Vernon County

  • The Kickapoo River may be the crookedest river in Wisconsin, but what it lacks in direction it makes up for with captivating scenery.

    The Kickapoo River may be the crookedest river in Wisconsin, but what it lacks in direction it makes up for with captivating scenery.

Vernon County is crisscrossed with rivers, narrow valleys and steep, wooded hills. This is Coulee Country – prime for trout fishing, turkey hunting, mountain biking and canoeing. Viroqua, the county seat, offers a charming Main Street filled with specialty shops and anchored by the 80-year-old Temple Theater. Seven miles north, Westby is a bastion of Norwegian heritage. Downtown, the Norwegian themed coffee shop/eatery, Main Street style diner, antique shops, Scandinavian store/gift shop and the lovely Westby House Inn are real treats. In nearby Cashton, you can visit Down A Country Road, a collection of four shops on the Kuderer farm selling products from the surrounding Amish community. Northwest of Coon Valley you will find a treasure in Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center which celebrates the natural and cultural heritage of the region through its arboretum, museums and visitors’ center, trails, and restored pioneer log farmstead; as well as its Skumsrud Heritage Farm site with museum and restored buildings.