Hiking Rocky Arbor Wisconsin State Park

It is hard to believe that Rocky Arbor, Wisconsin State Park is located just a couple miles outside of Wisconsin Dells.  The relaxed atmosphere of the park throughout most of the year is opposite from the hustle and bustle of the downtown strip.

Rocky Arbor Map

If you are like so many other people and need some room to breath make sure to schedule a hike around the approx 1.3-mile loop at Rocky Arbor.  The broken terrain of tree roots and natures debris over hard packed ground isn’t suitable for wheeled strollers and alike but the peace and quiet of this nature trail make this an excellent hike.

Rocky Arbor playground main

If you pack a lunch you can pull into the parking area, set up at any one of the tables available and enjoy a lazy afternoon picnic.  Children can burn off some energy on the small rock wall before heading off for a hike around the loop.

Rocky Arbor stairs main

The trail has two sets of stairs along the way.  One will take you to the top of the sandstone bluff where you will treck half of the hike.  The other stairs bring you back down to the bottom of the bluff and the trail loops back to the beginning, for a total hike of approx 1.3 miles.

Rocky Arbor Sandstone Bluff main

Over the years the sandstone bluffs have been eroded by weather leaving many impressive and unique creations.

Rocky Arbor Flora

Some of the flora found along the trail

Impatiens capensin also known as Jewelweed (Pictured first) were found throughout the lower portion of the hike.

The top mushroom pictured is a Russula emetica also know as The Sickener was seen throughout the hike.

Pictured in the bottom right corner is Omphalotus illudens is also known as Jack o’ Lantern mushrooms, these ones are still immature as their caps haven’t flattened out yet.

This piece of sandstone is a highlight of this trail.  Defying gravity by standing upright instead of tipping over and still capable of sustaining life and growing trees.


When spending time outdoors always be respectful of nature, use common sense and please follow any posted rules.

Always give more than you take and leave no trace. 


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