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

walking
11 hours ago

Awesome cave and falls. Depending on which way you turn cave and falls is 1/4 or 3/4 always from the start. Worth the hike. Suggest good shoes. A lot of rock steps.

Short but interesting

trail running
20 hours ago

Very runnable trail that’s good for training. Some wooded some grassy. If you go north you can connect to the Holy Hill Trail for more trees and hills. About medium technical in some places otherwise pretty smooth surface.

A small and quiet piece of paradise.

A family friendly trail! Not meant to be a real challenge. Some rewarding views. Walking along the lake is pleasant. Worth the visit! Just wish the tower was accessible

on Rockport Park

trail running
1 day ago

In addition to what Joe said. Off the main trails are many single-tracks. They often intersect the main trails in several places. If you go out, be mindful of the orange loop. The orange loop trail intersects in several locations and you can get lost.

This trail is the definition of "bang for your buck". It is super accessible for hikers of all skill levels and is quite beautiful, in spots. Go early and hike the cloverleaf of inter-connected trails. Skip Stephens' Falls unless you like a crowd.

Pros:

- Close to home (Madison)
- Beautiful natural landscape
- Trail(s) is/are well marked

Cons: (not really)

- Super busy! Hard to relax.
- Crowded parking on the road
- Trail is heavily wooded in spots...mosquito and tick repellent is a must must must!

a real nice hike, lots of good viewpoints overlooking the lake. and at both ends if your feet get tired you can cool them off in the lake.

walking
2 days ago

Lovely well maintained trail to the magical Lost Creek Falls. Pretty easy overall, a bit steep for the last 1/4 miles to/from the falls. I live nearby and hike it probably 4/5 times per month.

This is a nice park for dog walking and mt biking. It isn’t really long enough to be considered hiking in my opinion. Dogs are unofficially allowed off leash if they are well behaved, so don’t go if you don’t want to encounter them. The park has been cleaned up and is in nice condition. If mosquitos are out, they will be thicker here than many other locations because of shade, wind shelter and lingering puddles after it rains.

Very easy and quick walk 40 minutes round trip. Go early. The beach gets packed with boaters.

walking
2 days ago

Able to stench this into a 4.5 mile walk with an occasional walker. Much of it is paved, nice when you get off of the pavement and into some woods. Some nice views of Lake Michigan.

hiking
2 days ago

The marked trail is actually a mountain bike trail. Nice enough, very circuitous, east to miss a turn as I did. Entertaining ski “slope”. Toboggan Run too.

Interesting set of trails, conflicting blazes, they tried to go modern, but the original blazes worked the best. The map on AllTrails starts and ends on a highway entrance ramp, not helpful at all. The trails are more like forest roads, very wide and close mowed. Enjoyed the walk anyway.

“Trails” are more like forest roads. Very well marked, but the green is more like 3.16 miles, not 4. Always find one way trails in Wisconsin curious.

We followed the 5.5 mile Thordarson loop trail that circled the shoreline around the whole island. Clear and easy to follow trail of moderate difficulty. Just a few ups & downs where we had to be careful with the footings. Be sure to check out the sandy shallow beach and shoreline on the Southeastern side of the island. BTW, the trail we were on was a loop, not an out and back as described.

backpacking
3 days ago

Started at the Franklin Nature trail and went clockwise. Beginning was very beautiful following a ridge and then descending to skirt the lake. Got extra water at the campground between Luna and White Deer Lake. Saw fish, frogs, butterflies and dragonflies. Was initially planning to camp near Harriet Lake but changed to Pat Shay Lake on the advice of a camper I met. Turned out the trail was flooded out where it passes Harriet Lake to the South so I had to backtrack to the road and take that to the dispersed camping east of Harriet Lake. Wasn't a great spot, it's among cabins. Attempted to get back on the trail in the morning but mosquitoes were too thick and I took paved roads back to the car.

Great hike. Beautiful scenery and trail is very well maintained.

Beautiful!

Awsome

Started this trail from Enee Point. It’s a nice hike, with some steeper inclines. As you climb closer to the top, it’s pretty clear why it’s named Pine Cliff trail, as dry pine needles cover the ground, which added a nice picturesque feature. To reach the peak, you will need to scale some rocks, but that just adds to the adventure! The view of the lake from the top can be a bit covered with greenery, but if you position yourself just right, you can see some very blue water down at the bottom.

Continued to Lost Canyon Trail from Stephen’s falls. There were some beautiful rock formations with regular encounters with small creeks throughout. Trail is well marked. I definitely recommend bug spray! There were some steep inclines, but worth it!

It was a nice morning for a hike.

Flat, easy trail with no technical or difficult sections. It’s good for walking/hiking and for easy running. Close to where I live so a nice break from asphalt trails.

Felt like more of a walk than a hike. Either super sunny or all shade and bugs. Some steep hills which is a good challenge but since it’s all graded felt more like a walk than a hike. The falls were great to see though but PACKED with people swimming and lounging. I’d suggest a weekday.

inaccurate title so giving it 3 star. Map depicts a loop combining *part* of east bluff trail and east bluff WOODS trail. check park map carefully. Be prepared, this area has paved areas and strenuous rock stair ascents.

Not a long or particularly adventurous hike, but the unique scenery makes it worth while.

The trail itself is very challenging and wonderfully rustic. From an aesthetic point, it’s great! I had a hard time finding the loop and ended up turning around because the mosquitos were absolutely awful. I even sprayed myself on the trail but nothing worked. I would love to try and explore this trail some more, but the bugs might keep me away

the park is very beautiful, but the trails are very poorly marked. if they were better marked, it would be a great hike.

hiking
8 days ago

july 12 just after rain. terrible mosquitos but gorgeous moss covered rocks glades of fern amid cedar. take hiking shoes, poles and deet for a good time.

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