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Blue Mound State Park Trail descriptions

Hiking Nature Trail Flintrock trail

This self-guided wooded 1.3-mile trail offers interesting interpretive signs explaining the geology of the Blue Mound area. Watch for flintrock boulders scattered along this trail as the trail takes you along the north side of the mound.

Hiking Indian Marker Tree trail

A half-mile trail named for an oak tree that was bent over 100 years ago and points towards a natural spring. The trail meanders along the north face of the mound through rock outcroppings. Native Americans and early settlers once used the tree marker to help locate water.

Hiking Cross-country Skiing John Minix trail

Named for the previous owner of the park, John Minix, this 1-mile loop offers a gentle meandering jaunt through a dense hardwood forest. It is our easiest trail.

Hiking Bicycling Access to Military Ridge State Trail

The park is next to the 40-mile Military Ridge State Trail, which is open to bicycling, hiking and snowmobiles when there is enough snow.

Bicycling Off-road singletrack bike trails

More than 15 miles of off-road, singletrack bike trails are carved into the hilly terrain for enthusiasts willing to take the challenge. The Overlode, Basalt and Pepper, Chert Dip, Gneiss and Smooth and Holy Schist trails offer spectacular views of the dolomite and chert outcroppings and challenges cyclist’s bike handling skills. The trailhead is at the pool parking lot.

Hiking Bicycling Cross-country Skiing Pleasure Valley bike trail

A rolling 1-mile trail will take you through a peaceful sugar maple forest and a wide range of plant life in a open prairie. The Pleasure Valley Trail is groomed for both traditional and diagonal skiers in winter.

Hiking Weeping Rock hiking trail

People walking on wooded trail
Exploring the Indian Marker Tree Trail

A 1-mile extension of the Pleasure Valley Trail. Descend into a mixed forest of oak and maple trees. The trail follows Ryan Creek, a spring-fed creek, down into the glen. A beautiful rock face wall is at the bottom with water from springs seeping out of it.

Hiking Cross-country Skiing Ridgeview trail

Along the south border of the park near the Military Ridge State Trail. It offers spectacular views of the surrounding area with easy access from the campground. The trail has moderate to steep hills and is not recommended for the novice skier.

Hiking Cross-Country Skiing Walnut Hollow trail

A half-mile extension of the Ridgeview Trail, this short trail takes you through a stand of Black Walnut trees before emerging back into the prairie.

Hiking Cross-country Skiing Willow Springs trail

A 2-mile trail that winds through a mixed hardwood forest and passes a stand of willow trees and a spring that flows year-round. Years ago, Native Americans and early settlers used this spring as a reliable water source.

Last revised: Wednesday December 10 2014