The fearless Saunter Group traveled a little farther a field in August. They drove to Blue Mound State Park for a hike, picnic and (for the adventurous) a bike on the Military Ridge Trail.
Blue Mounds, Wisconsin is in the center of the southern part of Wisconsin. Blue Mounds, Wisconsin is named because of the two blue hills that are the highest hills in the southern Wisconsin region. Conveniently nestled between Blue Mound State Park (listed as a National Natural Landmark) and Brigham County Park and having the Military Ridge State Trail running through the Village.
Seventh Highest Spot in Wisconsin
The top of the hill at Blue Mound State Park is 1,716 feet above see level – that’s 500+ feet over Gibraltar Rock, and is the seventh highest spot in Wisconsin. Hiking over Labor Day at Gibraltar Rock, we all noted that Blue Mound is visible in the distant Southwest.
According to the WI DNR site, most of the park is in the Southwest Savanna while the rest is in the Western Coulee and Ridges. It’s a great park with opportunities for outdoor activity year round. During the spring, summer, and fall you can explore the park by foot or bike in designated areas. In the winter, depending on snowfall, you can hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski.
All the trails are open to hiking in the park, but some are noted as hiking only: Indian Market Tree Trail, Flintrock Nature Trail and the Pleasure Valley Hiking Trail.
Hike with a view
The group hike several of the trails at Blue Mound followed by a picnic lunch at Brigham Park. Dean and Marcia Schwarz and Kurt Eakle also biked from the park to Barneveld and back on the Military Ridge Trail.
What is your favorite memory of Blue Mound State Park?
- A little hiking goes a long way – Gibraltar Segment Ice Age Trail (lodivalleynews.com)