Thursday, July 11, 2013

Devil's Lake State Park - Outside Baraboo, WI

Devil's Lake State Park is the busiest state park in Wisconsin and is located about 35 miles northwest of Madison, WI and about 27 miles from where we were staying in La Valle, WI on Redstone Lake.

They had an old lodge that served as the Visitor Center North Shore.  We got a map that showed a lot of hiking trails.
The Visitor's Center was small but had displays on two floors and was quite interesting.  There were items showing the fish, the plants, the mountain topography and the animals in the park.
Often times I am walking around and wonder, "what kind of plant is that?  or tree?  or bird?  - the Visitor Center was great to get that kind of information.

We picked our trail and got started.  We knew it was going to be a bit of a climb and we picked one that was not going to be too much for us since we hadn't been hiking in a while.
The 3.4 mile East Bluff Trail was perfect.

We left the lake and soon were up around the mountain looking down on it.
 The trail was well marked and had plenty of scenic places to take pictures.
 It was a mix of uphill and level but was not too tough.
There were four or five trails in the area so it was good to have a map display to make sure we were on course.
 The outcroppings were picturesque.
 We had plenty of rest stops and photo ops.
Tom recounted many times visiting here when he was growing up and enjoyed the fishing in all kinds of weather.
We had to get a picture at Balanced Rock.

I wonder how many places have a Balanced Rock?  We have run in to quite a few and now can add this to our list.

It was a beautiful day for a hike and we thoroughly enjoyed it with Tom and Cathy.

Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!