Driftless Wisconsin Hiking is Calling Your Name
A perennial favorite activity in the Driftless Area is spending time in the beautiful outdoors, exploring the tremendous beauty that our region is known for. Driftless Wisconsin, so named for its its unique, starkly contrasting and beautiful landscapes, is home to some of the most popular hiking in the state of Wisconsin. We can’t think of a better way to experience the stunning landscapes of the Driftless Area than by spending a day hiking these hills. At any time of year, you’ll also be rewarded with glimpses of rare birds, animals, and of course spectacular spring wildflowers. With abundant state parks, nature reserves and natural areas, the difficulty lies not in finding the motivation to get outside, but in choosing the best place to hike. Book your room at our Wisconsin Vacation Rental, and embark on a hiking journey through the Driftless Area that will leave you yearning for more of this little piece of Wisconsin paradise.
Driftless Wisconsin Hiking
With five large parks located between the Prairie du Chien area and the northern end of the Kickapoo River, there are no shortage of wonderful Driftless Wisconsin hiking trails to explore. Wyalusing State Park features the showy and dramatic confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers from high above. Along the 23.7 miles of trails here, you’ll find beautiful river bluffs, breathtaking vistas, and even limestone caves begging for exploration, with the 1.6 miles of Sentinel Ridge Trail being the most scenic. It can be reached from Point Lookout, and follows the bluff all the way down to the Mississippi River (a drop of about 500 feet). Another wildly popular hiking destination in Driftless Wisconsin is Wildcat Mountain State Park, which is situated on a steep ridge overlooking the scenic Kickapoo River Valley.
For something a little different, head into the Pikes Peak State Park, known as the most photographed park in Iowa. Two beautiful hiking destinations to see here are the picturesque Bridal Veil Falls, and Point Ann at the end of a remote 4-mile long hiking trail. Our personal favorite nearby hiking area is at Effigy Mounds National Monument. We suggest you start off at the visitor center to learn about the different sacred Native American mounds preserved here before continuing along the Ridge Trail. Book your room at our relaxing Vacation Rental today, and let Driftless Wisconsin hiking inspire you.
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15662 Vance Rd
Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin 54655
Our family stayed in mid-August. We had a very relaxing visit. The house is comfortable and the property is encircled by hills, making the experience a unique getaway. We enjoyed building bonfires each night, hanging out in the nice living room and taking the surprisingly lengthy hikes that are all on the property. Mornings started with coffee on the second story porch overlooking the meadow and hills, evenings ended with zero noise except that made by nature or our family. Each night there was a canopy of bright stars that weren't diluted by light pollution. We enjoyed hiking Wildcat Mountain, canoeing down the Kickapoo, roasting smores and hanging out. My son and I tried our luck at trout fishing in a nearby stream (Tainter?). It was an enjoyable, unique experience although we didn't catch anything. We'll be back.
- Dave, Eau Claire, WI