Baxter's Hollow Preserve Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bluffview, Wisconsin that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.
This trail is at the heart of south Baraboo hills. It has a certain mystique and feels more wild than most other WI trails I've been to. On this early November day the oak/maple forest has shed its leaves, allowing blue sky and the early morning sun to shine in and project long shadows everywhere. Not far from the Stones Pocket entrance there is a relic fireplace and house foundation, complete with rusty car parts. The forest floor is covered with brown leaves, and dotted with pink Baraboo quartzite boulders. The trail is well-marked with orange and yellow signs. A nice walk. I gave it three stars because (1) there is not much flora and fauna to see this time of year, (2) this preserve is open for deer and turkey hunting (I had a friendly encounter with a bow hunter sitting on a tree not far from the trail), do wear blaze color during hunting season. There was no views. Also, on a scale of 1 to 10 for trail muddiness this trail is 11: parts of the trail literally are stream beds. The silver lining is that you get to see a lot of deer tracks on the trail. There's no facilities either. Will be back in the spring when plants return. The measured distance seems to be off: one-way is more like 2.5 miles, but you do need to go back the same way (and double the distance) if you don't have car shuttling.