The park is on the smaller side with only one main parking lot (camping is available here too but is small & crowded for my likings). I started on the Basswood Nature Trail ner the playground.
Most of the trails here are of the “nature trail” variety containing small placards along the way explaining different natural features & wildlife.
Trails are very typical of springtime in Wisconsin – green, lush, overgrown. For me these are difficult to photograph because it usually turns into a large green blob on the camera. Still beautiful though.
I made a big loop around via Basswood > Chattermark > Havenridge > Vista. At the spot where the Vista trail outlets it abuts to private property. Appears the owners have a sense of humor as shown by a skeleton in a tree stand with the sign “Last Illegal Hunter”.
Vista Trail turns into the Bison Nature Trail and quickly shifts from dense oak forest to open prairie grasslands.
June is a good time to spot butterflies such as this Red Admiral (though this little guy has somewhat damaged wings).
A large swinging bench sits at the bottom point of the Bison Nature Trail giving hikers a place to sit & enjoy the views.
The main obstacle today was muddy & flooded trails as the grasslands sit much lower close to the creek at the north end.
Trails continue to the south side of the park but things were too wet for me today – I would rather visit again later when it dries out so as not to damage the trails this time.
Didn’t hike everything on this trip, just a nice short walk. Overall it’s very easy going here with only a few sections that have elevation gain. Autumn here would be spectacular.Lat = 42.7870407 , Long = -89.6308289 -- Show at Google Maps