I don’t know about you, but summer always makes me want to be more active after a long winter. Sure, you can hit up the gym, but why not work on your fitness outdoors? Last year, we
profiled some of our favorite trails. This year, we are profiling some of those, as well as some new ones we have discovered. So lace up your sneakers and head out to some of these awesome places.
1. Willow River State Park (Hudson)
There are numerous trails for you to explore here, and you can go as far as you want depending on your fitness level. There is a trail that takes you to the falls that is less than half a mile (Willow Falls Hills Trail). If you want more of a challenge and to see more scenery, try the Nelson Farm Trail (3.7 miles). You get a breathtaking view of the lake.
2. Horicon Marsh (Horicon)
This is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States, and it is home to all sorts of wildlife. There are five miles of trails for you to explore. You can hike or bike, and there is even a small portion that you can take your car out on.
3. Perrot State Park (Trempealeau)
There are several trails for you to explore here. For this view pictured here, take the Brady's Bluff Trail (.7 miles). For more of a challenge, try the Voyager's Canoe Trail (3.4) miles--this is the trail that French explorers originally went on back in the 1600s.
4. Devil's Lake State Park (Baraboo)
This park features a gorgeous 360 acre lake surrounded by tall bluffs with interesting rock formations. There are actually 29 miles of trails here for you to explore. Some of our favorite trails include the Parfrey's Glen Trail and East Bluff Woods Trail.
5. Ice Age Trail, Holy Hill (Erin)
The Ice Age Trail takes up a whopping 1,000 miles, and it is entirely contained within Wisconsin. So there are loads of scenic places to see along the trail. However, we really enjoy hiking on the Ice Age Trail as it winds by Holy Hill.
6. Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (Rhinelander)
With over 1.5 million acres of forest, we're guessing you'll never get bored exploring here. These aren't just any old forests, either. They open to lakes and wetlands, and are home to all sorts of wildlife. You can explore on foot or on bike, and there are plenty of places to take a scenic auto tour.
7. Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo)
This 2,000 acre features Mirror Lake, a gorgeous lake surrounded by sandstone bluffs that go up to 50 feet tall. The Hag's Crag Trail goes to a great observation point along the gorge. For more of a challenge, do the Fern Dells Trail (3 miles)--you will get a real sense of what this park is about.
8. Amnicon Falls State Park (South Range)
This gorgeous 800 acre park is home to several waterfalls--and what better goal is there for a walk than to see a waterfall? There are many ways to see the waterfall, from trails to along the rocky ridge of the river itself. There is also a quaint covered bridge to take the waterfalls in on.
9. Kettle Moraine State Park (SE Wisconsin)
This park is so large that it is actually comprised of two units, the Northern and the Southern. Both offer opportunities for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. Just in the southern unit, there are 160 miles of trails. We recommend parts of the Ice Age Trail (30 miles total) or the Ottawa Lake Canoe Trail.
10. Glacial Drumlin River Trail (from Madison to Waukesha)
In total, this trail is 52 miles long. It was developed in 1986 and it is one of Wisconsin's best bike trails. Drumlins refer to the low hills created by the pressure of glaciers when they were in this area.
11. Madeline Island (La Pointe)
When heading to the Apostle Islands, you will be temped to explore by kayak. And while that's super awesome, don't miss out on the cool adventures you can have on land. Big Bay State Park, and its super awesome beach, awaits you. You can also explore the Wilderness Preserve and Big Bay Town Park.
12. Peninsula State Park (Door County)
This park is just under 4,000 acres and it has all sorts of trails. This park is especially great for biking enthusiasts, as it has a phenomenal Sunset Bike Route (around 10 miles). There are loads of cross-country ski trails, too.