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.

  • #1 Devil's Lake East Bluff

    7 Reviews

    Sauk City, WI

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4.6 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the more strenuous hikes, this trail climbs the rocky bluff to offer sweeping views of Devil’s Lake, notable rock ...

  • #2 Devil's Lake to Parfrey's Glen

    7 Reviews

    Sauk City, WI

    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 ...
    •  4 hours
    •  8.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Combing a state park trail and the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, this thru-hike starts with sweeping bluff-top views at ...

  • #3 Sea Caves

    5 Reviews

    Bayfield, WI

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A nearly 2.0-mile hike through the forest of the Apostle Islands National Lake- shore—partly on boardwalk and across a few ...

  • #4 North Kettle Moraine

    1 Reviews

    Dundee, WI

    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 ...
    •  4.5
    •  10.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Of all the 60-some miles of Ice Age Trail in the Kettle Moraine State Forest, this is the trail segment with the longest ...

  • #5 Black Hawk Ridge

    4 Reviews

    Madison, WI

    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, ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  8.3 miles
    •  Guide

    In July 1832, Fox and Sac warriors led by Chief Black Hawk ambushed pursuing soldiers on the north end of this state property. ...

  • #6 Lake La Grange

    6 Reviews

    Palmyra, WI

    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 ...
    •  4 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Check out an historic pioneer cabin and the remains of a lime kiln before following the southern half of the Blackhawk Segment ...

  • #7 Lone Rock

    4 Reviews

    Adams, WI

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Approach an isolated sandstone bluff through a secluded State Natural Area and climb to the top for some long views to the ...

  • #8 Copper Falls

    4 Reviews

    Mellen, WI

    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, ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.8 miles
    •  Guide

    One of northern Wisconsin’s most beautiful state parks, Copper Falls has two impressive waterfalls where the Bad River meets ...

  • #9 Hidden Lakes

    2 Reviews

    Eagle River, WI

    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 ...
    •  6 hours
    •  13.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This fantastic trek through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest passes ten lakes on its enormous loop, most of them only ...

  • #10 Wildcat Mound

    3 Reviews

    Millston, WI

    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.
    •  5 hours
    •  13.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Enjoy a scenic ridge walk through the home turf of an active wolf pack and reintroduced elk herd, followed by a dry crossing ...

  • #11 Bristol Woods Hike

    1 Reviews

    Bristol, WI

    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 ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2.6 miles
    •  Guide

    At Bristol Woods, hikers will enjoy the pleasantly rolling terrain covered in bottomland forest and oak woodland. Tree connoisseurs ...

  • #12 Rock Island

    2 Reviews

    Gills Rock, WI

    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 ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  5.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Two ferry trips are required to reach this vehicle-free island state park. A mostly wooded trail circles the entire island ...

  • #13 Parfrey's Glen

    2 Reviews

    Merrimac, WI

    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 ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  1.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a local favorite for a quick stroll through a natural beauty, Parfrey’s Glen.This hike may be short, but the charming ...

  • #14 Geneva Lake: North Shore Hike

    1 Reviews

    Lake Geneva, WI

    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 ...
    •  3–4 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    It’s easy to see why so many wealthy Chicagoans built their opulent mansions on the shore of Geneva Lake (the lake is called ...

  • #15 Escanaba Lake

    3 Reviews

    Minocqua, WI

    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.
    •  3 hours
    •  7.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Popular with skiers in winter, this color-coded trail system of embedded loops takes you past five lakes tucked in the Northern ...

  • #16 Marengo River / Swedish Settlement

    2 Reviews

    Grand View, WI

    Three overlooks and the remains of a historic Swedish settlement. This short stretch of the North Country Trail has a lot to offer. Three scenic overlooks offer a steady stream of vistas, and ...
    •  Day hike
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Three overlooks and the remains of a historic Swedish settlement. This short stretch of the North Country Trail has a lot ...

  • #17 Wyalusing State Park

    2 Reviews

    Prairie du Chien, WI

    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, ...
    •  3 hours
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The views of the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers from the tops of the blu s in this state park are unmatched. ...

  • #18 Glacial Potholes

    2 Reviews

    Saint Croix Falls, WI

    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,” ...
    •  4 hours
    •  8.9 miles
    •  Guide

    The western terminus of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail appropriately lies within this state park where you can look out ...

  • #19 Marengo River / Porcupine Lake

    1 Reviews

    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
    •  Guide

    If you are looking for a long hike in the wilderness, this segment of the North Country Trail passes through the Chequamegon ...

  • #20 Timm's Hill

    1 Reviews

    Rib Lake, WI

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This northern portion of this national trail enters a county park to climb Wisconsin’s highest natural point. An observation ...