Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Great Day Hiking Trails in Wisconsin

Brunet Island State Park in Chippewa County.
Ableman’s Gorge Trail
Ableman’s Gorge State Natural Area
Hikers can walk into Wisconsin’s ancient past through a rare 200-foot deep canyon at the Ableman’s Gorge State Natural Area. Ableman’s Gorge Trail runs about a little less than a half-mile round-trip. The gorge stretches for nearly a mile in an L shape through this section of the famous Baraboo Hills.

Chippewa County
While Chippewa County is well-known for its number of high-quality hiking trails –those at Brunet Island and Lake Wissota state parks and the Old Abe State Trail among them – there are a few lesser known ones that are interesting to walk. Four of them in particular take hikers into remote woodlands, offering great back-to-nature experiences.

Eau Claire County
Day hiking opportunities – both urban and rustic – abound in Wisconsin’s Eau Claire County. Sitting in the county’s northwest corner along the Chippewa River, trails run through the county's largest city, Eau Claire, and alongside wooded riverways.

North Country National Scenic Trail
Chequamegon National Forest
Day hikers can explore a northern Wisconsin forest with massive old growth hemlock trees on a segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail. The segment runs 2.2-mile round trip through the contiguous Chequamegon National Forest and the Chequamegon Hardwoods State Natural Area.

Washburn County
Located in Wisconsin’s northwest corner, Washburn County is an outdoor recreational paradise. Several great trails can be found here, ranging from old railroad lines that run through woods to walks alongside the pristine Namekagon River.

Learn about trail guidebooks available in the Hittin’ the Trail series.