Summer is coming and so we begin our lists of what we’d like to accomplish before the warm weather disappears! My list for this summer involves a lot of hiking all around Wisconsin state parks. I’m so thankful to live somewhere that is thriving with nature and beauty. Growing up, we’ve always been an active family on vacations or at home. We’d prefer to be out and about much more than staying inside, especially when the weather is warm. A majority of these state parks offer many activities other than hiking which include: horseback riding, biking, kayaking along with cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.
Here is my summer bucket list on where I’d love to hike in Wisconsin.
This wasn’t on my original list, but my dad mentioned it to me about a month ago and seemed really excited to go! Governor Dodge Park is located in Dodgeville, just west of Madison. It’s a total of 5,270 acres and has about 40 miles of trails. With this many trails, you’ll be able to find a trail regardless of your skill level. Trails range in length from .5 to 15 miles.
Devils Lake Park
This may sound crazy, but having lived in Wisconsin my entire life, I have NEVER been to Devil’s Lake! Needless to say, from everyone’s gorgeous pictures, I’m absolutely stoked to experience this state park! Devils Lake is the biggest state park in Wisconsin at 9,217 acres! You can find it near Baraboo, Wisconsin nearby the Wisconsin Dells. With 500 ft (150 m) bluffs and a 360 acre lake, I’m most excited to visit here this summer!
Hiking the Apostle Islands may be a bit of a stretch for me since they are located in Lake Superior along Bayfield Peninsula in the northwest portion of Wisconsin. There are 22 islands where you can hike, kayak, sail, or cruise. I’m a solid 6 and a half hour drive away—yikes! Here’s to being optimistic because I’ve heard such great things and seen wonderful pictures. The scenery looks absolutely stunning, and what’s a trip to the Apostle Islands without kayaking through the sea caves? Bucket list worthy.
Kettle Moraine State Forest
As a whole, Kettle Moraine is quite large at 30 miles in length with 160 miles of trails, stretching from the village of Dousman to the city of Whitewater. There are a few specific trails and areas in Kettle Moraine I’d love to go to which include Lapham Peak, Scuppernong Trail, and Nordic Trail. You can find Lapham Peak 25 miles west of Milwaukee near Delafield. This unit has many trails ranging from 1-7 miles, adding up to a total of 17 miles of loop trails. Scuppernong Trail and Nordic Trail each have trails less than 5 miles, which can easily be a nice afternoon trip!
Quincy Bluff & Wetlands State Natural Area
Another state park that is bound to have gorgeous scenery to rival Devils Late Park! Quincy Bluff is 200 ft high and 2 miles long. This state park features sandstone cliffs, and the main one, “Lone Rock,” is 200 ft tall. This state park is found in Adams County about 20 miles north of the Wisconsin Dells in the central area of the state.