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Lake Kegonsa State Park

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

Pier County Park

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.

Garvin Heights Lookout

If you’re in the vicinity of Winona, MN, take the time to wind your way up to the top of the bluff to visit Garvin Heights Overlook. You will get a stunning view of the Mississippi, Winona and surrounding countryside…. Continue Reading →

Kohler-Andrae State Park (Dunes)

Come for the dunes, stay for…more dunes! Kohler-Andrae is sandy, hilly, scrubby and gorgeous. Most visitors come for the endless sandy beaches, including a large stretch of dog beach. Take time to hike some of the boardwalks and view the… Continue Reading →

James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden

Tellen, like many fellow Wisconsinites, was bitten by the cement bug and the desire to create large, lumpen pieces of art on his property. “Naive” is the kindest term for his work. Some pieces, like the one of Abraham Lincoln,… Continue Reading →

Lake Macbride State Park

Located between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, the Lake Macbride State Park offers hiking, fishing, boat rentals and a very clean and attractive beach. Unlike Wisconsin, the parks are also free. An excellent natural area to stop and stretch your… Continue Reading →

Wildcat Mountain, the Kickapoo River & Viroqua

Located in the heart of the driftless region, an area of Wisconsin that the glaciers took a pass on, Wildcat Mountain State Park is gorgeous year-round. The terrain in the driftless region is far hillier than the rest of the… Continue Reading →

Mineral Point

Like Galena IL to the southwest, Mineral Point is a town that time forgot. Then time rediscovered it and opened up a bunch of cute art galleries and shoppies. Originally a mining town settled by Cornish miners. Many of the… Continue Reading →

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