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Outdoor Wisconsin: Fan Favorite Peaceful Places
Last Updated: 3/1/2013
Winter fun and Wisconsin go together like peanut butter and jelly…or Simon and Garfunkel (you get the idea). But now and then it's nice to slip away from the endless activity to a peaceful place where your mind can wander. Our Facebook fans weighed in on their favorite ways to find calm amidst the chaos of daily life.
Cave Point County Park in Door County — Jess E.
Chances are you’ll hear Cave Point before you see it. Overlooking Lake Michigan, the waves pound against the rocky shore, shooting spray high above the bluff’s edge. After listening to the waves and staring out across the lake, head to the hiking trails surrounding the park for even more serenity.
Wazee Lake in Jackson County — Jennifer P.
A “winter escape” is the best way to describe this recreation area. Strap on snowshoes and head for the lake or take the scenic route by hiking though the winding wooded trails surrounding the lake. Don’t forget to stop by the many small bridges to watch the chilly water bubbling downstream. For extra tranquility, head to Wazee at night to gaze up at the stars.
The La Crosse River — Susie S.
A 61.3-mile tributary of the Mississippi River, the La Crosse River doesn’t freeze as fast as other rivers because of its high speed current. This makes Kayaking after a snowfall not only possible, but peaceful and beautiful as well.
Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit — Andy H.
Stretching 30 miles across Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, and Washington Counties, you’ll find a glacial panorama with rolling, wooden hills and serene lakes. As part of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve, which connects to the Ice Age Trail, this unit preserves Wisconsin’s natural history and beauty.
Harrington Beach State Park in Rusk County — Paul O.
Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life with a serene excursion. Right along Lake Michigan, Harrington Beach State Park is just the place to get away and relax. Watch the waves crash on the beach or cross-country ski along the picturesque shoreline.
For more outdoor places and spaces to get centered, check out these hidden gems:
- Trails of Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest
- Schmeeckle Reserve in Stevens Point
- University of Wisconsin – Madison Arboretum
- Brown County Reforestation Camp in Green Bay