Time and time again I’ve heard that Wisconsin doesn’t have any good hiking. After all, how could it possibly have a trail worth your time when it doesn’t have any mountains, or canyons, or oceans? Well, I’m here to prove to you that it does. (I’m here to prove that it has a trail worth your time, not that it has mountains or oceans, because, spoiler alert, it doesn’t.) Anyway, I stand by the natural beauty of the state. I’m not saying that Wisconsin has the absolute best hiking around, because that’s not true either. Especially since I don’t believe that any one location could be the best. What I’m saying is simple. Wisconsin has natural beauty that makes it unique and worth exploring.

To showcase the natural beauty of the state, and to prove the naysayers wrong, I have a goal and this page to track it. My goal is to visit every state park and forest in Wisconsin. My goal is not to hike every inch of every trail in every park, because that would be madness, but instead to visit them all and get a feel for what they have to offer, the highlights, the scenery, what the park is all about. It is my hope that you find some inspiration and inspire me in return. Let’s hike!



Wisconsin State Parks and Forests:

(Note: There seems to be disagreement online about an extensive park list. This list is a combination of a few different lists that I will revise as I go.)

Hiked there, done that…

Amnicon Falls
Big Bay
Black River State Forest
Blue Mound
Brule River State Forest
Brunet Island
Capitol Springs
Chippewa Moraine
Governor Nelson
Harrington Beach

Hartman Creek
Hoffman Hills
Lake Kegonsa
Lake Wissota
Mill Bluff
Mirror Lake
Natural Bridge
Point Beach

Tower Hill
Willow River
Yellowstone Lake
Wildcat Mountain

Left to Explore…

  • Belmont Mound
  • Big Foot Beach
  • Cadiz Springs
  • Campvellsport Drumlins
  • Copper Culture
  • Copper Falls
  • Council Grounds
  • Cross Plains
  • Devils Lake
  • Fischer Creek
  • Grand Traverse Island
  • Governor Dodge
  • Governor Thompson
  • Havenwoods
  • High Cliff
  • Holzhueter Farm Conversation Park
  • Interstate
  • Kettle Moraine – Northern Unit
  • Kettle Moraine – Southern Unit
  • Kinnickinnic
  • Lakeshore
  • Lapham Peak
  • Menominee River
  • Merrick
  • Nelson Dewey
  • New Glarus Woods
  • Newport
  • Pike Lake
  • Potawatomi
  • Rib Mountain
  • Richard Bong
  • Rock Island
  • Rocky Arbor
  • Straight Lake
  • Whitefish Dunes

Bonus Hikes!

(not managed by the Wisconsin DNR – county parks, other state’s parks, etc.)

  • Cherokee Marsh North Unit – City of Madison park
  • Mt. Hollywood Trail, Griffith Park – City of LA, CA
  • Bidwell Park – City of Chico, CA
  • Waihe’e Ridge Trail – Wailuku, HI
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