Wisconsin’s McGilvray “7 Bridges” Hike

When looking for some peace and quiet consider heading to McGilvray “Seven Bridges” Road for a short hike, located in Holmen Wisconsin, in the Van Loon Wildlife Area.  Hiking to where the seventh bridge used to stand is a 1.8-mile hike (one way) on a hard packed easy to follow footpath.

McGilvray "7 bridges" hike bridge 1 Holmen Wisconsin

The walk to the first bridge is only 0.1 mile, making it such a short jaunt that even on the hottest of summer days it can be easily accomplished.  Even if you decide to hike no further than the first bridge, the tranquility of nature and the photo opportunities right here will have made your drive worthwhile.

McGilvray "7 bridges" hike bridge 2 Holmen Wisconsin

The second bridge can be seen looking down the trail from the first bridge, it’s only another 0.1-mile hike to get there, total hike distance thus far 0.2-miles.  If you stop to look into the water from the second bridge you might be able to see a couple of red-eared slider turtles sunbathing on the beach or swimming in the water.

McGilvray "7 bridges" hike - flora and snake Holmen Wisconsin

The small blue flowers are wild Forget-Me-Nots.  There was only one small patch of these flowers spotted on the hike in between the fifth and sixth bridge.  Such a lovely find, make sure to keep your eyes open for these little beauties.

The yellow Forest Sunflowers seemingly line the hiking trail during the mid to late summer season, making the entire hike a bit brighter and cheerier.

The Northern Water Snake was seen in the shallower water under the first bridge.

Note to self: stay out of the water.

McGilvray "7 bridges" hike bridge 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 Holmen Wisconsin

The third Bridge (featured in the middle row: far left) is a 0.4-mile hike from the parking lot and is a bit smaller and a little different than the first two, and only 0.2-mile hike from the second one and completely worth a bit of extra effort to get there.

The fourth bridge (featured in the middle row: middle picture) is a 0.8-mile hike from the parking lot and 0.4-miles away from the third bridge.

The fifth bridge (featured top picture) 1.25-mile hike from parking lot.  It has a different architecture than the other five bridges.  If you are taking portrait style photo’s, hiking to the fifth bridge for different structural backdrops is a great option.

The sixth bridge (featured in the middle row: far right) is a 1.5-mile hike from the parking lot.  Of course, now that you have reached the sixth bridge you must continue on to see the location of where the seventh bridge used to be, totaling a 1.8-mile hike in and round trip of 3.6 miles to get you back to the parking lot.

The site where the old seventh bridge use to stand is at the end of the hike and leaves no other option but to turn around and head back the same way you came.  There is a small wooden bench to sit down on and a sign (featured bottom picture) marking that there was once a seventh bridge here.

I would like to make a public service announcement that when spending time outdoors always be respectful of nature, use common sense and please follow any rules posted.

Always give more than you take and leave no trace behind

I always try to have a grocery bag in my pack so I can pick up any garbage that may be found along the way.


The orange cap was some of the garbage found and picked up along the trail

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  1. […] bridges came from.  But I really like photographing them as you can tell if you have read my post, McGilvray “7 bridges” hike or my Baxter’s Hollow […]


  2. Such nice photos and a beautiful colourful snake, they always make my heart race and feel privileged to see them.


    1. I’m good with snakes as long as I have a long enough camera lens to keep my distance 🙂


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