Kettle Moraine State Forest (Northern Unit)

Kettle Moraine State Forest (Northern Unit) consists of about 30,000 amazing acres of rolling hills, deep woods and open prairies. Scholars claim hobbits and elves don’t exist, but if there’s anywhere on this planet where they might hang out, this is it. The glacier’s effect on this land is over-the-top impressive and its striking features and wide diversity of plants and animals make this a uniquely cool spot to explore and play.

You’ll find a ton of year-round recreation options among these world-famous glacial landforms. There’s mountain biking, hiking and cross-country skiing on more than 150 miles of trails. You can swim off the beaches of Mauthe Lake and Long Lake, or climb the Parnell Tower for a high altitude view of this forest fantasy. There’s so dang many options, you’ll need to go to the Ice Age Visitor Center (it’s open all year) to learn all about the land, lakes and activities.

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