Horicon National Wildlife Refuge

Horicon, Wisconsin

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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 of wildlife. This is the federally run portion of the marsh, so there is no state park fee. It is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the country, and birders treat this as a mecca during the migration periods, when more than 250 species pass through. In May, as many as 100 species of warblers have been recorded. The scenic park road is a 3-mile loop that can also accommodate wheelchairs. If you are looking for a short visit to the marsh, just skip to the Egret Trail and floating boardwalk right near the trailhead. Otherwise, start from the Red Fox Hiking Trail trailhead across the road from the lot entrance.

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"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 is no state park fee. It is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the country, and birders treat this as a mecca during the migration periods, when more than 250 species pass through. In May, as many as 100 species of warblers have been recorded.

The scenic park road is a 3-mile loop that can also accommodate wheelchairs. If you are looking for a short visit to the marsh, just skip to the Egret Trail and floating boardwalk right near the trailhead. Otherwise, start from the Red Fox Hiking Trail trailhead across the road from the lot entrance."

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: Horicon
Distance: 4.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Best Times: During daylight hours year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 855 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: fws.gov/refuge/horicon, 920-387-2658
Local Maps: USGS Waupun North and South
Driving Directions: Directions to Horicon National Wildlife Refuge

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May 2018