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Wyalusing State ParkTrail descriptions

Hiking Bluff trail (0.2 miles)

A wooded trail high on the Wisconsin River bluffs offers some excellent scenery. A flight of stairs leads to Treasure Cave where the adventurous can explore a small limestone cavern.

Canoeing and Kayaking Canoe trail (6 miles)

Wyalusing State Park maintains a marked canoe trail through the backwaters of the Mississippi River. The 6-mile canoe trail starts at the boat landing and continues through the Mississippi River backwaters to the main channel. Canoeists will travel down stream (with the current) until they reach another area of backwater. This will lead you back to the boat landing. At every major intersection of waterways, look for blue and white canoe trail signs to direct you. There are no signs at the end of the sloughs leading back to the canoe trail, so look for signs at intersections. All canoes must be equipped with a Coast Guard approved lifesaving device for each person aboard. Wearing of these devices at all times is recommended. Rental canoes and kayaks are available at the park concession stand in season.

Hiking Biking Mississippi Ridge trail (1.8 miles)

Mississippi Ridge trail starts at Homestead Picnic Shelter (parking available), crosses Cathedral Tree Drive and runs parallel to it until Henneger Point Picnic Area. The trail follows the bluff along the Mississippi River, ending at Henneger Point Picnic Area. An excellent view of the Mississippi River is available from Henneger Point. Bicyclists are welcome to bike the return trip back to Homestead Picnic Shelter via Cathedral Tree Drive.

Hiking Old Wagon Road trail (0.8 miles)

Old Wagon trail was originally built to carry wagons from the bluff tops to Walnut Eddy. This heavily-wooded trail starts across the road from the basketball / tennis courts and ends at the Knob Picnic Shelter overlooking the Wisconsin River.

Hiking Sand Cave trail (2.4 miles)

Sand Cave trail travels past Big Sand Cave and Little Sand Cave. Both are washed out areas of limestone with small waterfalls. Black Thunder Point, located between the two caves offers an excellent view of the Wisconsin River.

Hiking Sentinel Ridge trail and Loop (1.6 miles)

Running from Point Lookout to the boat landing, this trail turns the corner from the Wisconsin River to the Mississippi River. Midway along the trail is the Passenger Pigeon Monument. A series of nature labels describing park history and Indian Mounds are found along the “loop” of Sentinel Ridge. This section of the trail is wide and level, providing access to the mobility impaired. The trail takes a steep drop down to the Mississippi River.

Hiking Sugar Maple Nature trail (1.5 mile loop)

A self-guided nature trail provides informational signs identifying various plants and giving ecological principles. A short side trail leads to Pictured Rock Cave which displays a small waterfall tumbling over a limestone outcropping.

Hiking Turkey Hollow trail (2.3 mile loop)

Rolling through open fields, brushlands, oak forests and a pine plantation, this trail is ideal for wildlife observation. Due to the wide range of plant life and varied topography, many species of plants and animals can be seen along the way, including the elusive turkey. Skiers can now access both ski trails from the same parking lot near the Astronomy Center. Due to several small hills, Turkey Hollow Ski trail offers a more challenging route for the experienced skier.

Hiking Walnut Springs trail (0.5 miles)

This trail connects the Astronomy Center to Sand Cave trail, running parallel to State Park Road. This connecting trail passes through grassland and the edge of a white pine plantation.

Hiking Biking Cross-country skiing Whitetail Meadows trail (1.7 or 3.1 mile loop)

The Whitetail Meadows trail begins at the Huser Astronomy Center parking lot. Whitetail Meadows follows the boundary between woods and grassland. Whitetail Meadows trail is an excellent trail for the less experienced cross-country skier.

Last revised: Friday July 27 2012