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Hiking in the Stevens Point Area

Looking to get out and get some fresh air? The Stevens Point Area offers an expansive range of hiking opportunities so grab your hiking boots and get ready to hit the trails! Check out the boardwalks along the Schmeeckle Reserve, each breathtaking segment of the Green Circle Trail, or any of the large state natural areas such as the Buena Vista Grasslands or the Emmons Creek Barrons.

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  • The popular 27-mile Green Circle Trail in the Stevens Point Area is well-used throughout the year. All 12 segments are open year-round and allow for undeniable views 365 days of the year. The trail links scenic natural areas that follow the Wisconsin and Plover Rivers and winds through forests, parks, and wetlands. Hike the Brickyard segment and make a detour through the Sculpture Park or visit the Riverfront segment along the Wisconsin River. 
  • Venture out to Standing Rocks County Park for a day. With approximately 10-miles of trails along differing terrain with differing difficulties, the park is a great stop for a day hike. Hike through the gorgeous wooded areas taking in all the natural beauty of the area. Day passes are required at the park and can be purchased at the trailhead. 
  • Looking for a more scenic hike? Try any one of the nine state natural areas in Portage County. The areas feature expansive ranges of grasslands, meadows, dry-mesic forests, and more. Visit the Emmons Creek Barrons which is located on a sandy glacial outwash that supports an oak savanna with scattered bur and white oaks or take a trip to the Upper Little Wolf's cold-water stream surrounded by a northern mesic forest and try your hand at fishing. 
  • Another popular trail in the area is the Tomorrow River State Trail. The trail is 28-miles of crushed limestone and cuts through the rural landscape of eastern Portage County allowing for incredible, scenic views. Linking Plover to the Village of Manawa, outdoor recreational enthusiasts can use the trail year-round. Trail passes are required. Learn more and purchase a pass.


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