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Wisconsin's National Parks

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The beautiful state of Wisconsin is filled with destinations for visitors to enjoy. Some of these destinations are preserved in the National Park System. These sites include historic destinations, as well as beautiful spots, and much more. Visitors to these sites can enjoy the outdoors of Wisconsin while also learning about it's history, nature, geology and much more.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

The Apostle Islands are an archipelago, located off a large spit in western Lake Superior. The archipelago is composed of twenty-one islands, each of which is different. Madeline Island is the only island that can be reached by car. After reaching Madeline Island, visitors can spend their time exploring all of the different islands, their beaches and all of the fascinating natural features. The Madeline Island Historic Museum is a fun stop, where visitors can learn all about the fascinating history of the Apostle Islands. The Apostle Islands are a great destination for kayaking, kayaking in the archipelago is a great way to enjoy some of the amazing nature watching in the region. Bird enthusiasts will be amazed by the number and variety of species that they can see. Birds aren't the only wildlife that can be spotted in the Apostle Islands. Wildlife enthusiasts should keep an eye out for all different species inhabiting the islands, including black bears. Fishing enthusiasts will also enjoy spending time in the Apostle Islands. With great access to waterways there are plenty of opportunities to find all sorts of delicious fish.

Ice Age National Scenic Trail

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a great way to experience the beautiful state of Wisconsin. This Trail showcases the evidence of the Ice Age glacier that covered most of North America. Wisconsin's many lakes, hills, river valley and more are great evidence of the glacier. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail spans 1200 miles across Wisconsin. Visitors to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail can take day hikes, or hike across much larger parts of the trail.

North Country National Scenic Trail

This trail travels from North Dakota to New York and is an amazing way to experience each of the states it passes through. When completed the trail will be over 4,500 miles, however it is still under construction, so it is important for travelers to learn which parts are open for use. Visitors to this trail in Wisconsin can enjoy 200 miles of fascinating trail passing through the northern region of the state. The trail in Wisconsin crosses the St. Croix River, as well as passing through the Douglas County Wildlife Area, the Brule River State Forest and the Chequamegon National Forest. Each of these destinations offers visitors a look into some of the unique natural features of the state, included wetlands, forests, pine barrens and plenty of wildlife. Visitors can also visit Copper Falls State Park to see the amazing waterfalls while hiking this trail.

Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

Wisconsin is home to the beautiful Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, which is composed of the St. Croix River and the Namekagon River. Visitors to this national park will enjoy the wonderful opportunities for paddling. One of the best ways to experience all that this Riverway has to offer is to take a paddling excision, and camp on the banks of the river. There are many options for paddling adventures, there are some paddles recommended by Rangers, as well as plenty of information about the changing River Levels and Currents for each section of the park. Those interested in paddling these rivers can also find information about different features of the park. Other ways to enjoy the park include hiking, fishing and even snowmobiling during the winter.
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