I’ll be the first to admit that while I find all the diverse terrain of Wisconsin beautiful, it’s also a bit intimidating. But just because you’re not ready to set out on a multi-day hike doesn’t mean you can’t get out to explore and enjoy the gorgeous hiking to be found here in the Dairy State.
Whether you’re short on time, working your way up to bigger hikes or just looking for a leisurely stroll, here are 11 awesome hikes you can do in less than three miles in Wisconsin:
1. Ancient Shore Trail at Potawatomi State Park - Sturgeon Bay
The Ancient Shore Trail at this park along Sturgeon Bay in Door County is just a half mile long. Perfect for the less experienced folks looking to get out into nature.
Located at 740 Park Dr, Sturgeon Bay, WI 4235.
2. Three Bridges Trail at Copper Falls State Park - Mellen
This 1.8 mile walk takes you in and among the nooks and crannies that have been carved out by a few million years of water over the craggy rocks.
Located at 36764 Copper Falls Road, Mellen, WI 54546.
3. Big Bay State Park - LaPointe
All but one of the trails here are under three miles - and that last one is a four mile loop. There's views of the bay, a boardwalk and so much more. It's a beautiful way to see Madeline Island.
Located at 2402 Hagen Rd., La Pointe, WI 54850.
4. Hixon Forest Park - LaCrosse
This park that surrounds Grandad Bluff features seven trails through the woods and bluffs that are three miles or fewer. You'll see all kinds of awesome vegetation and animal life. Located at 800 Milson Ct, La Crosse, WI 54601.
5. Tamarack Loop at the Kettle Moraine State Forest Northern Unit - Campbellsport
Not only do you get to see the Wisconsin tamarack tree, but this is an easy, two-mile walk that includes boardwalk, circles Mauthe Lake and travels through the Milwaukee River and Swamp State Natural Area. Located at Co Rd G, Campbellsport, WI 53010.
6. Ice Age Trail Holy Hill Segment - Hubertus
The full circle is around two miles, but if you just head to Holy Hill and then hit the Ice Age Trail to the east, it's a short two-mile hike through the foliage - this one is especially awesome in the fall. Holy Hill is located at 1525 Carmel Rd, Hubertus, WI 53033.
7. Cordwalk at Kohler-Andrae State Park - Sheboygan
This cordwalk protects the natural dune habitat while still giving you access to the area and the beach and providing awesome viewing for so many of the birds that use this area as part of their migration. At just two miles, it's the perfect length. Located at 1020 Beach Park Lane, Sheboygan, WI 53081.
8. Willow Springs Trail at Blue Mound State Park - Blue Mounds
There are a handful of short trails in Blue Mounds, but this two-mile trail goes through the forest, past a stand of willows and to a natural spring that flows year round and provided water for the first settlers to the area. Located at 4350 Mounds Park Rd, Blue Mounds, WI 53517.
9. Lost Canyon Trail at Governor Dodge State Park - Dodgeville
This one can get steep, but it takes you down into the canyon that's fed by Stephen's Falls. The views are breathtaking and it's just three miles long. Located at 4175 Wisconsin 23, Dodgeville, WI 53533.
10. Bison Nature Trail in New Glarus Woods - New Glarus
This park has several trails that are less than a mile, making it a good beginner stop. It's also an easy little side trip when you're spending a weekend in quaint New Glarus. This path is all about the prairie. Locacted at W5508 CTH NN,
New Glarus, WI 53574.
11. Ice Age Trail Gibraltar Segment - Lodi
There's approximately five miles of Ice Age trail in and around this area, but it's broken up into smaller, more manageable bits. The Gibraltar segment is 2.4 miles and does climb in elevation, but the views are so, so worth it. Located at