Emmons Creek

Waupaca, Wisconsin 54981

Emmons Creek

Emmons Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail passes through Hartman Creek State Park and offers a fine hike through oak forest and along the clear waters of a trout stream. Hartman Creek State Park, with its quiet lakes, is a popular spot for weekend and vacation camping.

This hike takes you away from the well-known areas of the park
into its quiet southwest corner and on to the Emmons Creek Fishery and Wildlife Area. It’s a pleasant walk through an oak forest sprinkled with an occasional pine plantation or meadow-like old field to the star of the show, Emmons Creek. That
clear-running stream brightened my day. A bench, dedicated to Aldo Leopold, aids contemplation."

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A good example of Wisconsin backcountry this trail (which is really just a subsection of the much larger "Ice Age Trail" -- see http://www.iceagetrail.org/) is well maintained and, at least while I was there, seldom used. In fact, once I got off the main section of trails for the park and out onto the ice age trail I never saw another person. There was plenty of wildlife around though. The scenery varies from a couple open fields early on to mixed forest which gives way to what a sign on the trail describes as one of the last "oak savannahs" in Wisconsin. Due to time constraints I didn't quite make it to the creek, but from what I did experience this trail is a nice casual hike for an afternoon trip.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
April - October
Hartman Creek State Park, N2480 Hartman Creek Rd., Waupaca, 54981; (715) 258-2372; dnr.wi.gov. Ice Age Trail Alliance, 2110 Main St., Cross Plains, 53528; (800) 227-0046; www.iceagetrail.org.
Local Contacts
USGS Blaine, King; Ice Age Trail Foundation segment map #43; Hartman Creek State Park trail map
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