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Take in summer one beautiful step at a time with a Wisconsin summer hike. Wisconsin has some incredible hiking trails and late summer is the perfect time to go exploring—early season bugs are long gone and the forests are especially lush and peaceful. Here are four great trails to check off your hiking bucket list—they offer great scenery and are easy for anyone to explore.
Blue Hills, Rusk County
One of Wisconsin’s best kept hiking secrets can be found in Rusk County. The Blue Hills are the remains of an ancient mountain range that rises 600 feet above the surrounding forest. It offers miles of intermediate to challenging hiking. When you approach the Blue Hills early in the morning, you’ll see how they got their name – they turn various shades of slate blue. A good place to start your hiking adventure is the Blue Hills Trail System.
Holmboe Nature Trail, Rhinelander
The Holmboe Nature Trail in Rhinelander is another easy hike that’s great for a low-key walk in the woods. The trail runs for just under a mile through old growth forest along the banks of the Pelican River. Keep your eyes peeled for white-tailed deer and other creatures that thrive in this protected natural area.
North Trout Lake Trail, Boulder Junction
Just south of the heart of Boulder Junction, you’ll find a one-mile trail that will take you over pretty boardwalks and past gorgeous views of Trout Lake. There’s an old-school hand pump that has cool and refreshing water and there’s a nearby beach that’s ideal for watching the sunset.
Wildwood Park Trails, Marshfield
Bison in Wisconsin? You bet—you can find them, along with wolves, Kodiak bears and more at Marshfield’s Wildwood Park Zoo. After paying these impressive creatures a visit, check out the surrounding trails in Wildwood Park. You’ll find three miles of paved and crushed granite trails that are perfect for an easy hike and ideal for people looking for an accessible trail.
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