Ferry Bluff is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sauk City, Wisconsin that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.8 miles Elevation Gain: 164 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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Closed from November to April to avoid disturbing the eagle nesting habitat in the area.

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3 days ago

Very nice short hike. Gorgeous views of the Wisconsin River valley.

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14 days ago

The best one yet!

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10 months ago

Short and sweet! Trail goes straight up but the view on top is worth it. Mosquitoes were ruthless out there. Some steep steps on the way up with wicked divots due to recent rains. Overall great little spot!

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10 months ago

Very quick hike, but quite buggy. Make sure you bring your bug spray. The view is fantastic at the top.

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11 months ago

Very good view at end. Bring bug spray!

Mon May 06 2019

One of my favorites. The view is breathtaking.

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Sat May 04 2019

Love this trail simply because of the incline & the amazing views....this is a very short hike...I clocked in 1.9 round trip.

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Sun Apr 21 2019

Amazing View!! So peaceful when not crowded with people on their phones.

Sun Mar 03 2019

Best view ❤️

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Sun Jan 06 2019

I had fun with this one. There are a couple of paths you can take from the main one to the overlook--first one that goes down to the river, second one that goes up to the top of the bluff. The bluff section is a bit overgrown, but I think it adds a mysterious feel to the trail!

Sun Jan 06 2019

I went to the trail head in January 2019 and found that it was closed from November to March to avoid disturbing the eagle nesting habitat in the area.

Tue Jul 24 2018

The view at the top was amazing! The trail was steep and we had to navigate around two huge trees that had fallen across the trail. There also was a lot of erosion. Even though the trail needed some work the view at the top was worth it

Mon Mar 19 2018

Short but fun.

Thu Oct 05 2017

Beautiful view of the Wisconsin river

Mon Aug 14 2017

It's a steep climb, but the view is worth it. And don't forget your bug spray. ;)

Sat Jun 03 2017

Beautiful Views!

Fri Jun 02 2017

Love Ferry Bluff! I go there all the time. the view is beautiful!

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Sat Apr 01 2017

First day open. Trail clean with no obstacles. Saw Over half a dozen parties. Only very subtle signs of spring. No eagles.

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Sun Sep 25 2016

First of all, the trail is closed Nov. 15--March 31 to protect nesting eagles so plan your visit accordingly. The dirt road leading to the trail head is in good shape with only a few potholes, should not be a problem for any vehicles. The short trail circles around Ferry bluff and climbs moderately to Cactus bluff. This stretch is exceptionally constructed and maintained. At Cactus bluff there are 9 signs with good information arranged in half a circle. To see the views you'll need to go beyond the signs and come near sheer cliff drop. Use extreme caution here, a fall can be fatal. The view of Wisconsin river and surrounding rolling hills is spectacular, and this is a descent hike by itself. For the more adventurous, however, go back behind the signs and just as the short boardwalk ends take the boot trail up the ridge. This is a more strenuous trail with a short climb, some fallen trees to navigate, and tons of mosquitos. No eagles today. The trail is not marked but quite obvious. It rises to the top of the bluffs, and circles east to arrive at the tip of Ferry bluff. You will be rewarded with an exceptional view. The Cactus bluff view point is far below you to the west. You now have a much better, commanding view of the river. Enjoy cranes and geese flying below on the river. Turn back and backtrack the trail to return. Beware of mosquitos: I was severely mauled by them despite constantly showering myself with bug spray!

Fri Apr 22 2016

there is a second trail that takes you to the taller bluff next door. Much better view than the obvious scenic overlook point! little bit more challenging of a hike too.

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Fri Sep 14 2012

Really beautiful scenic views of the river. You may also spot an eagle or two! Watch out, I got a deer tick there.

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Thu Jul 12 2012

A nice hike up the side of the bluff.

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Sun Apr 01 2012

What a beautiful view. The hike is easy and well worth the effort. I recommend this trail for families or anyone who wants a peaceful relaxing hike.

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1 month ago

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