Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas, and Trails

State Parks


Wisconsin is home to 48 State Parks, each containing its own features. Some have waterfalls that are tall and narrow or short and wide. Others have prairies home to bluebirds and little mice. And some have rivers, lakes, forests, and wetlands. All creating a unique experience to hike, canoe, fish, kayak, camp, or enjoy wildlife in and so much more!

List of State Parks

State Forests


State Forests protect and manage the beautiful native trees of Wisconsin. With 11 separate units across the state, you'll easily find your favorite trail. These areas are perfect anytime of year, but you can't beat a Wisconsin fall when the colors are peak and a rainbow landscape of reds, yellows, oranges, greens, and brown all come together to make a masterpiece.

List of State Forests

State Recreation Areas


With a focus on recreation opportunities in Wisconsin, 8 State Recreation Areas offer one a chance to get out in nature while doing their favorite activities. These places are perfect to swim during the summer or have a picnic with family and friends. Like a park, it is in nature but is also maintained to provide a natural habitat for wildlife. 

List of State Recreation Areas

State Trails


There are 40 State Trails in Wisconsin that will give you a chance to enjoy Wisconsin's natural beauty.  Many of these are in the Rails-to-Trails program to give you a flat, easy hike and walk on a restored area that was once a railroad.

List of State Trails

Ice Age Trail


The Ice Age Trail is a a National Scenic Trail that is entirely in the state of Wisconsin. The trail is about 1,200 miles long ranging from western Wisconsin overlooking the St. Croix River to eastern Wisconsin at Potawatomi State Park. You will find a segment you love!

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North Country Trail


The North Country Trail is runs through seven states, including Wisconsin. The total trail mileage is about 4,600 miles and just over 200 of those miles are in Wisconsin. This is the perfect trail for any Northwoods lover.

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