Explore the most popular river 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

If you go early in the morning on a weekday, it's very empty and peaceful. The later you go in the day, the more heavy traffic you will see. The waterfall is worth the walk. Beware of snakes, especially if you have little ones walking with you.

Great trail, moderate to easy but wear good shoes so you can climb on the rocks easily

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.

LOVE the waterfall and the scenic view points are great, especially the one at the top of the staircase. Easily a favorite and have visited many times.

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!!

One of the most scenic hikes in Janesville. Combine this with the arboretum and you have the most scenic 3 miles of the Ice Age Trail in janesville!

hiking
15 days ago

Easy and short hike! The beach is pretty and the water appears to be very clean so swimming is good! Would go back.

My family will come back here for sure! It's great for all ages and dogs! It's a great stay for the site you see in Wisconsin. To me it feels like I'm in Florida here. No JOKE.

Great loop trail! Walk Wisconsin uses this for an annual marathon in June. And just for the record, you can walk your dog on 90% of it (just not through schemeckle reserve). Green circle trail.com publishes a nice paper map you can find around town too.

Nice hike which includes various habitats but there is too much time spent on paved surfaces. Staying on the Ice Age Trail instead of remaining on County K for so long makes for a longer but more interesting hike. Trail is very well marked with numerous benches dispersed along trail for taking breaks. Decent number of creeks and wetlands for dogs to stay hydrated.

Did the green loop. I thought it was challenging with lots of ups and downs. Dogs OK on leash. Very buggy over Memorial Day weekend.

nature trips
21 days ago

Not much to hike at the Devils Punch Bowl, but there was a waterfall from snow melt when we were there in the spring. Hike the nearby Red Cedar Trail for miles of hiking.

road biking
22 days ago

I love this trail. I start at the old depot in Oostburg and it's a short half mile ride south on the street to where the trail connects. I have ridden 13 miles south toward Port Washington so far and it's relatively flat with easy grades. There is about a half mile of road at Cedar Grove and one residential street crossing, and a downtown street crossing in Belgium. I would also note that Belgium has a bike repair station right on the trail with a decently equipped set of tools. This section of trail is very beautiful and I have seen a good bit of wildlife. I always do round trips when I ride unless the trail is a circle.

mountain biking
22 days ago

I have ridden this complete trail 4 or 5 times now from a couple of different starting points and it is quite beautiful and well maintained. The trail passes through a variety of terrain and trail types including on pavement through parks and a couple of streets and road crossings and there is plenty to see. I suggest checking the website before you leave because they keep it right up to date with anything that may affect the trail vondions or route. It's about a 25 mile loop depending on where you start and note that if you are on a road or pavement there will be directional arrows painted on the road to guide you, with an occasional sign. There are a couple of parks that have restroom facilities as you do the trail as well.

mountain biking
22 days ago

hopefully it is 5 stars this is my first time on this trail

on Lost Canyon Trail

22 days ago

vestido, great hike

22 days ago

We started at the museum of art and did the memorial park loop and the headed north just to/past the beach area past tower drive and back for a 6 mi round trip loop. The oak leaf trail portions that we did were great for rollerblading, there was only one section near the memorial park loop that was not great for blading but not terrible. Would do it again and use different trail to get through memorial park for rollerblading.

trail running
24 days ago

I run this trail all the time for cross country training. It is pretty hilly, but is shady and cool for running. I think this trail is great for runners if you want to get a bit of a hill workout in!

road biking
30 days ago

A well maintained, wide, flat, smooth trail for biking or walking. The description above is inaccurate, however. The trail is 52 miles long, flat and EASY (it's a former rail corridor, with never more than 3% grade.). See the State DNR's accurate description here: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/glacialdrumlin/

backpacking
30 days ago

Overall beautiful location. Trails are marked okay there are a lot of off trails to make this much longer if you wish. I actually went 3.8, probably could have got four and a half out of it. Really no chance of getting seriously lost.

The topo information listed here is incorrect. *Definitely* not a 65 mile trail - maybe 3 miles total, and only a few hills with a gradual climb, no steep hills. The only strenuous climb would be the observation tower. This is an easy hike, great for kids. Dogs are allowed if leashed.
Be aware that there are no restrooms available when the nature center is closed, which means all weekend.
We went on a spring day when it had rained a ton, so it was muddy but still a great walk. We saw more birds than expected - robins, a zillion redwing blackbirds, lots of swallows and even a bittern on the pond. The lookout tower is a great spot. If a bathroom and water had been available, this would have been a five-star family walk.

This would be a cool MTB trail if I had mine, you will stir up some deer on the walk and see plenty of birds along the way.

One of my favorites! My kids love it and love to have picnics on the benches! Would be a 5 if it was longer and the trial was wider. If there are bikes it gets crowded, and the gravel makes a bumpy ride in the bike trailer.

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