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Hiking

The best way to experience the Reserve is on foot.  Three hikers-only trails are currently maintained within the Reserve:  an approximate one-mile loop starts and ends at the Visitor Center while extending down to Old 131 Trail, another approximately one-mile loop goes up to an overlook located about four miles north of La Farge just east of Highway 131, and a two-mile trail stretches from Winchel Valley Road to County Highway F at the Reserve's northern end.  The Visitor Center loop extends down a west-facing hill with railroad tie steps, easing navigation of steep sections.  The trail to the overlook is a moderate challenge to hike, while the northern trail is fairly rugged and includes a stream crossing--be prepared to get your feet wet.

Hikers are not limited to the 'hiking-only' trails, however.  You are welcome to try the 14 miles of mountain bike trails, the 37 miles of equestrian trails maintained within the Reserve, or the 4.5 mile Old 131 multi-use trail.  The mountain bike trails are mowed to a minimum 10-foot width several times during the season so are more easily traversed than the unmowed and rugged equestrian trails.  Since the mountain bike trails double as the snowmobile trail in winter, there are also bridges in place over stream crossings wherever they occur; the equestrian trails go through streams.   If unsure of the terrain, check the Reserve map or speak with someone in the Reserve Visitor Center before venturing out.  Permits are required for use of the Reserve. 

Be courteous and cautious while you explore and enjoy. Yield to horseback riders; horse can be easily startled. Talking to the horses helps the animal differentiate you from a wild predator.

  

 

 

 
Three fellas at the overlook on Black Hawk Rock

Please note that there are not bridges at the trail crossings of Warner, Weister, nor Billings Creeks. Trail crossings are generally shallow and too wide to jump across. Plan accordingly. Also, there is not a bridge over the Kickapoo River at River Crossing Trail and West Ridge Trail. This crossing depth varies but has a minimum of 3 ft and the current is fast and strong. Not recommended for wading.

 

Two hikers in the shadows of the woods

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Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962
kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us

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