

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center contains a very elegant nature center, well-tended trails, good parking and a nice lookout tower. Not surprising, as it is located just north of the tony village of Fox Point, north of Milwaukee. The Nature… Continue Reading →

Nordic and John Muir Trailheads

Just east of Whitewater are two sister trails, the Nordic and John Muir Trails. Entrances are facing each other. Both offer miles of lovely, mostly easy, hiking. While there are some hilly areas, trails are rated for ease. Signage is… Continue Reading →

Owen Conservation Park

Less than two miles from Hilldale Mall and the traffic of University Avenue is the secluded Owen Conservation Park. Despite its proximity to the downtown, the park is suprisingly quiet and secluded. This is most likely due to its bowl… Continue Reading →

The Dells of the Eau Claire River State Natural Area

The Dells of the Eau Claire River State Natural Area is an amazing parcel of land, hidden from view. The trail from the parking lot winds through woods, which soon turn into low, boggy areas (very probably buggy in warm… Continue Reading →

Brewery Hill Park and Trails

The Brewery Hill Park is a great jumping off point to pick up a number of nice trails that meander through Whitewater. Located in the park is the Whitewater Rotary Skate Park, with enough ramps and walls to warm the… Continue Reading →

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