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Popular Wisconsin Hiking Trails in the Driftless Area

Now that warmer and sunnier days are in our forecasts throughout the state of Wisconsin, it’s time we start looking outdoors for fun adventures and things to do.  Our Vacation Rental is located in Soldiers Grove, right in the heart of the Driftless Area; a region known for its unique, starkly contrasting, and beautiful landscapes.  Many of us don’t need excuses to get out and enjoy nature’s bounty, but if you need a little inspiration to strap on those hiking boots, then hitting the trails to explore these unique landscapes is exactly what you’re looking for.  Book your room at our Wisconsin Vacation Rental, and embark on a hiking journey through the Driftless Area that will leave you thirsting for future adventures.

Hiking Through the Driftless Area

The Driftless Area extends from Galena, Illinois on the south to about 50 miles north of La Crosse, Wisconsin. It includes the area from Baraboo, Wisconsin on the east to Decorah, Iowa on the west. Soldiers Grove is smack in the middle of this area.  Unlike most of the rest of the state of Wisconsin, the Driftless Area remained untouched by the last glaciers, leaving miles upon miles of hiking trails intact for us to enjoy today.  Our favorite nearby hiking trail is the Ridge Trail at Effigy Mounds National Monument. We suggest you start off at the visitor center, where you’ll learn about the different mounds preserved here, which are considered to be sacred to regional Native American Tribes. From there, head out on the Ridge and other trails, enjoying the sacred nature and history you’ll encounter along the way.

A great place to catch the dramatic vistas of surrounding Driftless landscapes is Wyalusing State Park, where you’ll find dramatic views overlooking the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. Here, you can walk along river bluffs, take in the breathtaking vistas, and even explore limestone caves throughout the park.  Head just over the border into Iowa, and explore Pikes Peak State Park, one of the most photographed parks in Iowa. Find your way to the 500 foot bluffs for another breathtaking view overlooking the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. Nearby, snap some pictures of the picturesque Bridal Veil Falls, before continuing on a remote four mile hiking trail to Point Ann, to a bluff that overlooks the Mississippi.  After hours spent in the hilly driftless terrain, there’s nothing better than coming back to our quiet, luxurious accommodations for rest and relaxation.  We look forward to your stay with us in Southwest Wisconsin!