Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

aka Polk Kames trail. Nice views, some of which are only seen off-trail. "Lake" is more of a series stagnant marshes, which certainly contributes to the bugs. (Much worse at dusk/dark.) Terrain is easier than Pike Lake and benches are well-placed. Old fence lines abound.

Best in Kenosha County and rarely busy. Plenty of Geocaches and stunning in the fall. Bring your bug spray in the summer!

The trail has a variety of options and elevation changes. We hiked for 1.9 miles today.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful trail along the lake and cliffs. Fairly quiet on a weekend in August.

Nice, flat trail that has everything...including occasionally overzealous bikers. Nice boardwalk, ponds, but can be a little muddy on the east end, beneath the condos.
Added bonus, climb the hill at the north end for a picturesque view in most every direction.

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!

My dog loved it. Really wet by the lake, couldn’t push thru. I think I found where all of Wisconsin’s mosquitoes are bred!

road biking
1 day ago

32 miles RT from North Lake to Menomonie Falls. All paved. Beautiful setting. Great ride!

Pretty but not worth the drive

hiking
2 days ago

Went early enough in the morning that it wasn’t crowded. I really enjoyed the trail but wasn’t able to complete the entire loop because of a Bear encounter. A Black bear came out of the woods onto the trail about 60 feet in front of me grunting (with a little bit of growling) and posturing. Scared the daylights out of me but i knew what to do and all was well. VERY awesome experience!

great hike. ....☺

Nice trail in Downtown LaCrosse within the park.

Fun hike, nice wooded and scenic views. When I went the bugs were not bad at all which surprised me since it's so close to the river. Just a warning, if you see a trail that seems forgotten don't follow it, it literally dead ends at a massive fallen tree.

This is a nice trail, but I would not call it easy. There are a few places with uneven steps going up and down that were made easier with trekking poles. I am in my 60s but it can be tricky if you are not expecting this terrain. Also dogs are not allowed in Janesville parks from May to October.

very short. but nice.

Beautiful, wooded, easy climb winding trail with great views at the top. Dog friendly. Gets a little busy at peak times but not too bad.

Wide, well groomed-trail. Most of it is grass and the rest is dirt through wooded areas. VERY buggy but if you wear your DEET, they'll leave you alone. The DNR does an excellent job of trail marking. Every 50-100 yards or so there is a post telling you which color trail you are on so it's pretty hard to get lost. Did the orange today (6 miles) and it was a great hike.

walking
5 days ago

It's a 1.2 mile long trail. Beautiful sceneries on both sides. It is part of a prairie restoration project. If you get down into the creek, the hiking gets adventurous. You can see signs of wildlife. I saw deer, rabbits and some birds on the way. it is good for your ankles and is good for running, walking or cycling

Trail was about 0.3 miles. Waterfall spot was nice but nothing too exciting. Most of the upper area has been blocked off because people used to jump and injure themselves.

my favorite trail. I live in the area and always love going to this trail. its busy but worth it. wish people would stay off the waterfall (as there is a sign that says u can't go on it) so it can be there years from now

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

For being a state park that is basically inside a city, this is a great park and trail. There are trails through prairie with beautiful wildflowers and trails to scenic lookouts. This trail goes by a dog beach and a separate regular beach with playground, bathrooms, and picnic benches. However, the water in Lake Mendota often has blue green algae blooms and can make you quite sick. Although there was not a bloom in effect when we visited, and the park ranger said it was safe to swim, my toddler swam in the water and played on the beach and he complained of a stomach ache the next day and had other symptoms in line with mild blue green algae exposure. So, I wouldn’t recommend swimming, but we liked the trails so much that he and I visited again (but we just didn’t swim).

6 days ago

Found this accidentally just wasting time waiting for somebody at the hospital. Wasn’t sure where I was at or where I was going there for probably didn’t do the whole thing but I’ll go back as it’s right in the neighborhood

Beautiful waterfall!

hiking
7 days ago

Actually geocaching. Oldest/first WI geocache located near Powder Tower. Nice maintained trails. Families, kids and runners on the trails. Detailed trail map most helpful. PeoriaBill.

Pros. Everything you love and nature time.
Con. Bugs (timing IG)

First part follows the bluff and has Unique rooted paths. First third is the most scenic and challenging. Second third is just a nice stroll in the woods. Last third he’s just a walk up the road back to the vehicle.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful! Just a little shorter hike than anticipated and was hoping for something more challenging. Great for a family outing or just to escape to a quiet beautiful place. Bring your swimsuit - you can cool off in the falls or in a couple quiet spots along the river. I’ll be going back for sure!

Beautiful! Just a little shorter hike than anticipated and was hoping for something more challenging. Great for a family outing or just to escape to a quiet beautiful place. Bring your swimsuit - you can cool off in the falls or in a couple quiet spots along the river. I’ll be going back for sure!

This was a decent trail. I’m not sure I’d label it as easy though! It’s not hard but you definitely need to watch your footing. Saw a good amount of litter and glass along the way.

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