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Newport Beach State Park

Newport Beach offers very little in amenities, and that is its charm. There is one bathroom and it only offers backpack camping. The rest is simply peaceful nature with acres of beach and woods to explore. The park is a… Continue Reading →

Door Bluff Headlands County Park

Door Bluff Headlands is another winner of a county park. With breathtaking views from limestone bluffs, winding trails and fantastic woods, the park also has the added advantage of being off the beaten track. It takes a bit of getting… Continue Reading →

The Ridges Sanctuary

The Ridges Sanctuary is an unique and very special piece of protected land. The woods, ridges and swales are home to a unique population of arboreal conifers, insects, mosses, pitcher plants and orchids. The network of trails is shady and… Continue Reading →

Peninsula State Park

Peninsula is a perennial favorite and one we look forward to returning to again and again. There are plenty of winding, woody trails with magnificent views of the water throughout the park. But the gem we return to in the… Continue Reading →

Whitefish Dunes State Park

Whitefish Dunes State Park has some of the most gorgeous coastline in Wisconsin. Stroll along the three sandy beaches* and enjoy the fresh breezes or have a picnic on the bluffs overlooking the water. The park also has an interpretive… Continue Reading →

Bearskin Trail

Starting in a small park in Minoqua, the Bearskin Trail leads west over a series of small bridges over-looking the serene Minoqua Lake. The area is a popular Northwoods tourist destination with many water sports, galleries and shops, trails and… Continue Reading →

Copper Falls

Copper Falls State Park is one of the most breathtaking parks in Wisconsin. Trails wind along the Bad River, giving visitors fantastic views of canyons and waterfalls. The dark red water, due to the amount of pine tannins in the… Continue Reading →

Lyndale Park Rose & Peace Gardens

Lyndale Park Rose and Peace Gardens are a lovely, public haven on the edge of Lake Harriet. Wander the gardens, admiring the experimental plants, topiary and roses. You will share the park with couples taking wedding photos, quinceaƱera, parties, Hmong… Continue Reading →

Caponi Art Park

The former home of artist and educator Anthony Caponi is now a wonderful, dreamy park open to anyone. Wander the sprawling yard and woods, filled with Caponi’s work. Ranging from cast metal pieces reminiscent of Rodin, to carved sculptures which… Continue Reading →

Scuppernong Trailhead

The Scuppernong Trail is located in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. This well well-groomed trail is quiet and secluded, with lovely large pines shading the trail. The longest trail, 4.6 miles, is popular for cross-country skiing… Continue Reading →

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 →

Token Creek Conservancy – Old Mill Site

This short trail circles a small pond with a few nice nice viewing locations. A nice quick walk and easy to reach. Token Creek Conservancy 6394 Portage Rd DeForest, WI 53532