Blue Mound State Park

Blue Mounds, Wisconsin 53517

Blue Mound State Park

Blue Mound State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Yet another fine example of driftless topography, this hike takes you around a steep hill, or mound, that is the highest point in this part of the state. Sprawling Blue Mound State Park has a large network of trails popular with both hikers and cyclists. This hike takes in several of the trails, giving visitors some challenging hikes through woods and prairie, with plenty of ascents and descents.

Numerous birds and wildlife roost in the park, including wild turkeys and deer. The park also has a swimming pool and two observation towers with fine views over the sweeping countryside. The weather is a little easier to take in the summer, as cooler winds blow across the mound in the fall. However, if you do come in the cooler months, you may very well have the trails largely to yourself."

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"This is the highest point in southern Wisconsin and a brilliant collection of trails ranging from easy woodland portions to more demanding but scenic detours into uneven terrain along a woodland spring creek. The geology of the park and the views to the faraway horizon are competing stars here.

Check out the observation tower first for an amazing view of sometimes more than 50 miles. The hike begins to the left of the tower, as you approach it, on Flint Rock Trail. A crushed-rock path with wood-beam steps descends through scattered rocks and boulders and zigzags through mixed forest."

"This hike starts at the highest point in southern Wisconsin. Soak in 360-degree views from an observation tower 1,710 feet in elevation, then join the Flint Rock Nature Trail. Circle around the north side of Blue Mound.

Visit an old springhouse, then return to the top of the mound via the Indian Marker Tree Trail, winding among boulders galore. Lastly, view a tree bent in the direction of the summer solstice from the days before Wisconsin was a state."

"Blue Mound State Park is home to a set of three short but scenic mountain bike trails. The trails, found on the north side of the park, are an excellent place for beginners and families to venture into the woods and experience off-road riding in small doses.

The majority of the riding is over hard-packed dirt and gravel. The valley loop is on a mown path of grass. The riding at Blue Mound is scenic but uneventful and may be uninteresting to advanced riders. Blue Mound is great for families looking to get out on the trail with young ones.
Elevation Change: The trails are pitched on the side of a hill so some climbs are undertaken, none of which cover more than 30 to 40 feet in elevation."

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Trail Information

Blue Mounds
Nearby City
5.6 miles
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Dirt, crushed limestone
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3 hours
Swimming, Camping, Birding
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Blue Mound State Park, 4350 Mounds Park Rd., PO Box 98, Blue Mounds, WI 53517-0098; (608) 437-5711;
Local Contacts
USGS Blue Mounds, WI; trail map available at park entrance or online
Local Maps

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Oct 2018