Wisconsin has dozens of state parks and forests, so no matter where you find yourself, you can guarantee there’s a park to explore nearby. To get you started, here’s a list of hidden gems in each of Wisconsin’s seven regions. And an added bonus: All seven parks are Travel Green Wisconsin-certified!
Located on Madeline Island, the largest of 22 Apostle Islands, this park features rugged wooded cliffs and dramatic views of Lake Superior. Enjoy 1.5 miles of sandy beach, a boardwalk and more than seven miles of hiking and nature trails.
Copper Culture State Park is the site of burial grounds of the Old Copper Complex people who occupied the area about 6,000 years ago. After a stroll along the Oconto River, stop by the park’s museum to view artifacts from these ancient people (open Memorial Day through Labor Day).
Located along six acres of sandy Lake Michigan shoreline, Point Beach State Forest offers 17 miles of hiking trails, off-road and paved bicycling, and even a lighthouse that has been operated by the U.S. Coast Guard since 1853.
Native American encampments once occupied the site of Council Grounds State Park. Today, it’s a popular destination for water enthusiasts, featuring a boat landing, canoe and kayak rentals, an accessible fishing pier and 217 feet of sandy beach along Lake Alexander.
Located on a steep ridge overlooking the scenic Kickapoo River Valley, Wildcat Mountain State Park offers more than 20 miles of hiking trails, 15 miles of horseback riding trails, 24 horse-friendly campsites and a canoe landing along the Kickapoo River.
The park is named for its picturesque lake, often so calm that not a ripple marks its surface. Enjoy more than 19 miles of scenic hiking trails, nine miles of off-road bicycling trails, boat, canoe and kayak rentals and more.
This National Historic Landmark contains one of Wisconsin’s most important archaeological sites – an ancient Middle-Mississippian village that was inhabited between 1000-1300 AD. Today, visitors can still explore the flat-topped pyramidal mounds and stockades around the village.