There is no denying that Wisconsin is one of the most beautiful spots in the Midwest and full of opportunity for outdoor adventure. Home to nearly 50 state parks, seven wilderness areas, and four breathtaking regions operated by the National Park Service, the Badger State entices residents and visitors to enjoy everything nature has to offer. The possibilities are endless for an end-of-the-summer or a back-to-school outdoor adventure with kids of any age and ability.
Before getting started on your family trip into the wilds, make a stop at Fontana Sports. They have two locations in Madison, and sell the best gear, which includes Osprey Packs. The shops are locally owned and staffed by dedicated outdoor enthusiasts who will bend over backwards to help you have the perfect outing. Fontana Sports is also dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment, and makes sure to encourage environmental stewardship while enjoying recreational activities outside.
Here are just a few of the best spots to get out and explore in Wisconsin.
Mirror Lake State Park
Mirror Lake State Park, surrounded by gorgeous sandstone bluffs, is a family-friendly area with nearly 30 miles of trails. With 121 campsites, showers, and boat and bike rentals, it gives you comfortable amenities and accessible activities alongside one of the more picturesque lakes in the state.
The trails here are easily accessible and perfect for carrying youngsters around on your back or for letting the older kids explore on their own with an afternoon’s worth of supplies in the Osprey Jet. Check out the Northwest Trail, a 2.3 mile trek that weaves its way through the forests, and has occasional lake views. This and the Fern Dell Trail are the most isolated and wild sections of the park.
Copper Falls State Park
Families that love a good walk through the woods will be in awe at the timeless, simple beauty of Copper Falls State Park. Created by ancient lava flows, the unique geology here has made this one of the most scenic destinations in all of Wisconsin. Not only is it ideal for hiking, with 17 miles of trails, but it’s great for camping as well, and offers 51 year-round campsites.
One of the park’s highlights is the awesome and majestic Brownstone Falls. The beauty of the falls is inspiring, and gives you a rush of adrenaline that will keep you hiking around every corner and bend of trail. Weaving through forests and next to breathtaking rapids and incredible gorges, the trails in Copper Falls will quickly become a family favorite.
Ice Age National Scenic Trail
The Ice Age National Scenic Trail stretches 1200 miles from the St. Croix River to Green Bay. The trail is one of America’s 11 National Scenic Trails, and follows the edge of the last continental glacier in North America. Besides providing an excellent opportunity for hiking, the trail showcases Wisconsin’s glacial landscape, as well the state’s beauty.
The entire trail is gorgeous, historic, and educational, but the best section of this stunning trek is found along the Chippewa Moraine segment. This section has 21 lakes in six miles as well as primitive campsites where you can camp in the wild. Pack up your Osprey Atmos, bring your sense of adventure, and enjoy a stunning camping trip that is sure to inspire a lifetime of outdoor discovery.
Big Bay State Park
If you and your family are looking for a spectacular view of the galaxy, camping and stargazing gets no better than at Big Bay State Park. Thanks to the immense size of Lake Superior, clear nights along the shore are best spent staring deep into the depths of the universe, watching meteors, satellites, and the stars and planets above.
Located on Madeline Island, this 2,350-acre park is about as remote as you can get. It has stunning bluffs and more than three miles of beaches, which makes it the ideal spot for camping if you are looking for good hiking and a fun adventure. Explore the boreal forests and old growth hemlocks, pass by bogs, and wander along cliffs before taking in the dramatic views of Lake Superior.
What are you waiting for? Load up your Osprey Kestrel/Kyte and explore to your heart’s content.
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