Spring is here in Wisconsin and the warming weather is opening up new possibilities for outdoor recreation. Here are four ways – and four places – to experience the season.
Birdwatching in Middleton.
Just 10 minutes from Madison, you’ll find the beautiful community of Middleton, a favorite destination for spring birdwatchers. Middleton is filled with parks, trails and green spaces, but one of the best places for birdwatching is the Pheasant Branch Conservancy, which has nearly 500 acres of woodland, wetlands and oak savannahs as well as more than 200 species of birds. See a Middleton trails map here.
Geocaching in West Bend
Just 45 minutes from Milwaukee you’ll find the Geocaching Capital of the Midwest™. New to geocaching? It’s like a modern day treasure hunt that you can play with your smart phone. West Bend is crazy about this fun game – the town has 1,600 caches in a 10-mile radius of the city. You can see the high points of the city by taking the West Bend Four Seasons Geotour, which includes 20 special caches hidden at places like Museum of Wisconsin Art. On Aug. 11-12 come to West Bend for the $1,000 Cache Ba$h, the Midwest’s only geocaching “mega” event. It draws thousands of geocachers from around the world.
ATVing in Rhinelander
Explore some of the best trails in the Northwoods. Rhinelander is quickly becoming one of the state’s premier ATVing destinations. It’s the gateway to two great trail systems – the 16-mile Lynne/Little Rice Lake ATV Trail System west of Rhinelander and the 13-mile Enterprise ATV Trail located south of town.
Biking in Vilas County
One of the state’s premier paved bike trails traces more than 40 miles of the Northwoods in Vilas County. The Heart of Vilas County Paved Bike Trail System connects Manitowish Waters with Boulder Junction and Sayner-Star Lake and St. Germain. Some highlights:
- In Sayner-Star Lake, the trail is just a block off Main Street where you’ll find unique stores to pick up a souvenir, pubs, cafes to grab a drink or a meal.
- Near Boulder Junction there are some scenic detours that run along parks and beaches, including down to Crystal Lake – one of the most beautiful lakes in the Northwoods.
- On the western part of the trail are some incredible bridges that cross the rapids of the Manitowish River and Rice Creek.