Explore the most popular trails near Cross Plains with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Cross Plains, Wisconsin Map

Great shorter trail with a few hills. Beautiful little spot perfect for the pups!

The biggest challenge is getting up the trailheads, a gravel road at one end, rock stairs at the other. But once you're up there, it's a lovely, peaceful hike. My dogs have always loved it, too.
Sit a spell on the south facing bench overlooking downtown Cross Plains on a clear, crisp fall day, aaahhhhh!

Lovely & scenic, though the trailheads (rock stairs at one end, gravel access road at the other) might be a challenge for some to get up. But once you're up there it's a great, easy hike. Dog friendly (check doggie for ticks after your adventure).
We love to sit on the bench above Cross Plains on a cold, clear day!

Challenging run through prairie and rolling hills of back forest. Bluff views are largely obstructed and overgrown.

Classic Wisconsin ridge hike. Through some woods and prairie and along a bluff overlooking farmland.

Really nice trail with easier and harder options.

2 months ago

This has been (and continues to be) a favorite of mine for several years.

6 months ago

Skiing here is awesome, and there are some fun short loops with a thrill! Hiking is great especially if you’re looking for long views of the town of Berry.

Quiet, serene, picturesque, abundant trails.

Nice hike on cold winter day. Some very steep sections that are slippery with snow or damp conditions. Great views.

Went in August. This place has wonderful trails and we took a beautiful hike around the lake. i would recommend it to anyone.

Be aware that a portion of the trail map (by the green arrow) is not accurate. The actual trail runs further east. See the photo of the map with the heat overlay I posted.

Friday, September 08, 2017

We loved this trail, it was a blast! The alligator in a bikini was chilling next to the trail.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

We only got to see the boat lauch area. Plan on returning this fall to hike around the lake.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Glad I went - nice opportunity to get outside for a quick hike. Keep expectations low but it's always nice to get out into the woods whether it's 2 stars or 5 stars

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The southern portion of the park trails are well shaded while the northern portion is mostly open. The lake didn't appear to be big enough for motor craft, but there is a small boat launch. My wife, our 10 mo, and myself made the trek around the lake. The paths were well defined and maintained. There was very little elevation change so it was pretty easy. We would recommend for a relaxed stroll. The info booth and new restrooms are still under construction.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Hike it baby Madison group went back in the spring, the trail was easy to follow and shaded all the way,

Pretty nice, but not that much vegetation and the bluff isn't very high

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Trail condition good. Not green yet but woolly bear was out. Found a deer skeleton within prescribed burn area.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Little trailhead nestled in-between two houses. But the steep climb up forested hill soon makes one forget how close the trail is to housing development. Soon arrive at a bench overlooking Cross Plains town. The trail then meanders through thick woods and open prairies with big sky. The northwest portion of the trail goes through some great examples of driftless terrain (unglaciated hills) with deep gullies. Complete the final portion of the loop by walking on local streets. There is no sidewalk, but also little traffic.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We went and check out this trail in the middle of February, the trail was pretty packed with snow and muddy . It was very unpleasant to be on that trail., parking is not a problem

Monday, November 14, 2016

Very neat trail. While none of the hills in Wisconsin is 'tall' in any sense, this one has good prominence. The south end starts on prairie, climbs up the bluff. Giant sandstone boulders and bare oak trees dot the ascent. The geology signs along the way are highly informative, even include a real stromatolite fossil -- and thanks for providing magnifying glasses! Once on top of the bluff, the trail follows a ridge line in the woods, passing through several view points and a couple ravines. The plant life seems to be diverse -- will have to come back in spring to check it out. There is somehow a most unusual cairn along the trail -- a crocodile statue. Note: the trails along the east foot of the bluff is private property (unlike the Alltrails map suggests). There is no facility. The trails is closed during the nine day gun deer season.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Enjoyable hike

Monday, September 12, 2016

Well maintained trails. A few minor washouts on dirt portion but nothing major. Mosquitos are bothersome if you stop on trail. Basically the east portion of the park is forested hills with squirrels and woodpeckers, check out the chapel and lookout; the west portion is open meadow great for monarch butterfly watching and dog walking. The lake looks blue and nice.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Great for taking our pup!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Nice area, views, birds, and access!

on Indian Lake Park Trail

Monday, August 27, 2012

Definitely check out the church at the top of the bluff!

15 days ago

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