Black Hawk Unit Lower Wisconsin State Riverway

Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

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The woods are thick, the prairies are full of flowers, and the overlooks show the hilly landscape of the Wisconsin River valley. A spot so beautiful also witnessed a sad bit of history. Black Hawk, a Sauk warrior, led 60 warriors against 700 militia at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. Look out over the Wisconsin River valley from several scenic overlooks as you hike through restored prairies and rich forests with ravines. This is the land where warrior Black Hawk once turned to face the pursuing U.S. Army and militia to buy his people time to escape across the river.

Black Hawk Unit: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Professional Review and Guide

"The woods are thick, the prairies are full of flowers, and the overlooks show the hilly landscape of the Wisconsin River valley. A spot so beautiful also witnessed a sad bit of history. Black Hawk, a Sauk warrior, led 60 warriors against 700 militia at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights.

Look out over the Wisconsin River valley from several scenic overlooks as you hike through restored prairies and rich forests with ravines. This is the land where warrior Black Hawk once turned to face the pursuing U.S. Army and militia to buy his people time to escape across the river."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Prairie du Chien
Distance: 9.5
Elevation Gain: 350 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: 6 a.m.–11 p.m.
Trailhead Elevation: 750 feet
Top Elevation: 1,100 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: lwr.state.wi.us
Local Maps: USGS Black Earth; on map boards at trail junctures and parking lot
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Hawk Unit: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway

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May 2018