Hiking in Wisconsin
The following list of trails
is divided by region. It lists the
trail length and a brief description. There are also many multi-use trails listed on our Biking page.
Becker Waterfowl Production Area - 3 miles
Enjoy hiking three miles of nature trails in the Becker Waterfowl Production Area 1 mile north of Pardeeville on Hwy 22. Two trail heads with parking. One is located 1.5 miles north of Pardeeville on Hwy 22. The second is 1 mile north of Pardeeville then 1 mile west on Haynes Road across from the entrance to Indian Trails Campground. This 357 acre Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) hiking trail system is built and maintained by the staff of Indian Trails Campground in collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Trails are for foot traffic only. The WPA is open to wildlife observation, hiking, cross-country skiing, nature study and photography. Dogs must be on a leash except while engaged in hunting during established open seasons.
Big Hill Park - 1-4 miles trails, paved and gravel.
Panoramic views of river, beautiful fall colors. Access from County Road D and Afton Road near Beloit.
Emma Carlin Trail - 25 miles.
Mostly flat with some decent hills (kettles, moraines, eskers, etc.) Fabulous evergreen forests interspersed with hard woods. Wonderful for bird watchers. Good for mountain biking and day hikes. Directions: Take Hwy 67 south from I-94 near Oconomowoc. West on Hwy. 59 to Kettle Moraine State Forest. Trailhead is one mile south of Hwy. 59.
Ice Age Trail - 30 miles.
Connects with the Emma Carlin Trail. Hilly and varied with marshes, hard and soft wood forests, prairies and ponds. Bathrooms and water available at trailhead.
The total trail extends throughout the terminal glacier flow and is several hundred miles long. Not all of it is complete, but in the Kettle Moraine State Forest there are ample opportunities for hikes, backpacking and camping. South of I-94 on Hwy 67. Trailheads are located along the highway and several side roads.
John Muir Trail - 25 miles.
Fabulous mountain biking and day hiking trails. Connects with the Emma Carlin Trail and Ice Age Trail. Hilly and varied with marshes, hard and soft wood forests, prairies and ponds. Bathrooms and water available at the trailhead. South on Hwy 67 from I-94 in Oconomowoc. Follow through Eagle toward Whitewater.
Kiwanis Trail - 3 miles, paved and gravel.
Janesville city streets for part of trail, then part of Ice Age Trail. Milwaukee Street at the Rock River, Riverside Park, Janesville.
Ledge Park - 2+ miles, trails are mostly dirt and gravel surfaced.
Ledge Park near Horicon provides over 2 miles of hiking trails winding throughout the 83-acre property. There are 4 distinct trail sections traversing the park. Two of them require extra caution for children on this trail due to the steep drop-offs! The other two are quite family-friendly. N7403 Park Road, Horicon, WI.
Pelishek Nature Trail - 6 miles, unpaved.
Wildflowers and wildlife, also suitable for mountain bikes. Allen Street in downtown Clinton.
River Walk Trail - 3 miles, paved.
Along the Rock River, playground, museum. At Riverside Park at US Hwy 51 and Hwy 81 near Janesville.
Rock River Trail - 4 miles, paved and gravel.
Scenic river trail. Janesville near Monterey Dam, Fisher Creek Parking area.
Rockport Park - 7 miles, unpaved.
Hilly terrain, suitable for hiking, mountain biking and cross country skiing.
2801 Rockport Road Janesville, WI.
Storr's Lake Wildlife Area - unpaved.
Open marsh and grasslands, scattered woodlands and lake. Near Milton, east of Hwy 26 on Storr's Lake Road.
Coulee Experimental Forest - 8 miles.
Experimental Forest, located on a ridgeline overlooking West Salem & the Barre township. This parcel is almost completely ridgeline property, with three distinct trails designed & conditioned for XC skiing. Directions: from West Salem head south on County M until you see the turnoff (to the left) for County I. This will take you along the bottom of Russian Coulee, where there is eventually another right turn to County II and upward into a cut at the ridgeline's summit with a quick right turn into a gravel access road.
Hixon Forest CP - 4 miles.
Main lot is within Hixon Forest, on a turnoff from WI Highway 16 named either Bluff Pass or Quarry Road, although it's not very well marked. Next-best trailhead is on the ridgeline's summit, across the street from the National Weather Service's big white dopplar-radar golf ball on County FA (off of County F). South of I-94 on Hwy 67. Other trailheads are located along the highway and several side roads.
Blue Mound State Park Hiking Trails
Pleasure Valley Hiking Trail
A 1-mile extension of the Pleasure Valley Trail. Descend into a mixed forest of oak and maple trees. The trail follows Ryan Creek, a spring-fed creek, down into the glen. A beautiful rock face wall is located at the bottom with water from springs seeping out of it.
Along the south border of the park adjacent to the Military Ridge State Trail. It offers spectacular views of the surrounding area with easy access from the campground.
Walnut Hollow Trail
A half-mile extension of the Ridgeview Trail, this short trail takes you through a stand of Black Walnut trees before emerging back into the prairie.
This self-guided wooded 1.5-mile trail offers interesting interpretive signs explaining the geology of the Blue Mound area. Watch for flintrock boulders scattered along this trail as the trail takes you along the north side of the mound.
Bent tree and interpretive sign
Indian Marker Tree Trail
A half-mile trail named for an oak tree that was bent over 100 years ago and points towards a natural spring. The trail meanders along the north face of the mound through rock outcroppings. Native Americans and early settlers once used the tree marker to help locate water.
Necedah Marshes - 5 miles
Very limited hiking most of the year. During mid-late summer, all access roads are open to the public and all access gates are swung open. The Refuge is located 4 miles west of Necedah, WI, on Hwy 21.
Devil's Lake State Park - 29.9 miles
All Devil's Lake trails are open for hiking in spring, summer, and fall. There's a 1-mile interpretive nature trail, and the park has 1.5 miles of trail that are accessible for people with disabilities.; some other trails, such as the one in Parfrey's Glen , require climbing stone steps.
Lumberjack Trail - 12.5 miles.
There are two trailheads on the Lumberjack. For one Take "Old K" east from Boulder Junction to Concora Road. To get to the other, go south from Boulder Junction on Hwy M and turn left on Hwy K. Go about 5 Miles, just past Nixon Lake Road.
North Country Trail - Hundreds of miles.
This trail traverses many northern states, Wisconsin being just one of them. It winds through some rugged forest areas in the Chequamegon National Forest. Be prepared for some awesome scenery and plentiful wildlife.
Copper Falls State Park - 12.6 miles
Ancient lava flows, deep gorges, and spectacular waterfalls make Copper Falls one of Wisconsin's most scenic parks. There are many things to do—hiking, picnicking, fishing, and swimming. The park is one of the highlights of the North Country National Scenic Trail in Wisconsin. There are 54 regular campsites, a group camping area big enough for 40 people, a backpack campsite, and for people with disabilities, a rustic cabin.
Rock Island State Park - 6 miles.
This island is surrounded by 6 miles of rocky and sandy shore line. There are 35 camp sites in the southwestern part of the island. From Green Bay, take Highway 57 north to Rt. 42 to Washington Island.