Hiking

  • First Day Hikes scheduled in dozens of state properties on New Year’s Day

    Door County resident Sandie Custer tries to hike, camp or snowshoe with her husband a few times a month, often in Peninsula State Park overlooking Lake Michigan. “Wisconsin is just so blessed to have a park system that lets people get out and just be amongst Mother Nature, see the wildlife, enjoy the vegetation, and…

    First Day Hikes scheduled in dozens of state properties on New Year’s Day
  • Ice Age and North Country National Scenic Trails designated as national parks

    The Ice Age and North Country National Scenic Trails in Wisconsin are joining hundreds of national treasures after being designated as parks under the National Park System. The two trails are being recognized as units of the National Park Service, more commonly referred to as parks. The addition means the agency now manages 428 units…

    Ice Age and North Country National Scenic Trails designated as national parks
  • Report: State tax funding for conservation and parks has steadily eroded over decades

    When COVID-19 brought lockdowns and gathering restrictions, people flocked to Wisconsin’s outdoors to escape crowds and catch a break from being confined to their homes. But while users crowded parks and trails, the state’s financial support has been on a long decline. Outdoor recreation contributed $7.8 billion to Wisconsin’s gross domestic product in 2020. The…

    Report: State tax funding for conservation and parks has steadily eroded over decades
  • Ultrarunner sets new ‘fastest known time’ for Wisconsin section of the North Country National Scenic Trail

    Endurance athlete Brad Birkel took a little more than three days in October to run over 200 miles nearly nonstop. More impressive is where he ran it and how. Propelling himself day and night, and barely sleeping, the Middleton ultrarunner covered the entire segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail across the hilly northern…

    Ultrarunner sets new ‘fastest known time’ for Wisconsin section of the North Country National Scenic Trail
  • Central Wisconsin ski resort to launch major expansion after state approval of Rib Mountain plan

    Wisconsin’s largest ski resort will launch a significant expansion after the state approved a new master plan for Rib Mountain. The plan also calls for the creation of new hiking, climbing and mountain biking trails at the central Wisconsin state park. The ancient quartzite hill outside of Wausau is already a site for skiing and…

    Central Wisconsin ski resort to launch major expansion after state approval of Rib Mountain plan
  • Fall colors 2022: Wisconsin leaf-peepers visit top spots for peak foliage

    In northern Wisconsin, leaves are turning yellow, orange and red as temperatures drop across the state. Sightseers are making the trip to places like Dunn, St. Croix and Burnett counties, for the stunning, but fleeting, scenery. As of Thursday, the Wisconsin Fall Color Report had 10 counties showing “peak fall colors.” The southern part of…

    Fall colors 2022: Wisconsin leaf-peepers visit top spots for peak foliage
  • Nonprofit purchases property to extend Ice Age National Scenic Trail

    Conservationist Kevin Thusius let out a big scream of joy when he heard the news. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail would be getting a little longer. It all started in 2012. The Ice Age Trail Alliance was in the process of determining where to extend the trail. For years, Thusius — who’s the conservation…

    Nonprofit purchases property to extend Ice Age National Scenic Trail
  • Arlette Laan will soon be the first female hiker to complete all 11 national scenic trails

    In about a week, a Massachusetts woman is expected to reach the eastern end of Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail, becoming the first female hiker to finish all 11 national scenic trails in the United States. Arlette Laan, whose trail name is “Apple Pie,” had about 200 miles left of the 1,200-mile-long trail as of last…

    Arlette Laan will soon be the first female hiker to complete all 11 national scenic trails
  • Color in the Outdoors wants to open up the natural world to marginalized groups in Wisconsin

    To Christopher Kilgour, for groups such as his that advocate for equitable access to the outdoors, just having a seat at the decision-making table isn’t enough. “It’s also having a cup, a plate, a knife, a spoon and a meal,” he said. “Not just having a voice, but being actually included in the conversation in…

    Color in the Outdoors wants to open up the natural world to marginalized groups in Wisconsin
  • Ice Age Trail’s eastern terminus to move to a more ‘picturesque’ location

    The eastern terminus of Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail is moving this spring to a more picture-perfect location. The 1,200-mile footpath highlights geography carved out by ancient glaciers, winding through some of the state’s most picturesque locations while connecting state parks and greenways. The trail’s western terminus is on a rocky bluff high over the St.…

    Ice Age Trail’s eastern terminus to move to a more ‘picturesque’ location