Whether you’re an experienced hiker or an leisurely walker, the hiking in Wisconsin will open up a whole new world to you!
Hiking in Wisconsin
Hiking in Wisconsin is a favorite pastime for locals and visitors alike. The scenery and uniqueness of the Driftless region lends itself well to on-foot discovery, and we are confident that you will enjoy the views and wildlife on these trails. This is some of the best hiking in Wisconsin, and all three are less than a gorgeous 30-minute drive away — practically right in our own backyard!
The Kickapoo Valley Reserve
The Kickapoo Valley Reserve maintains three hiking-only trails: One loop, approximately one mile long, starts at the Visitor center and has railroad ties for help navigating the steeper sections. This is a perfect hike for families and beginners. The second loop, also approximately one mile, is a moderately challenging hike that takes you to a beautiful overlook spot. The third loop, on the north side of the reserve, is approximately two miles, is very challenging and includes stream crossings. Additionally, hikers are welcome to also use the miles of mountain bike trails and equestrian trails. Hiking in the Reserve requires a day or annual pass.
Wildcat Mountain State Park
Four trails are maintained for hiking at Wildcat Mountain State Park, and are a favorite destination for many of our guests. The Prairie Trail is a short, level hike that provides views of the Kickapoo Valley. The 2.5-mile Old Settler’s Trail was once used, as you might imagine, by early settlers in the area. This trail crosses a footbridge and passes three separate pine plantations. The 1.3-mile more challenging Hemlock Nature Trail follows the Kickapoo River and features special markers that highlight unique plants and other life in the area. There is also an observation point on Mount Pisgah with an incredible view. Finally, the Ice Cave Trail (not to be confused with the Ice Age Trail elsewhere in Wisconsin), is less than a mile and takes hikers along the banks of Billings Creek to an eroded sandstone rock formation called Ice Cave. A trail pass is not required for hiking.
Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center
Wildflowers and wildlife are on full display on the Norskedalen Nature Trails in the Coulee region. Seven miles of trails for hiking, bird watching, and snowshoeing give you the opportunity to peek into these protected ecosystems, and see many different types of wildflowers blooming. Stop by the Visitor’s Center for trail maps and other information.
Hike on Over to Westby House Inn
Our perfect location puts you in easy driving distance to some of the best hiking in Wisconsin. So if you’re looking for the best hiking in Wisconsin, why not stay at one of the best places to stay in Wisconsin? Our exceptional accommodations are designed to be luxurious, restful, and relaxing. Our delicious gourmet breakfast will start your day off right, giving you the energy to hike and explore all the beautiful places Wisconsin has to offer. And be sure to download our free Vacation Guide before you come – it’s packed with all sorts of insider info and great tips on things to do in our area. We hope you hike this way soon!