Best Hiking in Wisconsin

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

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#1. Devil's Lake East Bluff


One of the more strenuous hikes, this trail climbs the rocky bluff to offer sweeping views of Devil’s Lake, notable rock formations, and hardwood forest. Spring-fed Devil’s Lake occupies a scenic gap…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Sauk City, WI - Hiking - 4.6 miles Best Trail in wi - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Devil's Lake to Parfrey's Glen


Combing a state park trail and the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, this thru-hike starts with sweeping bluff-top views at Devil’s Lake and ends with the intimate charms of the scenic gorge of Parfrey’s…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Sauk City, WI - Hiking - 8.5 miles Best Trail in wi - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Sea Caves


A nearly 2.0-mile hike through the forest of the Apostle Islands National Lake- shore—partly on boardwalk and across a few intermittent streams—takes you to the spectacular mainland sea caves carved f…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Bayfield, WI - Hiking - 4.8 miles Best Trail in wi - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. North Kettle Moraine


Of all the 60-some miles of Ice Age Trail in the Kettle Moraine State Forest, this is the trail segment with the longest continuous stretch of woods.The woodland ambiance along this hike is a pleasure…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Dundee, WI - Hiking - 10.3 miles Best Trail in wi - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Black Hawk Ridge


In July 1832, Fox and Sac warriors led by Chief Black Hawk ambushed pursuing soldiers on the north end of this state property. That well-executed maneuver gave 1,200 starving Fox and Sac children, wom…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Madison, WI - Hiking - 8.3 miles Best Trail in wi - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Lake La Grange


Check out an historic pioneer cabin and the remains of a lime kiln before following the southern half of the Blackhawk Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. This quiet footpath skirts some wet…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Palmyra, WI - Hiking - 9 miles Best Trail in wi - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Lone Rock


Approach an isolated sandstone bluff through a secluded State Natural Area and climb to the top for some long views to the horizon. Lone Rock is an outing with a story line you will like. The walk in,…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Adams, WI - Hiking - 6.2 miles Best Trail in wi - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. Copper Falls


One of northern Wisconsin’s most beautiful state parks, Copper Falls has two impressive waterfalls where the Bad River meets Tyler Forks River. The North Country Trail passes through the park, and an…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Mellen, WI - Hiking - 1.8 miles Best Trail in wi - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#9. Hidden Lakes


This fantastic trek through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest passes ten lakes on its enormous loop, most of them only reachable by hikers. Plan for a full day of hiking or consider staying the…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Eagle River, WI - Hiking - 13.3 miles
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#10. Bristol Woods Hike


At Bristol Woods, hikers will enjoy the pleasantly rolling terrain covered in bottomland forest and oak woodland. Tree connoisseurs will enjoy the many oak specimens of considerable size, as well as a…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago"
Bristol, WI - Hiking - 2.6 miles
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#11. Wildcat Mound


Enjoy a scenic ridge walk through the home turf of an active wolf pack and reintroduced elk herd, followed by a dry crossing of a wildlife-rich marsh.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Millston, WI - Hiking - 13.6 miles
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#12. Rock Island


Two ferry trips are required to reach this vehicle-free island state park. A mostly wooded trail circles the entire island and shows views of Lake Michigan and wanders past historical pioneer attracti…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Gills Rock, WI - Hiking - 5.2 miles
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#13. Geneva Lake: North Shore Hike


It’s easy to see why so many wealthy Chicagoans built their opulent mansions on the shore of Geneva Lake (the lake is called Geneva Lake; the town is called Lake Geneva) during the late 19th and early…
From the guidebook "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Chicago"
Lake Geneva, WI - Hiking - 10 miles
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#14. Parfrey's Glen


This is a local favorite for a quick stroll through a natural beauty, Parfrey’s Glen.This hike may be short, but the charming sandstone glen, gurgling brook, small waterfall, and unusual species of pl…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Merrimac, WI - Hiking - 1.4 miles
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#15. Escanaba Lake


Popular with skiers in winter, this color-coded trail system of embedded loops takes you past five lakes tucked in the Northern Highlands American Legion State Forest.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Minocqua, WI - Hiking - 7.7 miles
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#16. Wyalusing State Park


The views of the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers from the tops of the blu s in this state park are unmatched. But this loop, which connects through several of the park’s trails, als…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Prairie du Chien, WI - Hiking - 7.5 miles
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#17. Glacial Potholes


The western terminus of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail appropriately lies within this state park where you can look out over the St. Croix River and find geological features known as “potholes,” cr…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Saint Croix Falls, WI - Hiking - 8.9 miles
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#18. Timm's Hill


This northern portion of this national trail enters a county park to climb Wisconsin’s highest natural point. An observation tower there grants a 360-degree view of the horizon.While not part of the I…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Rib Lake, WI - Hiking - 5.8 miles
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#19. Marengo River / Porcupine Lake


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 river…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Mellen, WI - Backpacking, Hiking - 22.6 miles
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#20. Long Slide Falls


A short walk to a waterfall with a 50-foot drop. Long Slide Falls is a short walk for a large payoff, a 50-foot-high, multi-tiered drop in a shady rock gorge setting.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wisconsin"
Pembine, WI - Hiking - 0.4 mile
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