Sunday, June 28, 2015

Photo album of Wisconsin’s Mary Park Trail

Day hikers in west-central Wisconsin can enjoy a walk alongside a placid lake in an urban setting on the Mary Park Trail.

The 0.6-mile round trip trail sits in Mary Park at the southwest end of Mary Park Lake in New Richmond. To reach the trailhead, from Wis. Hwy. 65 in downtown New Richmond turn east onto County Road K/East First Street. Then go left/north onto North Green Avenue. The road heads into the park.

The trailhead begins at the parking lot’s northwest corner (below).

Paved and wide, the short trail descends alongside the peaceful Willow River (below), which flows into and then out of Mary Park Lake.

New Richmond owes its motto, “The City Beautiful,” to the park. During the 1920s, Stella MacNally donated land to the city for the park, which later garnered sixth place in a More Beautiful America magazine contest.

A bunny on the greens (below). The trail passes two playgrounds, a small beach, and a picnic area.

Artwork graces the trail’s end. When the trail reaches the park entry road, turn back and retrace your steps to the parking lot.

Here’s a map of how to get to the park and of the trail there.

Learn more about nearby day hiking trails in my Day Hiking Trails of St. Croix County guidebook.