Hiking in Wisconsin

Top 10 Hiking in Wisconsin Locations:

It’s incredible the difference a few miles can make when hiking in Wisconsin.

A trail that starts in the woods can change in less than a mile.  Before you know it, you will be standing on a beach.  Next to the most colorful Cambrian sandstone rock formations.

Wondering, how did I get here so fast?

Amnicon Falls Wisconsin Sate Park
Amnicon Falls Wisconsin State Park
Number 1 – Amnicon Falls State Park:

This unique park doesn’t have much in the way of marked hiking trails.

But there is much to discover if you are willing to explore.

Amnicon Falls permits of trail exploration.  With a little imagination and an adventurous spirit, there is always something new to see.

Oh yeah, and don’t forget to pack your swimsuit.  While there is no designated swimming area, swimming is allowed in the waterfalls.  Or roll up your pant legs and enjoy wadding in the river.

Tyler Forks cascades Copper Falls WI State Park
Copper Falls Wisconsin State Park
Number 2 – Copper Falls State Park:

One of my favorite WI State Parks.

Many of the trails at Copper Falls hike past beautiful cascades and waterfalls.  Water has always had a way of melting my worries away.

Are you are looking for something a little more adventurous?  

Make sure to hike the Red Granite Falls Trail.  It is ok to explore off the path, and you can get right next to the flowing water.

Dells of The Eau Claire River waterfalls
Dells of The Eau Claire River
Number 3 – Dells of The Eau Claire River:

This unique Marathon County Park is an absolute must for hiking in Wisconsin.  The Eau Claire Dells Segment of the Ice Age Trail also passes through the park.

You get a little of everything with this hike.  Waterfalls, a rocky gorge, cavernous rock formations, and a footbridge keep me coming back to explore more.

No matter if it is summer or winter you are sure not to be disappointed while visiting this unique hiking location.

Governor Dodge State Park Stephens' Falls
Governor Dodge State Park
Number 4 – Governor Dodge State Park:

The Lost Canyon trail is a relaxing hike in the woods.  This trail is sure not to disappoint.

Such diversity to keep you interested.  The Stephens’ waterfall and the Wilson SpringHouse are like taking a step into the past.

By far one of my favorite places to explore in Wisconsin.  With plenty of hiking trails to keep a person busy for at least a weekend.

Hiking in Wisconsin
Dells of the Wisconsin River Natural Area
Number 5 – Chapel Gorge Trail:
  • Amazing hiking in Wisconsin Dells.

While others enjoy the hustle and bustle of the strip or wait in long lines for the waterslides, I can be found in the woods, enjoying the soothing sounds of nature.

Wading into the water or sitting on the beach, it doesn’t matter.  Relaxed and calm I can finally hear myself.

I pack a picnic lunch and wait for the Wisconsin Dells ducks to float by. I am waving to the boat FULL of people, thankful for the solitude I have.

Happy to have hiked the Chapel Gorge Natural Area.

Baxter's Hollow Wisconsin State Natural Area stream
Baxter’s Hollow Wisconsin State Natural Area
Number 6 – Baxter’s Hollow Natural Area:

Different than any other hike I have taken in WI.

Deep in the woods and less traveled.  Make sure to pay close attention to the signs on the trees. Or risk losing your way.

If seclusion and nature are what you seek, then Baxter’s Hollow is the place to hike.

Hiking Gibraltar Rock IAT
Gibraltar Rock segment of the Ice Age Trail
Number 7 – Gibraltar Rock segment of the Ice Age Trail:

The hike up to the lookout is a beautiful path in the woods.  The view from the top of Gibraltar Rock goes for miles.

I am particularly fond of the Gibraltar Rock Segment of the Ice Age Trail.  It’s just a few miles round trip from the parking lot and so much to experience along the way.

On more than one occasion I have seen people sitting on the ledges letting the day pass by.  I can’t imagine a better way to spend an afternoon.

Hiking Gibraltar Rock is a great get away from the everyday stress of life.

Fern Dell Gore Wisconsin Natural Area
Fern Dell Gorge
Number 8 – Fern Dell Gorge Natural Area:

Found within Mirror Lake State Park, the Fern Dell Gorge is a great place to take a break while visiting the Wisconsin Dells area.

If the proper weather conditions have occurred, you might be lucky enough to view the many cascading icicles.

Devils Lake State Park balanced rock
Devils Lake State Park
Number 9 – Devils Lake State Park:
  • One of the best hiking locations in Wisconsin.
  • It is visited by over a million people annually.
  • About 15 miles away from Wisconsin Dells and just as crowded in the summertime.

I highly recommend visiting Devils Lake in the offseason if possible.

There are many hiking trails here, and the Lake is beautiful.  Make sure you can spend some time not only hiking but swimming as well.

Devils Lake is a must hiking location in Wisconsin.

Roche-a-Cri State Park
Roche-a-Cri State Park
Green Hiker – Roche-a-Cri State Park:

At this unique State Park, you can view petroglyphs on the Cambrian sandstone bluff from the viewing platform.

Or get your exercise by hiking up the 303 stairs to the top of the mound.  The view from the observation deck is worth the climb.  On a clear day, you can see for miles.

These are just a few of the best hiking in Wisconsin.


External Links:

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Ice Age Trail Alliance


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Always give more than you take and leave no trace