Like many people this year, due to Covid we had to cancel our big vacation plans and take smaller ones closer to home. One of the things we did was take a "Staycation" in our home state of Wisconsin. Most of our activities involved just a day trip (see these posts HERE
) but we also did one overnight trip so we could go kayaking on the Kickapoo River,
and then visit Wyalusing State Park the next morning.
Wyalusing State Park is one of Wisconsin's oldest state parks. It encompasses 2700 acres with amazing overlooks of the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. It has 14 miles of hiking trails, and we had plans to hike a lot of those trails, but it ended up being such a hot and humid day we were quite miserable. So, we hiked only one loop and called it good, planning to come back in the fall when it is cooler to see the colors. It ended up being a good thing we left early because we had to take quite a long detour home as a major road was closed.
After looking at a map, we decided to do a loop and take the Old Wagon Road Trail to Bluff Trail, and then back to the parking lot.
Wyalusing is located on the very bottom west of our state. We are rarely in this area, so we really wanted to make it a point to see this park. It's a shame we couldn't stay longer to explore.
The Old Wagon Trail was originally built to carry wagons from the bluff tops to Walnut Eddy. It is a very forested trail. Most of the trail looks like the top two pictures. We did cross a little stream at one point, and when you near the end of the trail you are actually walking along the side of the bluff and can see pretty views like this through the trees. I would imagine in the fall/winter when the tree foliage is gone, the scenic views will be much more grand.
Once we neared the end of the Old Wagon Road Trail we hooked into the Bluff Trail, which was an absolutely incredible experience. It's a series of steps surrounding massive rocks leading to a small cave and another scenic view.
Most of this trail is fenced off for safety.
As always, my eye was drawn to all the moss covered rocks and ferns growing everywhere.
It's always fun to see how far you've climbed.
This little space between the rocks is part of the trail. What a fun place to explore!
Here is hubby on the other side.
This steep staircase leads to "Treasure Cave" a small limestone cave.
I was a little nervous getting too close to the cave fearing bats would suddenly fly out.
Coming down the staircase was a little more difficult than climbing up. Hubby suggested I turn around and climb down as if I were on a ladder. That worked much better!
This little side excursion off the trail is called "The Knob". It suddenly comes to a complete stop, so we had to turn around back the way we came.
At the end of Bluff Trail is another scenic overlook. Picture time!
If you're wondering what that is around my neck, it's a waterproof IPhone case. I used it the day before kayaking, and actually found it quite handy for hiking because I didn't have to hold my phone the whole time.
Because we were so hot and dripping wet from the heat and humidity, we decided not to hike anymore trails. We did however drive through the park to check out their campsites (which are amazing, because they are high on top of a bluff, so all the campers have amazing views) and the boat landing.
People fish off this pier, but most people come here to get their boats, kayaks, and canoes in the water. Wyalusing State Park actually has a six mile canoe trail that takes you through the Mississippi backwaters to the main channel. You can rent canoes at the park concession stand.
And that concludes our Wisconsin Staycation! We do have other plans this summer/fall, so you will be seeing more travel posts soon!
Have A Great Day! Amy
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Fantastic pictures of a beautiful trail, Amy. I also had fun calling up a map of Wisconsin and checking it out. Really exotic for myself sitting here in a little home officer outside Dublin, Ireland! #MLSTLReplyDelete
Oh, Ireland! I've seen so many beautiful photos of Ireland. You live in a gorgeous area. Isn't it wonderful how we can explore the world via a computer screen now?Delete
Beautiful! I love seeing hiking places in other states! I just discovered another place close to Atlanta that I need to check out.ReplyDelete
Thank you. We're always looking for new places to hike too.Delete
Amazing view! I realy love itReplyDelete
It really is. Thanks for stopping by.Delete
That is such an amazing place.ReplyDelete
Yes it is! Thanks for visiting.Delete
What a beautiful park; I bet the views and colors are fantastic in the fall. I have that same waterproof phone case and use it often for hiking but started taking it with us hiking too since it is so handy not to have to hold my phone.ReplyDelete
It is. Hopefully we'll get back to see it in the fall. How interesting that you have the same case. I find it more handy that wearing a fanny pack.Delete
Wow! You got a workout on this hike. Looks like a wonderful place.ReplyDelete
We definitely did. It was wonderful.Delete
Hi, Amy - I agree that Staycations offer heaps of benefits. Thank you for taking us to Wyalusing State Park. Whenever I read about a trail like this I always want to be teleported there. I wish that that could happen!ReplyDelete
I look forward to your upcoming travel posts. #MLSTL
Yes, they do. Oh, I've often wished I could teleport too. Wouldn't that be awesome?Delete
That's so smart to go down those stairs backwards!! They were SO steep.ReplyDelete
Yes, they were very steep.Delete
Que hermosos paisajes; me gustaron los senderos; los pasadizos atraves de las rocas increibles debe ser cansador pero para observar esos lugares maravillosos vale la pena la caminata.
Un placer conocer tu blog y porsupuesto que te sigo.
Thanks so much.Delete
It all looks lovely - but man there are a LOT of stairs and slopes! No wonder you were hot and humid doing it all. It still sounds like a lovely staycation for you though. #MLSTLReplyDelete
Yes, if you want to see great views you have to be prepared to climb.Delete
How lovely and green it all looks. Envying your heat and humidity at the moment! #mlstlReplyDelete
It sure is. We got a lot of rain this year. The heat and humidity is gone. It'll be in the 70's all week. It's so odd that it arrived early in the summer and leaves in August when it's traditionally suppose to be the hottest.Delete
You found some wonderful scenery and a terrific place to explore!ReplyDelete
It's awesome to see you at 'My Corner of the World' this week!! Thanks for linking up.
Yes we did! Thanks so much!Delete
que parque mas bonito, me encanta que tenga las maderas para poder andar bien, aqui no he encontrado algo similar, me encantaría.ReplyDelete
It certainly is. I hope you find someplace to walk well where you live.Delete
Looks so lush and green - we love local staycations too!ReplyDelete
It definitely is. Thanks for visiting.Delete
All of that cool, refreshing green! I love the moss and ferns, too. Once took bark with moss on it into school because my desert-dwelling students didn't know what moss was. Ha!ReplyDelete
Beautiful park, lovely walks. Great photos.
Yes it is! You have such a different landscape than we do, but I love yours too.Delete
Such a beautiful and lovely place. Looks so wonderful.ReplyDelete
It is! Thanks for visiting.Delete
What amazing scenery!ReplyDelete
It certainly is! Thanks for visiting!Delete
Oh this looks like a great staycation! Sadly I will not be going to Paris this year for FW. I am going to sorely miss this...ReplyDelete
It was. We made the best of a bad situation. So sorry you won't be able to take your trip.Delete
Wow.. that looks incredible. I love cave and interesting rock formations.ReplyDelete
It was an incredible experience. Thanks for visiting.Delete
Hello, this is one of my favorites for Encouraging Hearts and Home, this week! Stop by and say hello, also this post has been pinned!ReplyDelete
Oh wow! That's great news! Thanks so much!Delete
Wow Love this location Thanks a lot for sharing this article I must visit it one day xoxo CrisReplyDelete
Yes, you certainly must. I hope you can see it yourself one day.Delete
Nature and view in that national park are stunning. I'm sure that you have a great time there and enjoy so much.ReplyDelete
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Yes, it is. Thanks so much.Delete
The photos are all amazing, such a beautiful park!ReplyDelete
It looks beautiful, what great views and a nice trail to walk! :)ReplyDelete
Hope that you are having a lovely weekend :)
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