Wednesday, August 24, 2016

St. Croix County attractions for hikers

Overlook Trail, Eau Galle Recreation Area.
Four major attractions in Wisconsin’s St. Croix County offer great opportunities for hiking.

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway – whose 252 miles includes the entire length of the county’s eastern border – is largely urbanized in this region. A pier and riverwalk in downtown Hudson, however, provide for some fun day walks.

To get back to nature, you’ll want to hit any of the three parks centered on reservoirs.

In Hudson, Willow River State Park features a 45-foot waterfall that’s at the bottom of a 20-story canyon. Upstream, the Willow River is dammed to form Little Falls Lake. A dozen trails can be found in the park.

On the county’s east side, Glen Hills County Park sits southeast of Glenwood City. Several trails ramble around 78-acre Glen Lake, a flowage that keeps Beaver Creek from flooding. To the south near Spring Valley, the Eau Galle Recreation Area dams up its namesake river to form Lake George. A number of trails, including an overlook of the dam and reservoir, are located there.

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