Hiking South Eastern Wisconsin Trails

Picnic baskets and blankets are available for use during your stay at the Hamilton House.  We have a supply of sunscreen and bug spray on hand should you need some.  Also available are binoculars along with books on local birds, trees and flowers to enrich your hiking experience.  

Nature Land County Park

Natureland’s 122 acres contain 4 hiking trails, which provide an opportunity to observe the beautiful Kettle Moraine terrain. Springs and wetlands support a variety of vegetation, displaying the ecological diversity found in the park.
A picnic area including an open sided pavilion is available for day use with bathroom facilities nearby. A large (30’w x 50’l) cedar log cabin equipped with tables and benches is also available. The log cabin and shelters are approximately 800’ apart.  These areas are available for family picnics, weddings, reunions etc.  
Contact the Walworth County Public Works Department at 262-741-3114 for additional information.

Kettle Moraine Southern Unit

Kettle Morine Southern Unit features more than 20,000 acres of glacial hills, kettles, lakes, prairie restoration sites, pine woods and hardwood forests can be found in the Southern Unit, making this a popular area for a wide variety of visitors. The Forest is 30 miles long, extending from the village of Dousman, almost to the city of Whitewater. The 3,500-acre Scuppernong River Habitat Area is the largest wet prairie east of the Mississippi River.   Trail Details

Guided Wildflower hikes in the Kettle Moraine State Park Saturdays March - May 10:00am  Take a spring walk through the Kettle Moraine State Forest and view the blooming wildflowers. The weekly walks are held every Saturday from March 31 to mid-May (flower dependent). Walks begin at the Forest Headquarters, but be prepared to drive to wherever the flowers are blooming.

Forest Headquarters: S91 W39091 Highway 59, Eagle, WI. (262) 594-6200; 3 miles west of the village of Eagle on State Highway 59.

Whitewater Lake Recreational Area

Whitewater Lake Recreation Aera features beach, forest, trails, boating, and picnicking. Grab a picnic basket, beach towels and prepare for a fun filled day at Whitewater Lake Beach. BBQ's, hiking trails, jungle gym equipment and of course sand are all here waiting for you and your family. The beach is in a fee area so come early to get more bang for your buck!

Hwy 12 to County Rd P, Follow P to Kettle Moraine Drive, Whitewater, WI 53190. Watch for Signage. (262)473-6427

Ice Age Trail

The Ice Age Trail, one of only eleven National Scenic Trails in the United States, is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting Wisconsin's world-renowned Ice Age heritage and scenic beauty. The Ice Age Trail route will take you through some of Wisconsin's most scenic terrain, highlighting mature forests, expansive prairies and thousands of lakes and rivers. The story of how our modern landscape was sculpted is fascinating. After reading the information below, take time to reflect the next time you are using the Ice Age Trail on the centuries of natural processes that have crafted the places that we enjoy today.

Weekly Walks  The Walworth/Jefferson County chapter leads weekly walks year round on Tuesdays at 4:00 pm and Wednesdays at 10:30 am meeting at the Ice Age National Scenic Trail parking lot four miles east of Whitewater on U.S. Highway 12.

White River State Trail

White River State Trail This multi-use 12 mile crushed limestone trail follows a former railroad bed and connects the City of Elkhorn to Burlington and passes through the historic Villages of Lyons and Springfield. The trail offers scenic views of farmland, wetlands and waterways. Uses for this trail include hiking, biking, snowmobiles and a two-mile adjacent horse trail is open between Springfield and Lyons.  A State Bicycle Trail pass is required. Passes can also be purchased at four self-registration stations on the trail. The stations are located in the parking lots along the trail on County Trunk Highway H and County Trunk Highway NN, at State Highway 120 in Springfield and at Spring Valley Road.