By Rachel Smith
There’s nothing more energizing and fulfilling than completing a hike. Whether it’s a short or lengthy trail loop, we’ve found some of the most beautiful and exhilarating hikes in the state. Check out our top five energizing hikes—they’ll get your heart pumping for a satisfying trek!
The Lone Rock Trail is a nine-mile loop part of the Quincy Bluff State Park. This moderate hike will really get you moving. If you are looking for an exhilarating, long, and rustic trail, Lone Rock Trail is perfect for you. This hike will take you a while to get through so pack some food and pace yourself for a beautiful end destination.
The West Bluff Trail is a challenging hike part of Devil’s Lake State Park. The 3.5-mile loop is an energizing course but the views are spectacular. The trail combined with the Tumbled Rocks Trail will take nearly an hour and a half to complete. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment like none other when you’ve completed the route.
Come visit Wisconsin’s highest natural point on this 10-mile hike. The Timm’s Hill Trail is a moderate trail but lengthy to say the least. This trail connects to the National Ice Age and Rib Lake Trails. The trails are open year around so the fun never stops. You’ll love the 360-degree views from atop Timm’s Hill.
Lost Canyon Trail is a moderate hike within Governor Dodge State Park. This three-mile loop has several steep grades. Your blood will be pumping and a couple of stops may have to be made on the way up. You’ll find thick forested areas along your hike and a waterfall! Best times for hiking are March to October. Bring layers during the fall months because it gets chilly!
Located in Perrot State Park, Brady’s Bluff Trail is a moderately challenging hike. You’ll feel a new sense of energy upon completing this .7-mile route. This beautiful hike is part of Wisconsin’s Driftless area and will take you above the gorgeous Mississippi River. The hike may be tiring but the views are breathtaking. You’ll catch a second wind atop Brady’s Bluff.