Best Birding in Wisconsin

This list represents the most popular birding in Wisconsin. Use this list to plan your next Wisconsin birding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Gandy Dancer Trail

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    Saint Croix Falls, WI

    The Gandy Dancer has a nice mix of woodlot, farm, marsh, and lake scenery, with frequent services at nine communities along the trail. An exceptionally scenic state park is near the southern ...
    •  47.1 miles
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    The Gandy Dancer has a nice mix of woodlot, farm, marsh, and lake scenery, with frequent services at nine communities along ...

  • #2 Red Cedar State Trail

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    Menomonie, WI

    Red Cedar State Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Menomonie, Wisconsin. It is 14.6 miles long and begins at 730 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 29.1 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  14.6 miles

    Red Cedar State Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Menomonie, Wisconsin. It is 14.6 miles long and begins at 730 feet ...

  • #3 Edna Taylor Conservation Park

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    Madison, WI

    This 56-acre conservation park is laid out along a glacial drumlin, or small hill, not far from the eastern shore of Lake Monona. It is a wonderful spot for a quick escape from the noise and ...
    •  1-1.5 hours
    •  1.7 miles
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    This 56-acre conservation park is laid out along a glacial drumlin, or small hill, not far from the eastern shore of Lake ...

  • #4 Swan Lake State Wildlife Area

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    Portage, WI

    Explore an overgrown trail along a dike through wetlands to an island of oak savanna surrounded by pockets of marsh and open water. Waterfowl and migratory birds abound. The difficulty here ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.8 miles
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    Explore an overgrown trail along a dike through wetlands to an island of oak savanna surrounded by pockets of marsh and open ...

  • #5 Kettle View Trail

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    Delafield, WI

    Lapham Peak, named for a local scientist and naturalist, is the highest point in Waukesha County. At 1,233 feet, it is a typical hill found in the glacier-formed landscape of southeast Wisconsin. ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5.6 miles
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    Lapham Peak, named for a local scientist and naturalist, is the highest point in Waukesha County. At 1,233 feet, it is a ...

  • #6 Gallistel Woods

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    Madison, WI

    This hike explores the northern parcel of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum, near Lake Wingra. Leave the hiker trailhead, then explore some Indian mounds. After that, take off in hilly woods, ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.7 miles
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    This hike explores the northern parcel of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum, near Lake Wingra. Leave the hiker trailhead, ...

  • #7 Horicon National Wildlife Refuge

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    Horicon, WI

    Low-lying hills offer great views of prairie and wetlands, and a floating boardwalk allows access to the marsh and its bounty of wildlife. This is the federally run portion of the marsh, so there ...
    •  1.5-2 hours
    •  4.3 miles
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    Low-lying hills offer great views of prairie and wetlands, and a floating boardwalk allows access to the marsh and its bounty ...

  • #8 Pheasant Branch Conservancy

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    Middleton, WI

    Pheasant Branch Conservancy is a gem of a nature preserve tucked away in the Mad-ison suburb of Middleton. This hike runs through a wealth of habitats, including oak savanna, prairie, sedge meadow, ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.1 miles
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    Pheasant Branch Conservancy is a gem of a nature preserve tucked away in the Mad-ison suburb of Middleton. This hike runs ...

  • #9 Picnic Point

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    Madison, WI

    A 300-acre nature preserve that stretches along the shore of Lake Mendota from just past the University of Wisconsin Hospital to a residential area surrounded by woods, this pocket of wilderness ...
    •  2-2.5 hours
    •  3.7 miles
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    A 300-acre nature preserve that stretches along the shore of Lake Mendota from just past the University of Wisconsin Hospital ...

  • #10 Curtis Prairie

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    Madison, WI

    Explore environmental history on this hike through the world’s first restored prairie. Start at the arboretum visitor center and skirt famed Curtis Prairie. You will then enter the Leopold Pines, ...
    •  2 hours
    •  2.4 miles
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    Explore environmental history on this hike through the world’s first restored prairie. Start at the arboretum visitor center ...

  • #11 Cherokee Marsh North

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    Madison, WI

    Following the construction of another dam in 1900, hundreds of acres of wetland were lost to erosion, as large chunks of boggy soil broke away from the marsh and floated away. Conservation efforts ...
    •  1 to 1.5 hours
    •  1.8 miles
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    Following the construction of another dam in 1900, hundreds of acres of wetland were lost to erosion, as large chunks of ...

  • #12 Great River State Trail

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    Rowe Park, WI

    Great River State Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Trempealeau County and La Crosse County, Wisconsin. It is within Rowe Park. It is 15.9 miles long and begins at 699 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  15.9 miles

    Great River State Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Trempealeau County and La Crosse County, Wisconsin. It is within ...

  • #13 Lake Farm County Park

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    Madison, WI

    This hike visits the shores of Lake Waubesa, one of the major lakes in the immediate Madison region. Since Lake Farm County Park borders the lake, it presents an opportunity to walk along the ...
    •  1.5-2 hours
    •  2.2 miles
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    This hike visits the shores of Lake Waubesa, one of the major lakes in the immediate Madison region. Since Lake Farm County ...