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Horseback riding is awesome

Discovered about a hundred prickly pear cactuses out here today! Amazing and beautiful.

1 month ago

Nice trail with plenty of contour. Monday morning cloudy 30s, didn't see another person.

The view at the top was amazing! The trail was steep and we had to navigate around two huge trees that had fallen across the trail. There also was a lot of erosion. Even though the trail needed some work the view at the top was worth it

2 months ago

Trails poorly marked. Pure forest and not challenging. Passed by many trails that were closed. Would not go again.

5 months ago

Skiing here is awesome with backcountry skis. Hiking is fun too but often surrounded by vegetation. Only a few peeks out over the lower Wisconsin Riverway

Short but fun.

Great trail with challenging hills!

Roamed these beautiful trails for hours with my dog today. Cant wait to come back with our horses. What a perfect setup for trail riding.

11 months ago

Beautiful view of the Wisconsin river

Monday, August 14, 2017

It's a steep climb, but the view is worth it. And don't forget your bug spray. ;)

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Beautiful Views!

Friday, June 02, 2017

Love Ferry Bluff! I go there all the time. the view is beautiful!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

I only hiked the northern half -- This is a system of long, well maintained trails. Very wide, no obstacles, with long flat sections interspersed with moderate grades. Good for an exercise, but decidedly uninteresting scenery-wise. Most of the trails have no view; there are a couple places with heavily filtered view toward west or east. The highlight seems to be a pavilion / cabin / shelter complex in the middle. There is a nice open meadow to the east of the complex, though it also offers rather limited views. Most of the trails are open to horses (though I didn't encounter any), some dropped fresh signatures along the way. There is a historical marker about Black Hawk at the northern tip of the trail. Not far away is a system of mounds -- though it is quite difficult to make out the elongated mounds. Also note that AllTrails' black trail lines do not accurately reflect the actual trail at places -- see my recordings for a comparison. This can be occasionally puzzling if you rely on AllTrails map for navigation.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

First day open. Trail clean with no obstacles. Saw Over half a dozen parties. Only very subtle signs of spring. No eagles.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

First of all, the trail is closed Nov. 15--March 31 to protect nesting eagles so plan your visit accordingly. The dirt road leading to the trail head is in good shape with only a few potholes, should not be a problem for any vehicles. The short trail circles around Ferry bluff and climbs moderately to Cactus bluff. This stretch is exceptionally constructed and maintained. At Cactus bluff there are 9 signs with good information arranged in half a circle. To see the views you'll need to go beyond the signs and come near sheer cliff drop. Use extreme caution here, a fall can be fatal. The view of Wisconsin river and surrounding rolling hills is spectacular, and this is a descent hike by itself. For the more adventurous, however, go back behind the signs and just as the short boardwalk ends take the boot trail up the ridge. This is a more strenuous trail with a short climb, some fallen trees to navigate, and tons of mosquitos. No eagles today. The trail is not marked but quite obvious. It rises to the top of the bluffs, and circles east to arrive at the tip of Ferry bluff. You will be rewarded with an exceptional view. The Cactus bluff view point is far below you to the west. You now have a much better, commanding view of the river. Enjoy cranes and geese flying below on the river. Turn back and backtrack the trail to return. Beware of mosquitos: I was severely mauled by them despite constantly showering myself with bug spray!

Friday, April 22, 2016

there is a second trail that takes you to the taller bluff next door. Much better view than the obvious scenic overlook point! little bit more challenging of a hike too.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

I love these trails. I go frequently as there are a few different trails that offer a number of difficulty levels. Some trails allow horseback riding as well as hiking and cross country skiing. I haven't seen any horses in the trails but have come across there manure piles so watch where you step. The trails are dog friendly. Caution during hunting season though as this fall I ran into hunters on the trails twice. They were actually squirrel hunting and some of the bullets were hitting trees a little too close for comfort. Also in the summer the tree growth can get pretty thick and mosquitoes can be unmanageable. Absolutely beautiful scenery though.

on Blackhawk Ridge Trail

Friday, September 14, 2012

This is a great trial that can be hiked in shorter sections. It has several access points, off of Hwy 78 and near the Cedar Ridge Campground (I think the map shown on All Trails gives an incorrect location). I think it's technically called the "Blackhawk Unit of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway" (http://lwr.state.wi.us/section.asp?linkid=233&locid=50). I have mainly hiked north of the "horse arena" or whatever it is... very quiet. Some little snakes and prickly pear! I like to visit the mounds. Maybe I went to a different trail, but I never saw views of the river. We hope to hike more of the southern sections soon.

on Ferry Bluff

Friday, September 14, 2012

Really beautiful scenic views of the river. You may also spot an eagle or two! Watch out, I got a deer tick there.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A nice hike up the side of the bluff.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I think this trail is closed. My girlfriend and I followed the All Trails map to a farm. We asked for directions but no one knew what we were talking about.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

What a beautiful view. The hike is easy and well worth the effort. I recommend this trail for families or anyone who wants a peaceful relaxing hike.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Pretty, historical trip with nice river views.

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