Blue Mound State Park Activities and recreation
While all of the trails in the park are open to hiking, there are three trails designated as hiking-only in spring, summer and fall: the Indian Marker Tree Trail, the self-guided Flintrock Nature Trail and the Pleasure Valley Hiking Trail.
Off-Road biking at Blue Mound.
The park has 15.5 miles of challenging off-road, singletrack bicycle trails. A state trail pass is required of all bicyclists aged 16 and over (in addition to the vehicle admission sticker). Trails are open spring, summer and fall unless wet trail conditions exist. Trails are closed during winter. There is also access to the 40-mile Military Ridge State Trail from the park’s campground. Park map.
Blue Mound State Park is the only Wisconsin state park with a swimming pool. The pool is L-shaped, 75 feet long on each side. Depth varies from three feet in the shallow section to 11 feet in the diving area. A safety rope at the 5.5-foot level separates the swimming and diving areas.
Blue Mound State Park offers a number of beautiful and relaxing opportunities in the picnic area. Shelters at Blue Mound State Park.
Playground equipment and sandboxes are in the picnic area near the shelters and in the campground.
Observation towers are at the far east and far west ends of the picnic area. Each tower is 40 feet high and equipped with a landmark locator to help pinpoint the location of various cities and geologic features. At the top of the towers, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside hundreds of feet below. Enjoy the view of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway, Baraboo Bluffs and the gentle rolling countyside as far as the eye can see.
Vistas have been cut through the trees on the north side of the picnic area, near the towers, for those who cannot climb the observation towers, These also offer panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
A horseshoe court is on the north side of the main shelter. Horseshoes are available at the park office.
Hunting and trapping
Hunting and trapping are allowed in the open areas of the park during the Wisconsin state parks hunting and trapping time frame. Trapping is not permitted in closed areas as noted on the park hunting map or within 100 yards of any designated use area, including trails. Certain trap types are restricted on state park properties. For more information, please see:
In addition to the opportunities that are available during the state parks hunting/trapping time frame, hunting opportunities in state parks that were already established by rule and in place prior to the enactment of 2011 ACT 168, remain in place.
- At Blue Mound State Park, this includes archery deer hunting, which is allowed in the park beginning Oct. 15 through the Sunday nearest Jan. 6.
Skiers follow tracks.
More than 10 miles of meticulously groomed and tracked trails wind through peaceful rolling fields and mature oak-hickory forests. All trails are tracked for classical skiing when snow depth and conditions allow. In low snow conditions all the trails are groomed for skating. Winter trails map.
The trails at Blue Mound vary from beginner to more advanced and can be reached from the trail head at the pool parking lot. A state trail pass is required of all skiers aged 16 and over (in addition to the vehicle admission sticker). John Minix, Pleasure Valley, Willow Springs, Flintrock and Ridgeview (in order from easiest to most difficult) are groomed for skiing when conditions permit.
Hiking and snowshoeing are allowed anywhere in the park except on cross-country ski trails. A designated snowshoe trail with a 0.75-mile loop and a 3-mile loop has its trailhead on the east side of the pool parking lot.
Blue Mound State Park has a hill for sledding, just west of the cross-country ski trailhead in the pool parking lot.