Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Hartman Creek might be a zoo in the summer but you’ll be alone on the Ice Age Trail

hiking
1 day ago

Very fun little walk. Very buggy. But awesome plants and wildlife. Some carnivorous plants (pitcher plants) and butterflies. Good for kids but it’s not super well groomed.

Moderate loop with a couple of steep sections featuring a fantastic blufftop Mississippi River view. CCC-built shelter sits at vista. Part of the trail looks like it was built by the CCC. Bugs are an issue here, but they are not as bad as they are at some other parks in the region. Overall, Wisconsin is not really known for its hiking, but this is one of the best hikes in Wisconsin.

Trail is kept nice. Comfortable on the feet, soft ground.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful trail! A little bit of everything along the way. Like others, I wouldn't say this hike was difficult but be cautious of roots and rocks and pay attention to footing in some areas. Very enjoyable.

We took the Clark Lake spur to see pink lady slippers in mud-June. Gorgeous trails. We were all alone. Green trail return to Nature Center.

Awesome app! Would not be able to find best trailheads without it. It really got our family out into nature

It's an amazing place with tons of different trails with different levels of difficulty. My favorite place to go by far.

I grew up in this area, and it was one of my favorite, easy and accessible trails to enjoy. They have a smaller paved circle right in front of the trails for small, short and wheel chair accessible trail. Then a beautiful hill you can go up to see a wonderful view. Lots of cool trails, and not that difficult. The Inside part of the building is cool too.

A pretty hike with beautiful views and a magnificent number of wildflowers. The fields of prickly pear cactus were unique. The view at the end was scenic. The biggest downside was to remember to bring bug spray. Views would be best in spring and fall before leaves come in.

nice place doing it tomorrow

Not impressed at all. Trail is not being maintained at all. Got down towards the bottom and couldn’t find the trail. Had to turn around because the mosquitoes were insane. I saw a turkey though which was cool.

Awesome leg workout and beautiful scenery.

Not a difficult hike at all. The trails are easy to navigate and well kept. Not a lot of bugs. Very pretty walk for sure.

So many bugs including gnats so thick I could barely breathe. Also filled with mosquitoes and horse flies. Many parts of the trail are overgrown with very tall grass. Very muddy in areas. I won't be back.

walking
5 days ago

Beautiful natural springs and nice trails. Great for walking with some views of Lake Wingra.

Nice for running or biking. Very clear and straight path. Clusters of bugs because of stagnant water from creek so not great for walks/hiking.

Lots of wildflowers here on June 12. Well mowed. No insect pests. Lots more great trails on park map. No shade here but other trails have full shade.

nice little trail

Had an excellent mid-morning hike here. Did this as an approximately 3.5 mile loop instead of an out-and-back by taking the Turkey Vulture trail (a bit steep, but the path is wide, shaded, and well-maintained) up to and around the quarry, then took Homestead trail (shaded, but not as wide) back down.

The views are impressive, and the trails were pleasant (if a bit buggy). The couple of times I’ve been, there have been a few people using these trails, but not many.

To get to the trailhead, take Highway 51 to exit 190 for North Mountain Road/County Road NN. Head west on NN for about 1.5 miles, then turn left onto Grouse Lane. This road dead ends at the trailhead. Parking is informal along the shoulder, and there’s no one to check whether or not you’ve got a state park pass.

Nice, nearly flat loop on grassy trail featuring overlook of St. Croix River. Trail alternates between forest and prairie. Prairie portion offers good bird watching. Lots of bugs in the forest during the warmer months.

I with multiple aspen stands, mature white birch, a large cedar grove winding to the lake, a truly enormous diversity of plants, I can’t think of another, more interesting spot on the lake. I understand why it’s often crowded.

Beautiful. Long grass. Lots of butterflies. Wear long pants and use bug spray.

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail system and awesome bay area views! Don't forget the bug spray, and make sure to download the park map from the DNR website because that has more of the nitty gritty trails in it.

hiking
10 days ago

Really nice trail. Was looking for a hike on the shorter side of the scale and this was perfect. The trail is laced with tall pines, birch and other old growth trees. You’ll cross a few beautiful board walks with ferns, moss and flowers on either side. Best part is the trail that hugs the crystal clear lake for most of the hike. Definitely need bug spray this time of year.

Although I am a beginner I’m surprised this trail is marked as easy. It’s pretty narrow and cliffy at points.
Lots of chipmunks darting around and I could hear lots of things stirring about as well. Saw a large rabbit sitting in the middle of the trail. Took him awhile to yield to me haha. Very pretty views, will def explore again.

short but sweet!

Scuppernog trail is one of my faves! so many different loops to choose from and multiple scenic overlook points. beautiful place!

Best in fall, so you can get a clear view of lakes, but summertime makes everything extra green! Bring bug spray.

hiking
14 days ago

I enjoyed this hike. Lots of little break offs to explore and nice connections to the river. There was a lot of bush and the trail of wasn’t super well kept. And the BUGS WERE HORRIBLE!!! I was covered in bug bites by the time I left so if you do this trail don’t forget your big spray!!

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