Peninsula State Park — Part I, Eagle Trail and Terrace, Cliffs Overlooking Green Bay

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I’m always a little skeptical of the most popular state parks. I tell myself that they must be so popular for a reason, but still worry the experience won’t be the same with hoards of people. With an estimated 1.2 million visitors in 2016, Peninsula State Park is the 3rd busiest Wisconsin state park. (Beat only by Devil’s Lake with 2.6 million visitors and Kettle Moraine Southern Unit with 1.3 million.)

Even so, I’ve only heard great things about the beauty of Peninsula State Park. During a winter visit to Fish Creek with some gal pals on the wine trolley (really fun, by the way) I was surprised to see the entrance to the park right in the middle of town. It didn’t make sense how a large, popular park could be right off a main highway. Continue reading

Harrington Beach State Park — the Quarry Lake, the Great Lake, and Wisconsin’s Mining Past.


A chilly late spring afternoon is the setting for the first hiking plus camping trip of the year. With high temperatures in the lower 60’s and the promise to be colder and windier on the lake, we planned to make the most of the weekend.

Between Milwaukee and Sheboygan on the shores of Lake Michigan is a Wisconsin State park rich in beauty and history. Harrington Beach State Park offers camping sites, hiking trails, fishing, swimming, horseback riding trails, and more.

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