Wyalusing State Park Trails

Topographical Map The next series of blogs will be about the 14.2 miles of land trails of Wyalusing State Park. Wyalusing State Park is blessed with hiking trails that traverse some of the most beautiful scenery in Wisconsin. Trails offer a variety of terrain ranging from easy, moderate slopes to steep climbs with steps. Click to view large topographical Map.





Sentinel Ridge Trail 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 and a series of nature labels describing the history of the park (1.6 miles).
Sentinel Ridge Trail Loop—There is a .5 mile loop around the Indian Mounds on Sentinel Ridge Trail that is wide and level, providing access to the mobility impaired. Nature labels are also located along that loop. (Click here to view a topographical map and detailed description.)


Whitetail Meadows Cross Country Ski/Mountain Bike Trail begins at the Huser Astronomy Center parking lot. Whitetail Meadows follows the boundary between woods and grassland. (Click here to view a topographical map and detailed description.)






Sand Cave Trail was redesigned and completed in late fall 2009. This trail encompasses Little Sand Cave as well as Big Sand Cave. Black Thunder Point, located between the two caves offers great views of the Wisconsin River. Distance from the old park office to Big Sand Cave (one way) is .8 of a mile. An additional .8 of a mile will take you around the loop past Little Sand Cave.
The total distance of Sand Cave Trail round trip is 2.4 miles.* (Click to view a topographical map and detailed description.)

Old Wagon Road 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.
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Bluff Trail is a short, scenic trail that begins at Point Lookout offers excellent scenery. This trail is currently open from Point Lookout to Treasure Cave. Hikers will pass through “The Keyhole” to reach the stairway to Treasure Cave, a small limestone cavern. (0.2 mile) (Click to view a topographical map and detailed description.)

Mississippi Ridge Trail
starts at Homestead Picnic Shelter, crosses Cathedral Tree Drive and runs parallel to it until Henneger Point Picnic Area. The trail follows the bluff along the Mississippi River. An excellent view of the Mississippi River is available from Henneger Point. Bicyclists are welcome to bike the return trip back to Homestead Picnic Area via Cathedral Tree Drive (1.8 miles). (Click to view a topographical map and detailed description.)







Sugar Maple Nature Trail 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 (1.5-mile loop) (Click to view a topographical map and detailed description.)


Turkey Hollow Trail 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. Due to several small hills, Turkey Hollow Ski Trail offers a more challenging route for the experienced skier. (Click to view a topographical map and detailed description.)

 

Walnut Springs Trail
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 (0.5 miles)
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The Prairie Trail connects Homestead Campground and Wisconsin Ridge. It parallels State Park Lane road. The trail is located on the prairie and is an easy walk.










Canoe/Kayak Water trail 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 the 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.
(Click to view topographical map and detailed description.)