Best Backpacking in Wisconsin

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

  • #1 Marengo River / Porcupine Lake

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    Mellen, WI

    If you are looking for a long hike in the wilderness, this segment of the North Country Trail passes through the Chequamegon National Forest, passing the ruins of a historic settlement, crossing ...
    •  11 hours or overnight
    •  22.6 miles
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    If you are looking for a long hike in the wilderness, this segment of the North Country Trail passes through the Chequamegon ...

  • #2 Deer Island Lake

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    Land O'Lakes, WI

    A quiet trail through one of the largest stands of virgin forest in the upper Midwest. Loons on wilderness lakes. Sylvania, with its 17,000 acres of virgin forest and thirty-six named lakes, ...
    •  Day hike or backpack
    •  21.2 miles
    •  Guide

    A quiet trail through one of the largest stands of virgin forest in the upper Midwest. Loons on wilderness lakes. Sylvania, ...

  • #3 Lake Geneva and Big Foot Beach State Park

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    Elkhorn, WI

    Only 45 minutes from General Billy Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee and ninety minutes from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, the Lake Geneva area of south-central Wisconsin's ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Only 45 minutes from General Billy Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee and ninety minutes from Chicago's O'Hare International ...

  • #4 Clark Lake

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    Land O'Lakes, WI

    One of the largest stands of virgin forest in the upper Midwest and a quiet, non-motorized lake. When hikers stand at the north end of Clark Lake, with its picnic area and boat ramp, they could ...
    •  Day hike or backpack
    •  7.6 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the largest stands of virgin forest in the upper Midwest and a quiet, non-motorized lake. When hikers stand at the ...

  • #5 New Glarus, Sugar River Bike Trail, and New Glarus Woods State Park

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    Belleville, WI

    Green County reminds the traveler of the verdant green hills and meadows of Switzerland. Not only present-day visitors but also early settlers got that same impression. South-central Wisconsin ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Green County reminds the traveler of the verdant green hills and meadows of Switzerland. Not only present-day visitors but ...

  • #6 Port Washington, Belgium, Lake Church, and Harrington Beach State Park

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    Belgium, WI

    This jaunt out of Milwaukee is a short, quick drive to several fun places just north of the city via U.S. 43/W-32. Within a forty-five-minute drive, you combine a peek into small-town life with ...
    •  One day to several days
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    This jaunt out of Milwaukee is a short, quick drive to several fun places just north of the city via U.S. 43/W-32. Within ...

  • #7 Old World Wisconsin and Kettle Moraine State Forest, Southern Unit

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    Dousman, WI

    Ten thousand years ago, the glaciers crunched across Wisconsin and flattened the landscape. The towering ice sheets, like a giant bulldozer, filled in low spots and dumped a trail of rubble when ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Ten thousand years ago, the glaciers crunched across Wisconsin and flattened the landscape. The towering ice sheets, like ...

  • #8 Manitowoc, Two Rivers, and Point Beach State Forest

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    Two Rivers, WI

    From Sheboygan drive north on I–43 only 27 miles to Manitowoc, the next stop on a day-tripper’s guide for fun near Milwaukee. The freeway parallels the shore of Lake Michigan, although for some ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    From Sheboygan drive north on I–43 only 27 miles to Manitowoc, the next stop on a day-tripper’s guide for fun near Milwaukee. ...

  • #9 Madison and Middleton

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    Madison, WI

    Wisconsin's capitol, Madison, is affectionately called "Mad City" by the locals. This is probably for good reason. Not only is the city the state's political power center, with all the attendant ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Wisconsin's capitol, Madison, is affectionately called "Mad City" by the locals. This is probably for good reason. Not only ...

  • #10 Burlington and Elkhorn

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    Elkhorn, WI

    No chocolate fanatic can possibly skip a visit to Burlington, home of Nestle Chocolate Company, USA. A day trip here is especially fun in the middle of May, when the annual Chocolate Festival ...
    •  One day to several days
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    No chocolate fanatic can possibly skip a visit to Burlington, home of Nestle Chocolate Company, USA. A day trip here is especially ...

  • #11 Grafton, Saukville, West Bend, and Pike Lake State Park

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    West Bend, WI

    For a fast getaway to a relatively rural area close to Milwaukee, this road trip can be done in a day or served up in delightfully delicious morsels. A drive around this part of Wisconsin, barely ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    For a fast getaway to a relatively rural area close to Milwaukee, this road trip can be done in a day or served up in delightfully ...

  • #12 Kenosha

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    Kenosha, WI

    Kenosha, voted the "Second Best City to Raise a Family" by Readers Digest magazine, has been one of Wisconsin's best-kept secrets. Nestled tightly against the shores of Lake Michigan, Kenosha ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Kenosha, voted the "Second Best City to Raise a Family" by Readers Digest magazine, has been one of Wisconsin's best-kept ...

  • #13 Wisconsin Dells and Baraboo

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    Wisconsin Dells, WI

    The Wisconsin Dells symbolize tourism in the Midwestern consciousness. Flatlanders from Illinois, Cheese Heads from Milwaukee, and others from around the area have been flocking here since shortly ...
    •  One day to several days
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    The Wisconsin Dells symbolize tourism in the Midwestern consciousness. Flatlanders from Illinois, Cheese Heads from Milwaukee, ...

  • #14 Oshkosh

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    Oshkosh, WI

    Oshkosh is the seat of Winnebago County, located on the west shore of Lake Winnebago and the mouth of the Fox River. The city is only 19 miles north of Fond du Lac and 80 miles north of Milwaukee, ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Oshkosh is the seat of Winnebago County, located on the west shore of Lake Winnebago and the mouth of the Fox River. The ...

  • #15 Spring Green, Tower Hill State Park, and Plain

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    Spring Green, WI

    The Spring Green area offers a ton of activities that capture the fancy of the day-tripper. A jaunt here—just to the west of Madison—can be an extension of a trip there or can be a direct run ...
    •  One day to several days
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    The Spring Green area offers a ton of activities that capture the fancy of the day-tripper. A jaunt here—just to the west ...

  • #16 Fond du Lac

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    Fond du Lac, WI

    French explorers first visited the Fond du Lac area in the early 1700s and established a trading outpost on the south shore of Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin’s largest body of water at 215 square ...
    •  One day to several days
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    French explorers first visited the Fond du Lac area in the early 1700s and established a trading outpost on the south shore ...

  • #17 Plymouth, Elkhart Lake, Greenbush, and Kettle Moraine State Forest

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    Plymouth, WI

    This region is easily accessed from a continuation of Sheboygan–Sheboygan Falls–Kohler. The rolling countryside is resplendent with maple, oak, and birch marking woodlots between the farmsteads. ...
    •  One day to several days
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    This region is easily accessed from a continuation of Sheboygan–Sheboygan Falls–Kohler. The rolling countryside is resplendent ...

  • #18 Cedar Grove, Oostburg, and Kohler-Andrae State Parks

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    Oostburg, WI

    After leaving Harrington Beach State Park, drive north along Sauk Trail Road and cross from Ozaukee County into Sheboygan County. This is Dutch country, with neat farms, fat cows, and well-tended ...
    •  One day to several days
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    After leaving Harrington Beach State Park, drive north along Sauk Trail Road and cross from Ozaukee County into Sheboygan ...

  • #19 Oconomowoc, Delafield, and Dousman

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    Delafield, WI

    No matter the season, this westernmost section of Waukesha County offers plenty of things to do. Parks, lakes, campgrounds, and quaint little stores dot the area, connected by a series of state ...
    •  One day to several days
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    No matter the season, this westernmost section of Waukesha County offers plenty of things to do. Parks, lakes, campgrounds, ...

  • #20 Green Bay and De Pere

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    Green Bay, WI

    Explorer Jean Nicolet visited Green Bay in 1634 in his search for a route to the Orient. He found an abundance of furs instead, prompting the French government to eagerly claim every inch of ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Explorer Jean Nicolet visited Green Bay in 1634 in his search for a route to the Orient. He found an abundance of furs instead, ...