By Denice Ryan Martin
Spring is popping up all over Wisconsin! Leave the stuffy indoors and embark on an energizing outdoor getaway. Enjoy fresh air nature hikes. Peek at the spring wildflowers. Listen for bird songs. Then slumber overnight in a comfy cabin. Here are some ideas to get you moving!
Door County Cabin and State Park Hike
Conveniently located across from an entrance to the state park, this resort offers cozy housekeeping cottages. Easy access to fine dining and shopping in northern Door County’s little villages.
Surrounded by eight miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, this popular Door County park is a great place to watch and welcome migrating waterfowl. Hikers enjoy the two mile Eagle Trail that winds around the coastal bluffs and provides pretty glimpses of wildflowers like wild sarsaparilla, Solomon’s seal, and jack-in-the-pulpit. In May the Nature Center features hundreds of blooming trilliums, a joyful sight!
Kickapoo Valley Cabins and Outdoor Adventure
Adjacent to the Reserve, these luxuriously appointed cabins offer a private sanctuary with king-sized beds and handmade quilts. Expansive porches with Nantucket rockers invite you to enjoy the breathtaking views.
Close to Wildcat Mountain State Park and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve and the 20 miles of trails. The main house and three additional cabins are located along the West Branch of the Kickapoo River. Enjoy peaceful time surrounded by Nature's Creations. Trout streams are nearby.
Bird watchers flock to the 8600 acres of forest, wetland and prairie ecosystems, located in southwest Wisconsin’s stunning Driftless region. Spy a diverse assortment of birds from scarlet tanagers to colorful warblers and waxwings. Over 450 plant species are on the reserve keeping hikers curious and entertained.
Mississippi River Cabin and Scenic Hike
This modern and comfortable lodge can accommodate up to eleven people, perfect for large family or friend reunions. The 1200 square foot cabin features plenty of living and dining space and a fully equipped kitchen.
Just south of Prairie du Chien, this park offers eleven trails with caves, prairies, springs, and bluffs, promising a variety of flora and fauna. Gaze down at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers and don’t miss seeing the Native American Indian mounds.
Play: Upper Mississippi Wildlife & Fish Refuge - Mississippi River Valley
Marvel at the waters of the mighty Mississippi and the dramatic wooded bluffs. The waterway is a migration corridor for birds of all feathers. Don’t miss the warbler migration the first or second weekend of May.
Cabin and Wildlife Refuge
Three cabins, a motel and campground make up this quaint and quiet resort that includes a mile long, wooded hiking trail on the property. Cabins are nicely furnished and feature up-north knotty pine interiors.
Explore over 44,000 acres of wetlands, savannahs, prairies, and forest. Known as the “Great Central Wisconsin Swamp,” the park is a magnet for over 220 species of birds, including shorebirds, songbirds and both whooping and sandhill cranes. The purple lupines that bloom in April draw the largest gathering of the tiny, endangered Karner Blue butterfly. Find them on the Lupine Trail.