Devil’s Lake State Park – Wisconsin

If you can only hike one trail...Devil’s Lake State Park is located in Baraboo, Wisconsin and is Wisconsin’s most popular state park with about 3 million visitors per year. The over 9,000 acre park anchors more than 27,000 acres of parkland and natural areas.

Start at the Nature Center. A three-dimensional landform model of the park will bring the park terrain into sight from a bird’s-eye view. A series of panoramas make clear the formation of the valley, once 1,000 feet deep, now half-filled with rock and sediment and topped by the 50-foot-deep Devil’s Lake. Hands-on items include various bones, furs, shells, and rocks.

There is a lot to keep you busy at Devil’s Lake State Park! Devil’s Lake has 2 large, sandy, beaches, large picnic areas with charcoal grills, reservable and non-reservable shelters and over 29 miles of hiking & mountain bike trails. Concessions offer kayak, canoe and paddleboat and stand-up board rentals as well. Local Outfitters provide rock climbing and bouldering instruction as well as guided backcountry hikes & step on guide services.

Devil’s Lake State Park is known for it’s amazing rock formations and expansive vistas from the top of the Baraboo Bluffs! If this is what you’re looking for and you only have time for one trail, we recommend the East Bluff Trail. Plan for 3 – 4 hours.

If you’re looking for a flat trail, there are paved paths that go through the beach areas on the both sides of the lake near the beaches. The best flat trail options are the Tumbled Rocks trail along the bottom of the West Bluff or the Grottos Trail on the South Shore.

Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wisconsin.


Returning to the jaw dropping Sawtooths | Idaho

Returning to the jaw dropping Sawtooths | Idaho

Returning to the jaw dropping Sawtooths | Idaho
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On Location – Peninsula State Park – Door County, Wisconsin

Upon entering the Peninsula State Park, I realized how just a few hours north created an entirely different landscape.  The trees were so tall the I could not often see the tops.  The same area that I saw on the map…..was a bit deceiving as this peninsula is surrounded by Lake Michigan on 3 sides.   I could not help but wonder…could there be bears?  My understanding growing up in Northern Illinois was that bears where “native” to upper Wisconsin.  But upon checking in and registering my car (yes…there is a fee to park), I asked.  And the seemingly gentle man behind the check in counter went”gggrrowllllll” as if joking.  But then he said….well….there have been a few sightings.  Ugh…I would be hiking alone and this is different than many of the trails I had enjoyed closer to home where they are quite populated…and yes…no bears.  So he told me that IF I did see a bear all I need to do is  to just stand up tall and  make myself  look big.  While I might be a bit big around the belly…I am certainly not tall.

And ok.. while this site is all about nature, hiking and adventure…I must say Door County offers many small quaint towns, with a vast array of shops and restaurants…lots of outdoor dining (you hear….”outdoor”…so that counts).

Oh by the way and I never did see a bear.

Hiking in Wisconsin’s Ahnapee State Trail


The Ahnapee State Trail takes you from Lake Michigan’s rocky shore to rolling farm fields and orchards.   Traversing 48 miles through Door and Kewwaunee Counties, the Ahnapee State Trail is a delightful combination of old and new….. a rejuvenated, newly surfaced rail bed leading to adventure along the Wisconsin “thumb.”  The Northern 18 miles of the trail follows the  winding  Ahnapee river from Algoma to Sturgeon Bay.  This is the original part of the trail that now excludes extensions into both cities.
Another new wrinkle added in 1997 was a 9 mile extension south and west from Algoma to Casco.  You can watch the Great Lakes freighters manuever the Sturgeon Bay ship canal, see the fishing boats slip through the early morning mist of the Algom breakwater or just enjoy the woods and wildflowers on the inland roll to Casco Junction.

S Neenah Ave – Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Information: 920-746-9959