Top 5 Escapes to Nature in the Fox Cities

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Written by:  Adam Schanke, Sports Marketing Manager

Do you ever feel the need to escape and relax but don’t have the luxury of time to go to your favorite weekend destination?  There are many places with trails and resting spots right here in our backyard that offer relaxing and peaceful settings. Below are my top five places to “get away” in the Fox Cities.

1000Islands_KaukaunaWIfence5710u1000 Islands Environmental Center – 7.2 miles of wooded trails with a nice stretch of trail along the Fox River. There are several benches along the trails to sit back and watch nature come to life. Keep an eye out for eagles, deer, and other wildlife that frequent the environmental center.

Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve – 9.5 miles of trails through woods and fields with various overlook points and piers. The Deer Run trail along Bear Creek offers some great scenery during all seasons. A new $4 million environmental center building is expected to open on the preserve in Spring 2017, for those looking to learn about what they see on the trails.

High Cliff State Park – 16 miles of looped trails with varied lengths. High Cliff State Park might be a bit of a drive from most Fox Cities communities, but I HighCliffStatePark_SherwoodWIlakeviewtwopromise it is worth the trip. The Red Bird trail is the most popular, offering views of Lake Winnebago, limestone formations, and an observation tower.

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve – Located just off the north end of Lake Winnebago, Heckrodt offers 3 miles of trails through the wooded reserve, with about 1 mile on wooden boardwalks. While at Heckrodt, there is a good chance you will see turtles, frogs, and various waterfowl.

TrestleTrail_MenashaWI6564jre-1.jpgFox Cities Trestle/Friendship Trail – Although the trail goes through developed areas and is more crowded than those mentioned above, the trestle bridge offers a unique 360-degree view from the center of Little Lake Butte Des Morts. There will eventually be a 5K loop once the Loop the Little Lake project is complete.

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