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The Best Running in Wisconsin

Looking for the best running in Wisconsin? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Wisconsin. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top running spots in and near Wisconsin

  • Delafield, Wisconsin

    Hike the Kettle View Trail at Lapham Peak

    5.0
    5.8 mi
    Head 30 minutes west from Milwaukee along I-94 and you'll find yourself in the quaint town of Delafield, WI. Head south down Genesee St. for a half mile and you'll see the entrance to Lapham Peak, part of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Once there, you can head up the winding road to the parking...
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  • Stevens Point, Wisconsin

    Hike to Moses Creek in Schmeeckle Reserve

    5.0
    2 mi
    280-acre Schmeeckle Reserve is maintained by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources. Everything about it is in pristine condition. You will almost certainly encounter wildlife, and sometimes the wildlife is quite curious. I have had deer walk within five feet of me...
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  • Fontana-on-Geneva Lake, Wisconsin

    Hike the Lake Geneva Trail

    4.5
    22 mi / 400 ft gain
    Park in the parking lot off of Fontana Road. The trail borders Lake Geneva, head out in either direction for this 20-mile loop. Accessible from March to September. 
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  • Fish Creek, Wisconsin

    Hike the Bluffs on Eagle Trail in Door County's Peninsula State Park

    5.0
    2.1 mi / 200 ft gain
    The loop begins at the parking lot of Eagle Bluff/Panorama and immediately descends 200 feet along the Green Bay coast. While paralleling the shoreline, you'll have a chance to explore caves, get your feet wet on the shores of Green Bay, and wander through white cedar forests. The hike is moderat...
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  • Waukesha, Wisconsin

    Bike or Run the Glacial Drumlin Trail (Waukesha to Wales Segment)

    5.0
    14 mi
    Your journey begins at the Fox River Sanctuary and E.B. Shurts Environmental Education Center at 810 College Avenue in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Parking is plentiful, and you'll find restrooms and bubblers (or, water fountains to you non-natives) available seasonally. The Glacial Drumlin Trailhead is ...
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  • La Pointe, Wisconsin

    Camp on Madeline Island

    5.0
    The largest of Wisconsin's Apostle Islands, Madeline Island is about the size of Manhattan, but extremely sparsely populated and a great place to explore a north woods ecosystem. The best way to get to the island is by ferry from Bayfield to La Pointe. From La Pointe, it is about a ten minute dri...
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  • Nashotah, Wisconsin

    Hike the Grass and Forest Lake Loop at Nashotah Park

    3 mi / 200 ft gain
    Park Hours: 6AM to 10PM  Official Nashotah Park Website Excerpt from the website: Nashotah Park is a 444-acre park nestled among rolling hills, woodlands, wetlands, and grasslands that offer habitat for deer, waterfowl and a variety of songbirds. Nature trails lead through easily identifiable lan...
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  • Washburn, Wisconsin

    Houghton Falls

    3.0
    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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  • Mellen, Wisconsin

    Hike to Red Granite Falls

    2.5 mi / 100 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 yo...
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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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  • Colfax, Wisconsin

    Hike the Hoffman Hills Outer Loop

    4.2 mi / 577 ft gain
    Hoffman offers convenient parking; there is one large lot, and one for overflow. There are trails that are easy, moderate, and difficult.  All of the trails however, are uphill.  Most of them end at the viewing tower, which showcases Wisconsin, and the beauty that goes along with it.  A very rewa...
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  • Middleton, Wisconsin

    Hike through Pope Farm Conservancy

    More info can be found about that here.  This is a beautiful 105 acre conservancy with several different trails.  It’s a great spot for a picnic and to bring the family.  There are interpretive signs so you can learn about the history of the land like glaciers and the different settlers.  They ev...
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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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  • Madison, Wisconsin

    Explore the University of Wisconsin Arboretum

    It is filled with effigy mounds, thousands of plant and animal species, and unlimited places to explore.  You can run, hike, bike, and even drive through the Arboretum.  There is a visitor center and you can host an event here.  Trail info  One of my favorite trails is in the Grady Tract area nea...
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  • McFarland, Wisconsin

    Bike the Lower Yahara River Trail at McDaniel Park

    2.5 mi
    This lakeside park has a newer bike/walking path. The park itself is an excellent spot for a picnic or catching a sunset! There is a nice play area and a rocky beach.   The path is known as the Lower Yahara River Trail and opened in 2017. It provides a non-road connection between Madison and McFa...
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  • Green Bay, Wisconsin

    Baird Creek East Loop

    4.0
    2.6 mi / 197 ft gain
    Baird Creek East Loop is a loop trail that is moderately difficult located near Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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