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Brady's Bluff Trail

Perrot State ParkTrail descriptions

Hiking Snowshoeing Black Walnut nature trail (0.5 miles)

This trail is a self-guided interpretive trail loop with 20 interpretive stops. Guides are available at the trail head. Find out how Native Americans lived in this area. The trail is relatively flat and is covered with wood chips.

Hiking Snowshoeing Brady’s Bluff trail - east (0.7 miles)

Start your hike from the Mounds parking lot near the park headquarters. You will be passing through the Brady’s Bluff State Natural Area. Brady's Bluff Prairie is a dry bluff prairie on a steep, southwest facing Mississippi River bluff that rises nearly 460 feet above the river. The bluff, composed of sandstone capped with Prairie du Chien dolomite, affords a spectacular view of the river valley from its summit. The prairie contains over 100 species of native Wisconsin plants and many species of the Great Plains that are at or near their northeastern limit here. Several rare animals are also harbored by the natural area including butterflies and the state threatened wing snaggletooth land snail. The trail is narrow and steep and you will encounter some steps.

Hiking Brady’s Bluff trail - north (1.0 mile)

Hike from park shop to the top of the bluff.

Hiking Snowshoeing Brady’s Bluff trail - west (0.5 miles)

Start your hike at the Brady’s parking lot above the boat landing.  As you travel along this winding trail up to the goat prairie at the top of the bluff, watch for the rock steps and walls that were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the mid-1930s. The wooden stairway was constructed in 1995 by the Wisconsin Conservation Corps.  As you take each step, imagine carrying up the materials and tools to build these stairs. As you approach the top of the bluff to enjoy the views of Trempealeau Mountain and Trempealeau Bay, you will encounter a shelter building also constructed by the CCC. Take a break in the shade of the shelter and maybe a turkey vulture or eagle will soar by. The trail is narrow and steep and you will encounter steps and a stairway.

Canoeing and kayaking Voyageurs canoe trail (3.4 miles)

Voyageurs were French Canadian explorers that came to this area in the mid-1600s to expand the fur trade. Canoes were their primary means of transportation. Explore Trempealeau Bay as the voyageurs did on our 3.4 mile looped canoe trail. The trail is marked by blue/white directional signs and takes about 2-3 hours to complete. Canoes and kayaks are available to rent at the park headquarters.

Hiking Biking Snowmobiling Snowshoeing Great River State Trail

Perrot State Park is adjacent to the 24 mile Great River State Trail, where you can bicycle or snowmobile as well as hike and snowshoe.

Hiking Snowshoeing Perrot Ridge trail (1.5 miles)

Start your hike at the Mounds parking lot near the park headquarters. Meander through the lower prairie and climb stairs up to the top of the ridge and enjoy views of the river, Trempealeau Bay and the surrounding farmlands. Travel along a narrow trail at the top of the bluff and head back down past the Perrot historical marker where you can learn about Nicholas Perrot who traveled and camped in this area in 1685. The trail is steep and you will encounter some stairs.

Hiking Snowshoeing Riverview trail (2.5 miles)

Walk along the water’s edge with close-up views of the Mississippi and Trempealeau rivers. This trail goes from the campground to the east entrance with access to the trail at any of the parking lots. The trail is relatively flat, some steps, but no steep climbs.

Cross-country skiing Bay trail (2.0 miles)

This trail provides an easy ski loop from the nature center through the campground and back. It is tracked for traditional skiing.

In the campground is a 1 mile trail groomed for skate skiing. Start at the nature center.

Cross-country skiing Wilber's trail (2.4 miles)

This trail is our intermediate ski loop which travels from the nature center, past the maintenance shop, around a loop and back. It is tracked for traditional skiing.

Cross-country skiing Prairie trail (3.1 miles)

This trail is an expert ski loop which starts from the Wilber's trail, heads up and around Perrot Ridge and loops back to the Wilber’s trail. It is tracked for traditional skiing.

Cross-country skiing Cedar Glade trail (5.0 miles)

This trail is an expert ski loop which extends past the Prairie trail, drops into the ravines behind Perrot Ridge and loops back to the Prairie trail. 

Last revised: Friday July 20 2012