Monthly Archives: April 2016

April 25, 2016

Land O’ Lakes Spring Fever Sweepstakes

Enter to win your own spring adventure including a two-night stay at the beautiful and secluded Quiet Place Cottage and $150 in Land O’ Lakes Chamber Bucks, good at dozens of unique shops, fun attractions and delicious restaurants.

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April 14, 2016

YOUR GUIDE TO WISCONSIN’S BEST WILDFLOWER HIKES

Butterfly on flower

Wildflower season is here and forests, fields and meadows are bursting with color. Wisconsin is a flower lover’s paradise and now is the perfect time to enjoy the best beauty that nature has to offer. Pay a visit to trails that were covered with white not too many weeks ago. That snow is now a memory and new flowers are blossoming from the earth daily. Just put on some comfortable shoes or boots and see the show unfold on Wisconsin’s beautiful hiking trails or walking paths. Take your time – some of the flowers are so small and delicate they are easy to miss. You’ll want to see it all because these flowers are incredible and they won’t be here for long.

Need some advice on where to see the most flowers? Here are some of Wisconsin’s best spots for a wildflower hike – and some blossoms you’ll likely encounter on the trails.

Where to hike

Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit. Just north of West Bend, you’ll find more than 132 miles of trails that wind through beautiful glacial terrain. Select from hiking options suitable for all ages and abilities and explore this rolling landscape that’s filled with spring wildflowers.

What to look for

Orchids: Keep an eye out for Yellow Lady’s Slippers, a flower that resembles a small, delicate shoe. The flowers can grow as tall as 30 inches but most are much smaller. Look for them in damp, shady areas of the forest.

Where to hike

Northern Highland American Legion State Forest, headquartered in Boulder Junction. This expansive forest covers more than 232,000 acres that are spread across three counties, giving you numerous great hiking options for wildflower viewing.

What to look for

Trilliums – this native flowering plant can be found throughout the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest. Emerging in April and May, this white perennial plant blankets the forest floor.

Where to hike

Green Circle Trail, Stevens Point Area. This 26-mile trail loops around Stevens Point, passing through forests, parks and wetlands. It’s popular with bicyclists, walkers and runners. Sights on the trail include the Wisconsin River, Stevens Point Sculpture Park and the Schmeeckle Reserve. See a map of the trail here.

What to look for

Marsh Marigolds. These showy yellow flowers don’t really look like marigolds – they resemble buttercups. Look for them in wetland areas near the trail.

Where to hike

Blue Hills Trails, Rusk County. Located in northwestern Rusk County, the rugged Blue Hills are remnants of an ancient mountain range. The area gets its name from the bluish color the hills take on when they are viewed in the early morning mist. You’ll find 23 miles of hiking trails in the Blue Hills.

What to look for

Bishop’s Caps. These tiny flowers look like they were dusted with a fringe of snow. They cling to flowering stalks that stand up to about 16 inches tall. Look for the flowers in shady, rocky areas of the forest.

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