Hiking

Hiking is available in virtually every state park. Check the trail lengths and difficulty before you start your trek.

Northwest Lake Kegonsa SP – The White Oak Trail

Here begins our second journey through the Wisconsin State Park system. We took two “summers” (i.e., consecutive groups of non-snowy months) to visit all of the parks the first time around. I don’t expect that we’ll visit every Wisconsin state park again because there were some that just aren’t worth a second tour. We’re starting

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Interstate Park sign

Interstate State Park

There are some confusing things about the oldest state park in Wisconsin. One is the name. Do you call it “Interstate State Park” or just “Interstate Park”? The DNR site takes the simpler, less redundant route and says, “Interstate Park”. But that doesn’t feel right compared to every other location which ends in the two

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Straight Lake State Park

Straight Lake State Park

Straight Lake State Park is one of the newest and least developed parks in Wisconsin. I think one of its main functions is to “protect” a section of the Ice Age Trail. Take a look at the park map below and see if you agree. We parked in the closest (lower?) parking lot to the

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Wildcat Mountain State Park sign

Wildcat Mountain State Park

Wildcat Mountain State Park has lots of trails. Most of them are intended for horses; that is, horseback riding. You can hike on them too, but many are long and stray far from the main road. We kept it simple on our first visit. We hiked the Starlight Trail loop (1.4 miles) that follows the

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Governor Thompson State Park sign

Governor Thompson State Park

Based on the (current) satellite shots of Governor Thompson State Park, I was kind of expecting a rather barren wasteland to hike through. It was anything but. While there isn’t a whole lot to see, other than green and mushrooms, the park is (currently) quite lush. We took the Whippoorwill Trail on this our first

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Copper Falls State Park sign

Copper Falls State Park

Copper Falls State Park is much closer to Ashland than I thought. Of course, that’s only relevant if you live or are staying in Ashland…which we were. It’s roughly half an hour south of Ashland, just north of Mellen. I was expecting a much rougher hike than the one we experienced. Just look at this

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Amnicon Falls State Park sign

Amnicon Falls State Park

This article chronicles our second visit to Amnicon Falls State Park. We visited it almost two years to the day after our first hike here. I didn’t “count” that first visit as part of the completion of our goal of hiking in all the Wisconsin state parks because I hadn’t conceived the idea at the

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Pattison State Park sign

Pattison State Park

This article chronicles our second visit to Pattison State Park. We visited it almost two years to the day after our first hike here. I didn’t “count” that first visit as part of the completion of our goal of hiking in all the Wisconsin state parks because I hadn’t conceived the idea at the time.

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Big Bay State Park sign

Big Bay State Park

Big Bay State Park is one of only two Wisconsin state parks that is not on the mainland. Rock Island State Park is the other. Rock Island is in Lake Michigan; Big Bay is in Lake Superior. So, to get to Big Bay, you must take a ride on a ferry. You’ll most likely want

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