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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

Yellowstone Lake State Park

Enjoy a scenic drive to Yellowstone Lake. Then spend the afternoon hiking a series of easy paths, fishing, canoeing or swimming in the large lake. Bring along a picnic and enjoy the peaceful scenery. A perfect day-trip location. Yellowstone Lake… Continue Reading →

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.