Strap the snowmobile to the trailer, make sure you’ve got some gas, and head to these state parks this winter to ride the trails.

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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High Cliff State Park sign

High Cliff State Park

Ah, the Niagara Escarpment! If you visit Door County and take any sort of tour or hike there, for example, in Peninsula State Park, you’re sure to hear or read about it. But what exactly is it? It’s a High Cliff. And thus, the name of High Cliff State Park, a park which sits right

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Peninsula State Park sign

Peninsula State Park

This is the account of our second visit to a state park during our week-long stay in Door County, June 4 through June 9, 2023. 1) Rock Island2) Peninsula3) Whitefish Dunes4) Newport Peninsula State Park, along with Devil’s Lake and Willow River, is one of the most popular parks in Wisconsin. I think that being

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Potawatomi State Park sign

Potawatomi State Park

There are 5 state parks in Door County, Wisconsin. We had originally thought to visit all of them in one trip, but we decided to “knock off” the southernmost, Potawatomi State Park, with a separate trip of its own. (We still plan to hit the other 4 parks in one week in June of 2023.)

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Lake Wissota State Park

Lake Wissota State Park

If you live in Wisconsin or Minnesota (or possibly anywhere else), you likely realize where the name, Wissota, comes from. Wikipedia claims: “An engineer on the [Lake Wissota Hydroelectric Dam] project [that created the lake], Louis G. Arnold, named the lake by combining the beginning of “Wisconsin” and the ending of “Minnesota”.” And you would

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Governor Dodge State Park

Governor Dodge State Park

Governor Dodge State Park is currently the 3rd largest state park in Wisconsin. (Buckhorn and Devil’s Lake are bigger.) As if to emphasize this fact, half of the hiking trails are over 2 miles long each, and almost everything shorter than that is either inaccessible directly or isn’t worth walking on its own. That’s pretty

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Hartman Creek State Park

Hartman Creek State Park

Hartman Creek State Park may offer the widest variety of activities of any Wisconsin state park. In addition to the frequently-found hiking, boating, camping, and hunting (and related) activities, you can go mountain (fat tire, singletrack) biking, swimming, snowmobiling, and horseback riding. Many miles of trails are specifically designed for horseback riding, for singletrack biking

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Harrington Beach State Park

Harrington Beach State Park

I think Harrington Beach State Park is the first state park that I’ve visited more than once. Not that I wouldn’t have gone there again, but the main reason I went a second time is that I lost (or, at least, can’t find) the pictures I took there the first time. Yeah, shame on me.

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Yellowstone Lake State Park north entrance sign

Yellowstone Lake State Park

About 75 years ago, folks got together and decided to put a manmade lake out in the middle of nowhere in southwestern Wisconsin. Thus, Yellowstone Lake and related state park were born. Yellowstone Lake State Park lies about halfway between Madison, Wisconsin, and Dubuque, Iowa. It’s also roughly equidistant from Platteville, Wisconsin, and Monroe, Wisconsin.

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