This time of year, everyone is a hiker. It’s just too nice to not explore the wonderful state park and other hiking areas that Wisconsin has to offer. But maybe you’re not in the best hiking shape (yet!) or don’t have a ton of time to spend. Here are 11 places that you can go on an amazing hike in just a few miles.
1. Devil's Lake State Park
Devil's Lake State Park is the biggest state park in Wisconsin. You can hang around the large lake, or take many small hiking trails just outside. S5975 Park Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913.
2. Governor Dodge State Park
Governor Dodge State Park is a 5,270-acre Wisconsin state park. Steep hills, bluffs and valleys are the main attractions. 4175 Wisconsin 23, Dodgeville, WI 53533.
3. Willow River State Park
Willow River has 3000 acres of prairies, forests, and rivers. The waterfalls are nice to see, too. 1034 Co Rd A, Hudson, WI 54016.
4. Blue Mound State Park
There are 20 miles here for you to hike. Being perched on top of such a large hill, you get some pretty amazing views of some unique geological features. 10824 Village Cir, Blue Mounds, WI 53517.
5. Kettle Moraine State Forest
This forest takes up a great deal of southeastern Wisconsin, which is where there is no address. For being so big, there are numerous smaller trails for you to take. There are 250 miles for you to choose from among two units, the north and south.
6. Peninsula State Park
Peninsula State Park is just under 4,000 acres in Door County. There are trails through the forest, as well as nice trails along the 8 miles of shoreline. 9462 Shore Rd, Fish Creek, WI 54212.
7. Horicon Marsh
There are exactly five miles for you to take through Horicon Marsh. If you're into birds, there are plenty to see here. There are loops as short as a half mile. N7725 WI-28, Horicon, WI 53032.
8. Perrot State Park
This 1300 acre state park is in Wisconsin's Driftless Area, at the confluence of the Trempealeau and Mississippi rivers. You will enjoy awesome views of steep limestone bluffs and the river valleys. W26247 Sullivan Rd, Trempealeau, WI 54661.
9. High Cliff State Park
This state park is off of Lake Winnebago, which is Wisconsin's largest lake. People geek out over the 12-foot statue of Winnebago Indian Chief Red Bird, who watches over all. N7630 State Park Rd, Sherwood, WI 54169.
10. Potawatomi State Park
This park is located along Sturgeon Bay in Door County. There are trails as short as a half mile, such as the Ancient Shore Trail, and much longer ones for more experienced (and motivated) hikers. 740 Park Dr, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.
11. Copper Falls State Park
This state park offers deep gorges and breathtaking waterfalls. You will also be stunned to learn that you can also observe ancient lava flows. Mellen, WI.