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Governor Dodge State Park

Governor Dodge 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 →

High Cliff State Park

As advertised, High Cliff State Park does indeed have high cliffs. It also has miles of trails, including one around a butterfly pond, a boat marina, playgrounds, beach, a small museum, horse trails and picturesque lime kiln ruins. Visitors can… 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 →

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 →

Upper Yahara River Trail

The new Upper Yahara River Trail in DeForest is a lovely, smooth paved trail that follows the meandering Yahara River. Walk, canoe, fish or bike while enjoying glimpses of water, wild birds and a variety of native plants. Due to… Continue Reading →

Governor Nelson State Park

Because of its close proximity to Madison, many people seem to forget Governor Nelson State Park exists. The largest trail loop is clearly visible from the road, often making it far from peaceful. However,  the trails further back are quiet,… Continue Reading →

Frontenac State Park

Frontenac State Park is on the Mississippi river in Minnesota. The park has dramatic, sweeping views of the river. The smooth paved trails are well groomed. The real stars of the park are the eagles, swooping up and down the… Continue Reading →

Merrick State Park

Located on the Mississippi, Merrick State Park is a pleasant, piney park to wander through. The park is an ideal location for boating and a nice place to stretch your legs after visiting some of the folk art in Fountain… Continue Reading →

Pheasant Branch Conservancy

The Pheasant Branch Conservancy has something for every outdoor enthusiast – from hikers, runners, bikers and bird-watchers. The Conservancy is 550 acre areas of prairie and woodlands in the heart of Middleton, WI. There are multiple access points, including two… Continue Reading →

Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area

Pewit’s Nest State Natural Area is a surprise hidden in the rolling fields around Baraboo. The entrance and parking lot is tucked in the sharp curve of County Road W. Up a short path is a beautiful little sandy pool,… Continue Reading →

Walking Iron Park

From the main entrance off Hudson Strett in Mazomanie, Walking Iron Park looks like a small town park with a few baseball diamonds, pool and playground. However, if you follow Hudson St. west about two miles to Beckman, then north… Continue Reading →

Indian Lake Park

At close to 500 acres, Indian Lake Park is a great go-to spot any time of the year. The park is an easy 15-20 minute drive from nearly anywhere in Madison. It features 6 hiking/cross-country ski trails, a small lake,… Continue Reading →

Milwaukee River Greenway

The Milwaukee River Greenway is an area of close to 900 acres in the heart of Milwaukee. It sports numerous trails along the river, playgrounds, a very nice dog park, skate parks and, during summer months, biergartens for the discerning… Continue Reading →

Voyager Park Riverwalk and Pier

De Pere WI has evolved and improved greatly in the last few years*. In addition to the new bridge and many updated and replaced buildings, there is now the Voyager Park Riverwalk and Pier. This lovely new path runs along… Continue Reading →

Governor’s Island

Tucked away behind the Mendota Mental Health Institute is a small island with some of the nicest views of Madison. Governor’s Island is a small park, now connected to the mainland by a cinder road (aptly called Cinder Lane). The… Continue Reading →