When you are hiking or biking, it’s nice to go on a trail with a view. The good news is that the vast majority of Wisconsin’s trails are scenic. But this piece highlights the trails with incredible water views. Here are 10 you should check out.
1. Oak Leaf Trail (Milwaukee)
This 108 mile paved trail encircles Milwaukee County. There are a few places to check out water, but we vote for riding your bike through the city.
2. Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek)
This park has it all: forests, scenic overlooks and awesome water views. Head up to Eagle Tower for an awesome view of Green Bay.
3. Capital City Trail (Madison)
This aerial shot captures just how awesome this trail is. You will see some pretty stunning views of Lake Monona and the city.
4. Osaugie Trail (Superior)
Take in both harbor views and city views on this trail. Recently asphalted, the highlight of this trail is when you pass under Burlington Ore Dock.
5. Huiras Lake (Fredonia)
This 435 acre woods also goes through a natural bog area. Step out on a boardwalk over one of the most pristine wetlands in all of Wisconsin.
6. Ice Age Trail, near the Wisconsin River
The Ice Age trail is one of only 11 national scenic trails in the United States. We recommend the (large) segment by the Wisconsin River. You'll be blown away by the river views.
7. "400" State Trail (La Valle)
This little known trail has been referred to as the most scenic trail in all of Wisconsin. Once a railway, it is now a scenic 20 mile trail that goes by bluffs and water.
8. Fox River Trail (Green Bay)
A former railway, this trail spans 25 miles. It begins in Green Bay, winding through downtown. The communities it goes through are Green Bay, Allouez, De Pere, Rockland, Wrightstown, Holland, Greenleaf, Forest Junction, Hilbert.
9. Green Circle Trail (Stevens Point)
For 26 miles, you can hike and bike through this loop going the Stevens Point area. The water features you can see are wetlands and rivers.
10. Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve (Grafton)
This little known park offers some stunning views of Lake Michigan atop 100 foot bluffs. While the terrain is rocky, it is accessible for all people.