Hiking is one of the most fulfilling activities you can do. You become immersed in nature and discover worlds you never knew existed. But a lot of people don’t hike because it is intimidating. Specifically, they feel like they aren’t in good enough shape to start. But whatever your fitness level or body type, you can start hiking. Here are 10 easy hikes to get you hooked on hiking.
1. Devil's Lake State Park
Many people visit this amazing state park each year, due to its amazing rock formations and gorgeous, large lake. Make sure to hike the Devil's Doorway trail (for one of the most iconic spots in the park). Hike the Grottos Trail (.7 miles).
2. Madeline Island
Known for kayaking, the striking Apostle Islands can also be explored on foot. Big Bay State Park is a wonderful place to explore. The Boardwalk trail is just one mile.
3. Peninsula State Park
Get a great view of Green Bay from the scenic overlooks at this park. The Lone Pine Trail is just half mile, and you go up a bluff and through a forested area. The Vita Course trail is a mile, and is relatively flat.
4. Rib Mountain
This park is on top of a hill that is a billion years old. Yes, you did read that right. There are almost 12 miles of hiking trails. But walk as far or short as you want.
5. Perrot State Park
This state park has 500 foot bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. Take the Brady's Bluff Trail, which is only .7 miles but gives you this stunning view pictured here. This bluff raises over 400 miles above the river.
6. Governor Dodge State Park
Steep hills, bluffs and deep valleys define this park. Take Cave Trail (1 mile) to go by Thomas' Cave, a large cave. The .5 mile Gold Mine trail goes through both forest and prairie.
7. Mirror Lake State Park
This lake is so named because it is crystal clear. There are a couple of short trails. The Ringling Pass is just .3 miles. The Nature Trail is .7 miles. And the Kilbourn Trail is .8 miles and is rather easy to hike.
8. High Cliff State Park
This state park contains a large rock escarpment that goes from here all the way to New York's Niagara Falls. The Indian Mound Trail is .6 miles and goes through Indian burial mounds. The Lime Kiln trail is less than a mile and it goes by lime kiln ruins.
9. Horicon Marsh
These trails take you through the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States. It is home to 300 species of birds. The Indermuehle Island Loop is only .8 miles.
10. Kohler-Andrae State Park
Enjoy some of the only sand dunes in Wisconsin. Short trails include Black River Marsh Boardwalk (.25 miles). You can also hike the Creeping Juniper Nature Trail, a half mile trail going around the nature center.