Top 5 Summer Activities in the Driftless Area
The Driftless Area of Wisconsin, otherwise known as the beautiful land in southwestern Wisconsin known for its dramatic bluffs and valleys, is the perfect place to spend some time this summer. While all of Wisconsin has something to offer for resident and visitors alike, the Driftless Area is someplace special. Here, you’ll find stunning river valleys criss-crossed by a multitude of streams, contrasted with steep forested bluffs and hillsides that were left untouched by the glacial forces of centuries past. Here, there is a special peaceful beauty, ripe with opportunity for summer recreational activities and relaxation. The most popular summer activities in the Driftless Area include hiking, biking fishing, bird watching, and canoeing down the rivers. Book your room at our gorgeous Vacation Rental today, and take advantage of the incredible summer activities found in the Driftless Area.
Top Summer Activities
With the acres upon acres of unspoiled wilderness surrounding us in the Driftless Area, it’s no wonder that hiking is a perennial favorite activity for those people who live in or visit Driftless Wisconsin. With so many wonderful trails to choose from, it can be hard to pick a place to start. However, it’s hard to go wrong with the following favorite hiking destinations: Wildcat Mountain State Park, Effigy Mounds National Monument, Kickapoo Valley Reserve, and Wyalusing State Park. Each of these hiking locales will offer you a quiet respite from everyday life and spectacular views over the Driftless Area. It just so happens that the Kickapoo Valley Reserve and Wyalusing State Park also offer some spectacular trails for mountain biking. The country roads that criss-cross the Driftless Area are wonderful places to spend a day biking, where riders will enjoy a wonderful tour through the scenic rural countryside.
Birding has become an increasingly popular activity in Driftless Wisconsin, as the landscapes here provide habitat for an incredible variety of bird populations. Driftless Wisconsin is located near the Mississippi Flyway, which is a heavily-used bird migration route along the Mississippi River. Popular birding hotspots include Wyalusing State Park, the Upper Mississippi River National Fish & Wildlife Refuge, St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien, Kickapoo Valley Reserve, and Wildcat Mountain State Park. If you’d rather spend your days in the Driftless Area on water, there are plenty of opportunities for that as well. With rivers such as the Mississippi, the Kickapoo, and the Wisconsin nearby, there’s no shortage of places to enjoy a little canoeing, kayaking, or fishing. Interesting areas to check out are the Upper Mississippi River National Fish & Wildlife Refuge, the lower portion of the Wisconsin River, and the stunning Kickapoo River, which is considered to be one of the best and most photogenic rivers in the Midwest. With these wonderful summer activities and so much more available to you in the Driftless area, don’t hesitate to book your stay at our charming retreat in the heart of Driftless Wisconsin.
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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