Wisconsin State Parks You Should Visit 3548

Wisconsin is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes out there. You have access to The Great Lakes, several other smaller bodies of water, beautiful forests and woods, rolling farmland, and so much more.

Much of The Badger State’s most beautiful land open to hikers and campers can be found in the state parks. If you’re looking for a good place to take your family, then you should check out these awesome state parks.

High Cliff State Park

Exploring Wisconsin's nature by hiking the Lime Kilm Trail at High Cliff State Park.
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Open year-round, High Cliff State Park is located on the northeast corner of Lake Winnebago near Sherwood, Wisconsin. The park offers beautiful views of the largest lake in Wisconsin and wonderful hiking trails. It gets its name from the limestone cliff on the eastern shore of the lake.

The park is perfect for hiking, biking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and other watersports. There’s a large marina at the lake with over 100 slips that you can rent if you want to bring your boat along. Even if you’re not much one for the water, this park offers plenty of picnic and playground areas as well as the opportunity to see wildlife.

If you want to camp, you can do so right in the park. There are 112 campsites at the park’s campground and 32 of these offer electric hook-up. The camping facilities offer bathroom facilities and showers as well as a dump station. If you’re interested, you can rent a cabin, too. High Cliff State Park is one of the most beautiful spots in all of Wisconsin, and if you’re close, you better make a point to stop and check it out.

Big Foot Beach State Park

Big Foot Beach State Park is a 271-acre park on the shore of Lake Geneva. It’s a fantastic place for year-round outdoor activities and is popular among campers and outdoors people.

The park features six and a half miles of hiking trails through beautiful, lush forests and meadows. The trails are not too difficult and perfect for families. Lake Geneva is right there and perfect for boating, swimming, and watersports. The lake is known for its clear water. additional activities at the park include fishing, archery, hunting, trapping, picnicking, and playgrounds.

You can camp right in the park. There are several campsites, 14 of which offer electric hook-up. The camping area also offers bathroom and showers as well as a dump station.

Pattison State Park

Little Manitou Falls is a 30 foot drom into the Black River in Wisconsin's Pattison State Park
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Pattison State Park is best known for its beautiful waterfalls. However, there’s so much more to see of this beautiful wilderness. The park offers over seven miles of hiking trails, offering stunning views of wildlife and nature in general. The park is also a great spot for picnics, swimming, fishing, hunting, trapping, and cross-country skiing.

The park is open year-round and also offers camping. The campground has 59 family campsites and three backpacking campsites. Of the family campsites, 18 of them offer electric hookups. There is sanitary dumping and bathroom and shower facilities on-site.

Do you have any parks you’d add to this list? Leave a comment below!

Wisconsin state parks you should visit

Wade divides his time among various outdoor activities in both urban and rural environments. An adventurer by nature, he is always up for a challenging hike, fun hunt, or day out on the water with friends and family. When he isn’t enjoying the outdoors, he’s writing, reading, or tinkering with motorcycles and cars.
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