Hartman Creek State Park

Waupaca, Wisconsin

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Hartman Creek State Park is an excellent location for a weekend of family camping and mountain bike riding. The trails found throughout the park are extensive, covering the full width of the park’s property and skirting the edges of two of its lakes. All in all, just over 8 miles of trails are open to mountain bikers, all of which can easily be tackled by beginners not ready to explore the more technical rides in the book or families who want to bike together in this beautiful forest setting. The path is wide throughout, allowing riders to ride two abreast or at least to keep away from dense vegetation at the edges of the path at the peak of summer. The trails run right out of the campground on both ends, one set leading to Hartman Lake, the other to Allen Lake and beyond. The riding offers beginners a taste of the glaciated terrain that in other areas of Wisconsin is much more difficult. Here, the glaciers sheared the top of the land, flattening it into a series of small, rolling hills by scraping across it, receding, and then pushing forward time after time. The rich soil left behind is a perfect bed for thick, heavy woods.
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Mountain Biking Wisconsin

by Colby Thor Waller (Falcon Guides)

Hartman Creek State Park is an excellent location for a weekend of family camping and mountain bike riding. The trails found throughout the park are extensive, covering the full width of the park’s property and skirting the edges of two of its lakes. All in all, just over 8 miles of trails are open to mountain bikers, all of which can easily be tackled by beginners not ready to explore the more technical rides in the book or families who want to bike together in this beautiful forest setting.

The path is wide throughout, allowing riders to ride two abreast or at least to keep away from dense vegetation at the edges of the path at the peak of summer. The trails run right out of the campground on both ends, one set leading to Hartman Lake, the other to Allen Lake and beyond. The riding offers beginners a taste of the glaciated terrain that in other areas of Wisconsin is much more difficult. Here, the glaciers sheared the top of the land, flattening it into a series of small, rolling hills by scraping across it, receding, and then pushing forward time after time. The rich soil left behind is a perfect bed for thick, heavy woods.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Waupaca
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: The trails are open from April to November. The park is consistently good through this season. Spring brings cooler temperatures for comfortable riding. Summer is great for morning rides and afternoon swims. Fall is the most picturesque, with the trees displaying a vivid panorama of colors.
Local Contacts: Waupaca Chamber of Commerce 715-258-7343, Hartman Creek State Park, Wisconsin Department of Tourism 608-266-2161, and Wisconsin Off-Road Bike Association 608-222-5608.
Local Maps: The trail area is shown on the USGS 7.5-minute quad for Blaine and King. Maps are available at the ranger station at the entrance to the park.
Driving Directions: Directions to Hartman Creek State Park

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