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Top Hiking Spots in and near Wisconsin

  • Washburn, Wisconsin

    Houghton Falls

    1.48 mi / 180 ft gain
    Houghton Falls State Nature Preserve is a small but mighty park located just north of Washburn, WI. Starting at the trailhead on Houghton Falls Rd, the trail takes you through a heavily forested area filled with hemlock, yew, and birch. About 1/3 mile in, the trail comes across the Echo Dells, a ...
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  • Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

    Hike along the shore of Whitefish Dunes State Park

    2 mi / 20 ft gain
    This specific trail is the shoreline from Whitefish Dunes to Cave Point County Park. This trail will take you approximately 30-60 minutes roundtrip depending on how much you explore or want to view the sights!  From the parking lot, walk forward toward the beach and turn toward the left (going No...
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  • Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

    Hike through Witches Gulch Slot Canyon

    You can most easily visit Witches Gulch via the Upper Dells Boat Ride and it was phenomenal! My kids were mesmerized by the mossy rocks, the walkways. Bring an extra layer because it is significantly cooler in the slot canyons than the boat ride. 
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  • Washington, Wisconsin

    Hike the Thordarson Loop Trail at Rock Island State Park

    5.2 mi
    Getting to Rock Island is the first part of the journey. Driving to the tip of Door County, drive to the Northport Pier and grab your first ferry to Washington Island. Once there, drive across the island to Kafri Ferry dock. This ferry does not allow vehicles, so you'll be carrying anything you'l...
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  • Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

    Hike around the Lake at Menomonee Park

    1 mi / 0 ft gain
    Hiking around this lake at all times of the year is fun. You can park by the beach on any side of the lake and you are greeted with breathtaking views of Menomonee Park's pond, or "Lannon Quarry" as others have called it. It will take you about 30 minutes to hike the whole thing if you are explor...
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  • Elm Grove, Wisconsin

    Hike the Elm Grove Park Loop

    1 mi / 100 ft gain
    Elm Grove Park is one of the most picture perfect parks in the SE WI area, so be sure to stay for sunset as the sky lights up! The 1 mile long trail wraps the perimeter of the park. It is paved the entire way, if you want to venture off trail feel free. Dogs are permitted at this park! There is a...
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  • Bayfield, Wisconsin

    Catch a Sunset at Hokneson Fishery

    0.16 mi / 11 ft gain
    Begin at the campground visitor center. Follow the marked paved trail right roughly .08 of a mile. The paved trail ends onto a sandy beach and the abandoned Hokenson Fishery. The trail itself is very short and should take less than 3 minutes to get to.
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  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Explore Lake Park

    1 mi / 100 ft gain
    This park has it all! Lake Park Bistro, golfing, hiking, a lighthouse, hiking trails, biking trails, and picnic spots galore!  Take the Oak Leaf Trail throughout the park to make a loop around all of the main landmarks in this historic park!  There are many things to see in this park! Multiple ra...
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  • Hartland, Wisconsin

    Walk along the boardwalk at Nagawaukee Park

    1 mi / 20 ft gain
    A great park that you can park nearby the lake (down by the boat launch), or park in the designated parking lot and take the boardwalk down to the lake, you can't go wrong with these views. There is a looped trail that goes from the boat launch, along the lake all the way to the beach. This a gre...
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  • Brookfield, Wisconsin

    Hike or Bike the Lake Loop at Fox Brook Park

    1 mi / 0 ft gain
    You will find plenty of unique things going on at this park at all times. People swimming at the beach on the east end of the lake, people canoeing from the boat launch, grilling, hiking around the perimeter of the lake, and plenty of people fishing on one of two piers. Dogs are welcome and encou...
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  • W4851 High Cliff Road, Wisconsin

    Hike the Limestone Bluffs at High Cliff

    0.8 mi
    High Cliff State Park has some great hiking and cool spots throughout the park, but something that isn't on the map is located right next to the Observatory Tower atop of the bluffs. From the main parking lot area, left of the observatory tower, there is an old stone entrance behind a wooden fenc...
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  • Mellen, Wisconsin

    Red Granite Falls

    2.46 mi / 246 ft gain
    Starting at the parking lot for Loon Lake, follow the signs for Red Granite Falls across a grassed yard and into the woods. The trail is a wide, well-maintained gravel trail that creates a figure-eight loop as it crosses itself twice. Halfway along the trail (regardless of which loop direction y...
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  • Boulder Junction, Wisconsin

    Hike the Fallison Lake Nature Trail

    2.5 mi
    Reachable by car or along the Heart of Vilas paved bike trail, start your trip by filling up your water bottle at the old manual well pump (if you forget there's another at the halfway point!). Turn right to start down the rolling 2.5 mile Red trail. If you're short on time, you can cut off some ...
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  • Saxon, Wisconsin

    Hike to Saxon Falls

    0.5 mi
    An unusual hike to see the falls, Saxon Falls sits next to a flowage station. On foot, follow the short, wooded hiking trail to the east of the parking area, which leads to the overlook location. For better viewing, continue down the path. The falls sports one of the deepest gorges in the region....
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  • Palmyra, Wisconsin

    Hike the Bald Bluff Trail

    3.2 mi / 475 ft gain
    Parking There is a small parking lot off of County Rd H. The trailhead is marked at the back of the lot. Please be advised that there are no facilities here. Trail Description The Bald Bluff Trail starts at the trailhead marked behind the parking lot. From there, the trail traverses 0.5 miles up ...
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  • North Freedom, Wisconsin

    Hike the Natural Bridge State Park Loop

    3.5 mi / 566 ft gain
    Located in Wisconsin’s Driftless Region, Natural Bridge State Park includes 530-acres of oak and hardwood trees, small prairie remnants with grasses and cacti, ferns, and the rare goldenrod and purple cliffbrake. Wildlife in the park includes turkey vultures, pileated woodpeckers, and bald eagles...
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