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Madison, Wisconsin

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  • Merrimac, Wisconsin

    Hike Parfrey's Glen

    4.1
    Located next to the popular Devil's Lake State Park, Parfrey's Glen holds many of the same geographical features. Parfrey's Glen is unique, however, for the rock cliffs that tower over you on both sides as you make your way though the gorge.The mile hike from the trailhead to the glen requires so...
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  • Merrimac, Wisconsin

    Potholes & CCC Trail Loop

    4.3
    1.2 mi / 315 ft gain
    Park in the South entrance group camping lot to find the trailhead, just a few steps North of the parking lot. A few different paths you can take, but took grotto trail (.3 miles) to Potholes trail (.4miles) and looped back on the CCC trail (1 mile). Very steep climb for a decent amount of the tr...
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  • Baraboo, Wisconsin

    Balanced Rock Trail at Devil's Lake

    5.0
    0.75 mi / 433 ft gain
    Devil's Lake is one of Wisconsin's most visited and most beautiful state parks, offering many trails, activities, gorgeous scenery and more. There are various trails to explore in the park, including the East Bluff Trail and the Potholes & CCC Trail Loop, as well as camping that's offered. T...
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  • Baraboo, Wisconsin

    Hike the East Bluff Trail to Devil's Doorway

    4.8
    2.4 mi / 500 ft gain
    This hike begins at the east end of the North Shore Visitors' area. The hike starts relatively level before turning to the right and leading you up steps. The spectacular views come quickly on this hike as immediately after you reach the top steps you will be treated to your first glimpse of the ...
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  • Baraboo, Wisconsin

    Bouldering at Devil's Lake State Park in Wisconsin

    5.0
    Devil's Lake State Park in Wisconsin offers some of the craziest views in the midwest as well as an abundance of supreme bouldering sites. To start off this endeavor there is one key item: a parking sticker. You can obtain one of these by heading over to either the north shore or south shore park...
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  • Baraboo, Wisconsin

    Hike the Perimeter of Devil's Lake

    5.0
    5 mi / 500 ft gain
    Devil's Lake State Park has over 22 miles of trails for all hiking skill levels. To hike the perimeter of the lake, Begin with West Bluff Trail, hook into Balanced Rock Trail, and finish with East Bluff Trail. The bluffs surrounding the lakes reach elevations up to 500 feet. West Bluff Trail is a...
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  • Baraboo, Wisconsin

    Camp at Devils Lake State Park

    3.0
    Devil's Lake State Park has 29 miles of trail that vary in difficulty. The most popular trails are the East and West Bluff trails that circle Devil's Lake and offer some of the best views in the park. If you want a more relaxing day, head to the beach! It's a family-friendly spot that is the perf...
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  • Janesville, Wisconsin

    Hike The Devil's Staircase (segment of the Ice Age Trail)

    1 mi
    This segment of the Ice Age Trail features stairs, river views, pretty rocks, a nice park, and a golf course.  We started at the north end (not the park end) and enjoyed it.  If you have kids, I would recommend starting at the park end.  It is an out-and-back type hike.  From the south end of the...
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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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  • Baraboo, Wisconsin

    Explore Pewit's Nest State Natural Area

    3.8
    1 mi / 30 ft gain
    Please note this warning from the park's website: Climbing on rock walls, cliff jumping or entering the closed area for any reason is prohibited, and violators will be subject to a $175 citation. Visitors are also prohibited from bringing in food or beverage or being on the property between 8 p.m...
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  • Dodgeville, Wisconsin

    Camp at Governor Dodge State Park

    4.8
    You can make campground reservations ahead of time or drive into the park to talk to a ranger, and reserve a hike-in campsite for the a night.Once you're all set up, you can hike to the beach of Cox Hollow Lake to hang out, go for a swim, or snap a few sunset photos.There are beaches on both Cox...
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  • Reedsburg, Wisconsin

    Hike the Echo Rock Trail

    2 mi / 60 ft gain
    Park near the boat launch parking lot and follow signs for the "Echo Rock" trail. This trail will take you roughly 45 minutes round trip to complete from the parking lot. Well worth your time if you are already in the park as it is one of the best scenic areas and topographical landmarks that the...
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  • Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

    Kayak or Canoe through Mirror Lake

    5.0
    Wonderful spot to go kayaking, once you enter the park, follow the signs for the "boat launch". It will be the 2nd road on your left as you drive through the park. This park is perfect for camping, kayaking, and minimal hiking.  Kayaking is open in the summer and fall, and you can rent it by the ...
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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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  • Wisc Dells, Wisconsin

    Kayak the Wisconsin River in the Dells

    4.5
    Just minutes away from the hullabaloo of downtown Wisconsin Dells is the perfect spot to launch a kayak and paddle the Wisconsin River. Finding a place to launch a kayak on the Wisconsin River can be tricky but we found the perfect spot. To get there drive through downtown Wisconsin Dells and tak...
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  • Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

    Chapel Gorge Trail

    5.0
    1.85 mi / 240 ft gain
    Chapel Gorge Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
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