List: The Best State Parks for Hiking in Northeast Wisconsin
(WFRV) – Spring has officially arrived and for many this marks the start of hiking season. For Wisconsin hikers, this season is one of the best, as unique trails and scenic state parks are right at your fingertips.
Local 5 has compiled a list of state parks near and across northeast Wisconsin that might just be calling your name.
Newport State Park is located at 475 County Rd NP in Ellison Bay. The park offers over 2,300 acres of forest on 11 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. For hikers, that means there are a total of 30 miles of hiking trails just waiting to be explored. In addition to the seemingly endless trails, the park also includes the “Dark Sky Park”, an open space for those who want to stargaze.
Peninsula State Park is located at 9462 Shore Road in Fish Creek and is considered the most comprehensive park in Wisconsin. The park offers a total of 20 miles of hiking trails, 460 campsites, a summer theater, an 18-hole golf course, a sandy beach, bike trails, a lighthouse, and more than five miles of county shoreline. from Door, making it a destination you won’t miss. I don’t want to jump.
- Whitefish Dunes State Park
Whitefish Dunes State Park is located at 3275 Clarks Lake Road in Sturgeon Bay. The park has 24.5 km of hiking trails, including 2.4 km of sandy beach. The area also offers a nature center and a bookable picnic shelter that overlooks Lake Michigan so all visitors can enjoy their lunch with a breathtaking view.
- Kettle Moraine Northern Unit State Forest
The Kettle Moraine North Unit State Forest is located in Kewaskum and features world famous glacial landforms. Visitors can swim at three beaches, go mountain biking, and hike the Ice Age Trail, which stretches a total of 31 miles. Additionally, hikers will also be able to take their furry companions along on their adventures as long as they are on a leash.
- Council Grounds State Park
Council Grounds State Park is located at N1895 Council Grounds Drive in Merrill and is along the Wisconsin River near the site of Native American encampments. The park offers many recreational opportunities, including group campsites, wooded trails, a beach, and an accessible fishing pier. The park has five trails encompassing varied terrain that is sure to keep avid hikers on their toes.
High Cliff State Park is located on N7630 State Park Road in Sherwood along Lake Winnebago. The park offers a variety of outdoor activities, including camping, fishing, swimming, biking and horseback riding trails, and of course, hiking. High Cliff offers inclusive hiking trails for people of all abilities. Additionally, the park also has a 40-foot observation tower overlooking the entire park, giving the word “breathtaking” a whole new meaning.
- Hartmann Creek State Park
Hartmann Creek State Park is located at N2480 Hartman Creek Road in Waupaca, right on Chain O’ Lakes. The park offers a variety of amenities, including camping, boating, swimming, horseback riding, and mountain biking. For hikers, this peaceful yet interesting state park offers about 10 miles of trails filled with beautiful nature and wildlife views.
- Harrington Beach State Park
Visitors looking for a full outdoor experience need look no further, Harrington Beach State Park, located at 531 Co Road D in Belgium, features a 715-acre park that offers camping, hiking, swimming, picnicking, bird watching, horseback riding and canoeing. Plus, hikers can explore the park’s seven miles of hiking trails and one mile of Lake Michigan shoreline where they can find the remains of a 700-foot jetty that was used in the early 1900s to ship limestone. .
Kohler-Andrae State Park is located at 1020 Beach Park Lane in Sheboygan. This park is widely known for its sand dunes, miles of golden beach, and abundance of wildlife and recreational activities. Hikers can explore any of its seven hiking trails that are sure to leave anyone in awe.
All visitors are required to purchase a seasonal or daily vehicle pass when visiting a Wisconsin state park. Residents can purchase vehicle passes at the park or online. 2022 vehicle admission stickers are valid until December 31, 2022.
To find a list of state parks and trails across Wisconsin, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website.