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. View large topographical Map.
Bluff Trail is a short, scenic trail that begins at Council Point(4), just north of the Peterson Shelter (towards the Wisconsin River). Bluff Trail is blacktop, but is not considered handicap accessible. It 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. The trail offers scenic lookouts: Council Point(4), Signal Point(5), Treasure Cave(6) and Lookout Point(7) (0.2 mile). (More...)
Sentinel Ridge Trail
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. (More...)
Whitetail Meadows Trail begins at the Huser Astronomy Center parking lot. The parking lot is plowed during the winter. Whitetail Meadows Trail follows the boundary between woods and grassland. The trail stays near the top of the valley contours. When other trails are muddy and nearly impassable this trail is good to walk because it is on high dry ground with a lot of grass. (More...)
Sand Cave Trail
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.
Total distance of Sand Cave Trail round trip is 2.4 miles. (More...)
Old Wagon Road
The Wagon Road Trail partially follows a wagon road once used by pioneers. The original wagon road began at a small village, Walnut Eddy, located on the south side of the Wisconsin River. Historical information can be found in Wyalusing History, The Park, the People, the Land by Paul Kosir. Purchase the book at the Park Visitor Center. (More...)
Mississippi Ridge Trail
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). (More...)
Sugar Maple Nature Trail
Sugar Maple Nature Trail leads the park visitor to Picture Rock Cave. Although, not a cave in the truest sense of the word, the overhanging bluff is literally the coolest spot to be during the hottest days of summer. A steady stream of water falls from the bluff fifty feet above. The park visitor can walk under the falls and into a small pool of water. (More...)
Turkey Hollow Trail
Rolling through open fields, brush lands, 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 . (More...)
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 mile). (More...)
Old Immigrant Trail
egins at Knob Shelter and continues along the Wisconsin Rivers at Walnut Eddy. The trail then follows the Wisconsin River and eventually climbs the bluff to intersect Sentinel Ridge Trail.
Distance: 2.6 mile one way. Intersects with Sentinel Ridge Trail and Old Wagon Road Trail
Time: 1.5-2.5 hours
Difficulty: 2.5-4.0 (More...)
The Prairie Trail is an excellent walking trail skirting alongside State Park Lane and the Road to Homestead trail. Wide grassy open areas. Open fields. ****The Concession Stand is NOT located on this trail. (More...)
Wyalusing State Park and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintain a canoe/kayak area in the backwater of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.
Paddlers can travel North and South from Wyalusing State Park boat landing, though Glenn Lake and Woodyard slough.
Paddlers traveling North can follow a marked trail through Woodyard Slough to the main channel. and back to the boat landing.
Wood Yard Slough is only accessible by canoe or kayak. It is the most scenic. The trail section is upstream from the boat landing through Glenn Lake. The current is generally slow with few exceptions in narrow parts of the stream. Look for blue and white trail signs.
The canoe/kayak water trail offers a unique way to see the waterfowl, aquatic plants, and diverse animal life of the river bottomlands.
Glenn Lake is most conducive to fishing. Paddlers will share the southern part of the lake with fishing boats.
Part 1 - Boat Landing to Northern Trail Start
The Grand Tour
Wyalusing State Park features eleven trails. some of which are easy and others provide a challenge. The trails feature caves, prairies, springs, and bluffs. Each one offers views and memories along the way.
There is still one more trail that Wyalusing State Park features - The Grand Tour!
The Grand Tour of Trails isn't listed as an "official" trail. It's not a secret. The Grand Tour Trail is a system of trails encompassing Wyalusing State Park.