Hiking in Wisconsin (WI) is dominated by trails near water. From the shores of the Great Lakes to the inland lakes, rivers, and streams, there's plenty in Wisconsin to keep hikers happy.
Southern and Eastern Wisconsin hiking is defined by the Lake Michigan shoreline. Find trails that meander along sandy beaches or view the lake from the shade of the thick tree canopy. Northern Wisconsin has trails that traverse the shores of Lake Superior, which makes it a popular place to enjoy scenic views from the many lakeside trails in the area.
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is also in Northern Wisconsin--here you can find trails that trek through pristine wetlands, cross secluded ponds, and meander along glacial lakes. Both easy and difficult trails exist, making it a popular place for both families with children and avid hikers alike. Western Wisconsin offers hikers rugged and hilly terrain with trails that highlight plenty of streams, rivers, caves, and gorges in the many parks and recreational areas. You'll even find hiking trails near cities like Milwaukee and Green Bay.
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