State Parks in Wisconsin

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State Parks in Wisconsin

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  • russianwulfgar
    Milwaukee, WI1,478 contributions
    I wanted to see the abandoned structures, Indian campsite, spring water bubbling up from underneath sand and the numerous springs all listed in the self-paced guide and I wasn't disappointed. You may want to bring boots for the muddy parts of the trail, but they aren't necessary for much of the path, unless you go there after a big rain. This is a nice, easy hike with beautiful landscape to see along the way. Some forest area, some prairie, wooden boardwalks take you out into the water area. The only drawback was that part of it borders a well-trafficked street and loud motorcycles and vehicles go by, ruining the peaceful nature of the hike. But it's a bit of a hidden gem, so there's not a lot of people on the trails, so you have it mostly to yourself. We heard and saw some Catbirds in the area, along with Blue Jays and migrating warblers. Look for the Batman bat house! While watching the bubbling springs, I got the sense that I was a satellite looking down on a strange planet out in the galaxy, watching the weather patterns on the surface. The way the sand moved almost looked like it was intelligent and trying to communicate, you certainly don't see sand doing that in every day life!
    Written 14 September 2020
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  • dambanker
    Toronto, Canada596 contributions
    Had to visit Devil's Lake as its a very short drive from Baraboo. I went to the South Side area as I wanted to make the trek to Balanced Rock and the Devil's Doorway. The drive to the south side was great, loved the winding road there. I had a chat with the Park Ranger about the hike. I was told that it would take at least 1.5 hrs and it could be a little hazardous due to the rain as the rocks on the way up would be slippery. I decided to forgo the hike. I was a little tight on time and I didn't have any rain gear either. The south area is quite nice though, with concession stands, lots of picnic tables and a beach. The whole area is beautiful and hopefully I make it back here to do this hike. Highly recommend visiting here.
    Written 15 May 2022
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  • HappyTraveler1957
    Wellesley, MA550 contributions
    A short (20 minute) ferry ride from the end of Washington Island at Jackson Harbor is this wonderful spot, full of treasures to explore. Hike the easy mile and a half to the lighthouse on the bluff or explore the boathouse where the ferry docks. Well worth a visit!!
    Written 21 September 2021
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  • Kristine K
    105 contributions
    Beautiful park anytime of the year. Even if you only drive thru. Nice hiking trails or you can walk along the road.
    Written 6 April 2022
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  • WeezyA2013
    Charlotte, NC105 contributions
    First a PSA: The old wooden fire tower is closed because it is not structurally safe. We thought people were aware of that, but if you don't follow what is going on in the park, you probably wouldn't know. We did not see anything on the park map that referred to the tower, but we ran into a couple who were surprised to find it closed. The good news is, it looks like the tower will be repaired rather than torn down. You can still get some great views of Sawyer Harbor and the ship canal from various points in the park. You will find plenty of natural beauty if you hike the trails. While the trails are well maintained, the trail markers and the map can sometimes be confusing. For instance, at an intersection, there might just be a blue marker with a hiker on it rather than a marker that indicates what trail it is. We are not the best map readers, but we encountered two other groups who commented on the difficulty of following the map, so it wasn't just us. I would not let that deter you from hiking on the trails, though. Something of note: The eastern terminus of the Ice Age Trail is in the park, so you can hike a small part of it.
    Written 18 August 2021
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  • Tommy599
    Two Rivers, WI736 contributions
    Lived in Wisconsin for 50 years just 30 miles north of the park and had neve been there! WOW what a great place for hiking and walking on the beach and sand dunes. Must bring our bikes the next time to really enjoying exploring this park. The restroom facilities on the beach are top grade.
    Written 21 November 2021
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  • Riplee04
    Madison, WI57 contributions
    We started our day at PSP with a trip to the large view tower/overlook. It's massive and impressive and very tall. It was an easy walk up the ramp (though took a little while to walk it) - it was better for us than the step steps. The views are amazing and the drive through the rest of the park was leisurely & impressive. We visited in the Spring and it was a little busy but nothing like it will be in the summer months. Highly Recommended!
    Written 19 May 2022
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  • ALMA C
    Louisville, KY5 contributions
    The walk on Bay Trail was nice. Got to see rock formations and beautiful water. I would have loved to swim but it was too cold. Was worth the trip. Advise: wear tick repellent
    Written 23 May 2022
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  • marcella54772
    Wheeler, WI37 contributions
    Trails were well maintained . Easy to navigate. They had maps that were very helpful self-service kiosk top pay for day pass to the park
    Written 19 January 2022
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  • Exploring_Couple
    Sheboygan, WI44 contributions
    Beautiful Upper and Lower Water falls had very easy access with a very short hike. We wish the park office had a person in it to answer questions, but had sign saying due to staff shortages the park office was closed. We figured our where the best views were of the falls anyway. Definitely worth the stop and short hike!!
    Written 22 September 2021
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  • garyhD7668IG
    Green Bay, WI171 contributions
    Hidden gem for kayaking or hiking. A less glamorous option than the Door county mega parks but worth a visit. We will be making this a repeat destination.
    Written 2 July 2021
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  • Oak
    Two Rivers, WI204 contributions
    Awesome views of Lake Michigan.. only costs five dollars for entry which is super cool. Could use a few more walking paths.
    Written 13 April 2022
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  • 126PaulineC
    Bolingbrook, Illinois, United States121 contributions
    During our trip to Door County we hiked at Peninsula State Park, Cave Point County Park, Whitefish State Park, and Newport State Park. This was our favorite. We parked in parking lot three and took Fern trail to Lynd Trail. There are a few places where it was not super clear which way to follow the trail but we figured it out. It was a beautiful hike
    Written 27 September 2021
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  • CarrieS3
    Saint Clair, MI115 contributions
    This trail is 5-10 minutes away from downtown Wisconsin Dells. One side of the park is a camp ground and the other side is a hiking trail. The trail has quite a few wooden stairs and also has a lot of exposed tree roots. My husband and I wore bug spray since there were a lot of mosquitoes buzzing around. We got an Uber ride easily to and from the park since it is close to town and we were without a car. This isn’t a “must do” in Wisconsin Dells but it was a nice interaction with Nature close to our hotel. It took us 1 hour to finish the trail. We enjoyed it!
    Written 1 August 2021
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  • Ross B
    6 contributions
    We made a stop in this park to see the beautiful Stephens' Waterfall, but a scenic drive through the park is a worthy goal, too! My parents took us to this park decades ago and we swam in the lake and chased the minnows. It's good to see some things haven't changed much. If you have a WI DNR patron license as I did, you can get in free with a printout of your state parks "sticker," which they will trade for an actual windshield sticker at the front gate. Otherwise it's about $8 admission for your carload. Many nice picnic areas and hiking trails, plus a concession stand by the lake.
    Written 3 August 2021
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