Hiking trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio, USA

Hiking trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio, USA

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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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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

Nippersink Canoe Trail – McHenry, IL

With 23 miles of flowing waterway, Nippersink Creek is the largest tributary to the Fox River.

Nippersink Canoe Trail

 

Paddle through restored prairies and wetlands that offer plenty of sunshine and expansive vistas. Look down into the clear waters to catch glimpses of any one of 40+ species of fish that travel through; and watch and listen for birds of all kinds, especially Red-winged blackbirds who perch on the plant stalks near the banks, or swallows that skim over the water catching bugs. Great blue herons and white egrets are plentiful while kingfishers may be spied nearby. Grassland birds like bobolinks and dicksissels hide in the prairie but if you listen closely you may hear their bubbling and buzzing calls. Muskrats are common but Nippersink Creek is also home to beavers, as well as reports of river otters.

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Nippersink Creek is a wilderness getaway that provides excellent wildlife watching AND… It is never the same ride twice, so be sure to return often and in different seasons.

 

Nippersink Canoe Trail