By Rachel Smith
Going hiking with the family is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and stay active while doing so. With diverse terrain, Wisconsin’s greatest trails offer easy to moderate hiking experiences—suitable for all ages. Escape into the wilderness at these five awesome hiking trails in the state.
Devil’s Lake State Park is a beautiful spot to go hiking. From rock formations to the beautiful views of Devil’s Lake—it doesn’t get much better than this. They have just under 30 miles of trail for hiking. Devil’s Lake State Park hosts a bunch of different children’s activities throughout the year, making it a great place to get your kids familiar with before your big exploration. Devil’s Lake Adventure Hikes are perfect if you’re new to the area and want a guided day tour!
Brady’s Bluff Trail offers tons of cool stops for you and your group to take. On the western portion of the trail, be on the lookout for the rock steps and walls that were constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. As you reach to the top of the bluff the views of Trempealeau Mountain and Trempealeau Bay are stunning. Pack a snack, some drinks, and take a break in the shade. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Located within Iowa County in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, lies Governor Dodge State Park with almost 40 miles of hiking trails. One of our favorite hiking trails is the Meadow Valley Trail which can be walked or biked on. Meadow Valley is a nice, easy five-mile loop trail which eases its way through forest, beautiful open Wisconsin meadows, prairies, and wooded ridges.
The Horicon Marsh is a true wonder, teeming with wildlife and offering magnificent beauty. The trails are open to the public for use from dawn to dusk. They offer several miles of trails that wind through and around marsh, prairie, and forest habitats. If you and your family are looking for something a little more off the beaten path—choose the Bud Cook Hiking Area where off-trail hiking and exploring is fully encouraged!
The Scuppernong Springs Trail located within the Kettle Moraine State Forest is the perfect one and half mile loop. Along the trail, you will find tons of different wildlife and may even spot a fish or two. Clean and clear springs run throughout the area. You and your family will be walking on history when you’re at Scuppernong Springs. Learn about the railroad grade, marl works, the marl pit, a Native American campsite, and so much more by picking up your very own Scuppernong Springs Self-Guiding Nature Trail packet.