Hiking is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of Wisconsin. Fortunately for visitors, there’s a good density of Wisconsin Dells hiking trails in and around Wisconsin Dells.
Devil’s Lake State Park
Devil’s Lake is set in the middle of the bluffs. Hiking in the park means you’ll get amazing views from the bluffs, sandy beaches for relaxing, and a picturesque lake in which to fish. The lake only allows non-motorized boats, so the peace is preserved. There are kid-friendly hikes and one bike trail, the Upland Trail Loop, which is 3.8 miles long. Don’t miss out on hiking the Devil’s Doorway Trail, which gets you close to the park’s famed rock feature. Take the side trail off of the East Bluff Trail. It steps down to Devil’s Doorway after about half a mile. Watch for steep drop offs! The park is located south of Wisconsin Dells, in the town of Baraboo.
Mirror Lake State Park
Come here to kayak and paddle this gorgeous lake, which can appear glasslike, thus the name. You’ll see straight to the rock-covered lake bottom through crystal clear waters. You can rent kayaks and boats at the park. There are several hiking trails near Wisconsin Dells and mountain biking trails in the park. The Echo Rock Trail is easy and paved and offers great views of the lake. The park is off Interstate 90-94. Take Exit I-90-94 to U.S. Highway 12 south of Wisconsin Dells.
Rocky Arbor State Park
Located just a mile and a half from Wisconsin Dells right off Highway 12, you’ll be amazed by the towering sandstone bluffs that seemed to have been poured out like brownie batter onto the park floor. The state park is lush with trees, making this a sight to be seen during the fall months. There also is a campground and playground at the park.
Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area Hiking Trails Near Wisconsin Dells
If waterfalls set into mossy rocks are your thing, then Parfrey’s Glen is your place. It’s a hidden Wisconsin gem. It was established in 1952 as Wisconsin’s first state natural area. The trail is set inside a gorge and the waterfall is a mile down. The first portion of the hike is rated as easy, but the last leg to the waterfall is more difficult; it requires some climbing, as a portion of the trail was washed out. The park is about 30 minutes south of Wisconsin Dells along Sauk County Highway DL.
Ice Age Trail
The Ice Age Trail is a National Scenic Trail spanning 1,200 miles of Wisconsin. There are several portions that come close to Wisconsin Dells such as the Gibraltar Rock Segment, Sauk Point Segment and Merrimac Segment. The scenery along the trail is fantastic—sometimes towering rocks, sometimes open prairie-like fields and sometimes fields of lush, green foliage.
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