Wisconsin’s State Parks system maintains more than 100 properties, 47 state parks, 41 trails and nine recreational areas, all providing unique and gorgeous scenery, recreation and history. Here are just a few that we love:
Amnicon Falls State Park lies along the Amnicon River in Wisconsin’s most northwest point, just seven miles east of Superior. Its gorgeous waterfalls and rapids provide an amazing view from a covered footbridge or trails along the river. Visit to learn about the Douglas Fault, or even just to camp, picnic or walk in the woods.
When a lake is so still that not even a ripple marks its surface (a surface, by the way, that reflects the park’s cliffs and wooded shoreline) it gets named Mirror Lake. The park is truly the definition of stunning. After marveling at the views, take in a little recreation like hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, camping, boating, swimming and fishing.
This Sheboygan park’s miles of sandy beaches and shimmering water will make you feel like you’ve left the Midwest entirely. It’s one of the last natural preserves along the Lake Michigan shore, and offers opportunities for swimming, hiking, camping, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
This park’s got everything, including views. With eight miles of Door County shoreline, 468 campsites, a summer theater, an 18-hole golf course, a sand beach, trails and a lighthouse, Peninsula State Park is the total package.
Rib Mountain, a billion-year-old hill, is one of the oldest geological formations on earth. If that alone doesn’t make the park worth visiting, come for the hiking trails, picnics, skiing, amphitheater and breathtaking views of the Wisconsin River.
This park’s junction of the St. Croix River and Kinnickinnic River allow for two very unique experiences: scenic solitude of the Kinnickinnic River Valley and the water-based recreation populating the St. Croix River.
What’s your go-to Wisconsin State Park? Share with us on social media using #DiscoverWisconsin. Don’t miss “Wisconsin State Parks – Where Nature Meets Wow” this weekend on Discover Wisconsin!
Kristen Finstad is a member of the Discover Wisconsin crew. Having grown up in River Falls, attending UW-Stevens Point and now living in Madison, she’s a Wisconsin girl through and through. Watch Discover Wisconsin TV Saturday mornings at 10 on Fox Sports Wisconsin. (Twitter: @DiscoverWI)
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