Horicon National Wildlife Refuge

MODERATE 10 reviews

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Waupun, Wisconsin that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.1 miles
52 feet

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

scenic driving




wild flowers



Horicon National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 to provide an undisturbed sanctuary for a number of migratory birds and waterfowl including the redhead duck as well as to provide opportunities for people to connect with nature. Horicon Marsh is a shallow, peat-filled lake bed scoured out of limestone by the Green Bay lobe of the massive Wisconsin glacier. The marsh itself is approximately 14 miles long and ranges from 3-5 miles in width. The northern two-thirds of Horicon Marsh is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as the 22,000 acre Horicon National Wildlife Refuge. The southern third of the marsh, 11,000 acres, is managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area. At more than 33,000 acres, Horicon Marsh is one of the largest freshwater marshes in the United States and is a critical rest stop for thousands of migrating ducks and Canada geese. It is recognized as a Wetland of International Importance, as both Globally and State Important Bird Areas, and is also a unit of the Ice Age Scientific Reserve.

3 months ago

Nice trail options off the auto trail depicted. An easy rating seems more appropriate since it’s quite flat and either paved or smooth grass trails. The boardwalk is nice.

4 months ago

We hiked in snowy weather in February. It was great to have the place to ourselves, and we hiked about a little more than a mile on uncleared trails. We would go again if in the area.

trail running
10 months ago

The loop shown here is actually the auto tour... which is also awesome. But Redhead Trail (2.7mi loop) starts here and is only for hiking or trail running... no bikes. You can bring your pup on a leash! Redhead Trail leads to RedFox Trail (1.5mi loop) and then into Egret Nature Trail/boardwalk (0.5mi loop). Very well maintained. Some shady spots. The entire thing makes a great loop. You can take the auto trail and park at the Egret Nature Trailhead if you want a short scenic walk. I didn't get to finish Redhead... but will be back!!

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