Attractions May 25, 2016
7 Places In Wisconsin That’ll Make You Wish You Lived Underground
There are loads of awesome views in Wisconsin that are above ground. But take our word for it: there are plenty of underground spots that are pretty phenomenal. Here are 7 places that you should definitely check out.
Please note, Crystal Cave and Pewit’s Nest are temporarily closed.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Cave of the Mounds (Blue Mounds)
Cave of the Mounds has been a Wisconsin attraction for 75 years, bringing tourists from across the country. It is a natural limestone cave in the Blue Mounds area of Wisconsin that formed nearly 500 million years ago. You will be amazed by the colorful crystal formations inside the cave. There are reds, browns, blues and greys. Don't worry, everything is lit and there is a paved path to walk through.
2. Crystal Cave (Spring Valley)
This cave was discovered way back in 1881 and it is the longest known cave in Wisconsin. But it was formed a lot earlier than that--actually, it was formed some 485 million years ago. It is an awesome one to tour, and you will go some 70 feet below ground to tour it. Four species of bats call this cave home.
3. Maribel Caves (Maribel)
This cave occupies 75 acres. There is a rough cliff line which separates the woods from the river. There is a 50 foot limestone bluff. Along the foot of the cliff line are a bunch of small caves and openings on the rocks.
4. Kickapoo Indian Caverns (Wauzeka)
Please note, Kickapoo Indian Caverns has permanently closed.
The doors of these caverns opened in 1947. But the caves were actually discovered in the mid-1800s. There is a maze of chambers and tunnels created by an underground river through layers of bedrock limestone.
5. Apostle Islands (Bayfield)
The Apostle Islands are known for the beautiful jutting stones. But did you know that there are caves in these islands? The caves are accessible via canoe or kayak as they are sea caves. But you can also walk through them when the water freezes over and they become ice caves.
6. Wyalusing State Park (Bagley)
This park offers some of the sweetest views of the Mississippi. But going down rather than up will lead you to a little known part of the park. Go down Sand Cave Trail, which is about 2.5 miles. You will go past Big Sand Cafe and Little Sand Cave. These areas of limestone also have some gorgeous waterfalls.
7. Pewit's Nest (Baraboo)
This 40 foot deep gorge was created by a large glacier. It cut up the sandstone into what it is today. There are walking trails around it (no rails). It looks like something out of a fairy tale.
What do you think of these? Would they make you move underground?