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!
(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.)
Black River State Forest
Brule River State Forest
Capitol Springs State Recreation Area
Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area
Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area
New Glarus Woods
(not managed by the Wisconsin DNR – county parks, other state’s parks, etc.)