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Ferry Bluff

Ferry Bluff is a must-see Wisconsin location that takes a bit more effort than others to visit. The Wisconsin River, dotted with sandbars, spreads out below you for miles, with rolling hills beyond. There are few views this spectacular in the state; it is on par with Wildcat Mountain.

Middleton Hills Park

Within a few steps, you will be surrounded by cattails, croaking frogs and Sandhill cranes prowling for dinner. Not a long walk, but a pleasant little natural oasis which is also quite accessible to all.

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!

Lake Kegonsa State Park

Lake Kegonsa State Park is a small park, a short drive from Madison.

Pier County Park and Natural Bridge

The Pier County Park contains the largest natural bridge in the state of Wisconsin – nearly a half mile long.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Despite small signs of human encroachment, the native plants are left to flower and spread.

North Mendota Wildlife Area

Surrounded by Governor Nelson State Park, the Holy Wisdom Monastery, and a new sub-division of McMansions, this Prairie is a pleasant little natural area.

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