During our fall weekend in Wisconsin, we hiked in Mill Bluff State Park in Camp Douglas. The whole area was ablaze with fall colors, so I hoped that we would have a breathtaking view from atop the bluff and my hunch was right!
Amazing views in all directions! The climb up to the summit can be steep in some areas, but we paced ourselves and stopped every so often for a break.
Mill Bluff and the other bluffs in the park are composed of sandstone that has been capped with a strong cement thus combating erosion to an extent. The bluffs also exist in an area of Wisconsin that escaped the glacier therefore allowing the prominent structures to continue to dominate the landscape. They truly create a majestic landscape especially with the fall foliage!
While the steep climb is worth it, do not underestimate the beauty of the nature hike around the bluff. I feel like this trail often gets overlooked as visitors race to see the view. We found the rustic trail to be pleasant and peaceful while affording us nice views of the fall colors sprouting all over.
Such a spectacular way to begin our day! I look forward to future hikes at Mill Bluff!
Things to know:
- In addition to Mill Bluff, other bluffs in the area are part of the park.
- The preserve has a campground adjacent to Mill Bluff. The campground is open late May through the last weekend of September.
- The normal season is Memorial Day through the last weekend of September. However, visitors can still hike in the off season and park along the street near the entrance.
- A Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker is required during the open season but not during off season.
- Since the park is part of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve, those with National Parks passports will have vehicle admission fees waived.