We Talked Local Hikes and Trails With a Wisconsin Travel Writer

“With the abundance of state parks with really good hiking systems in it, and even Milwaukee with a lot of good city parks, you’ve got more than you could hope for.”

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Wisconsin travel writer Kevin Revolinski joined Milwaukee Magazine Editor and Publisher Carole Nicksin for a livestream lunch Wednesday.

Revolinski, author of Best Hikes Milwaukee, Hiking Wisconsin and several other books, talked about opportunities for Milwaukeeans to step into the great outdoors during this time of social distancing.

Revolinski said Wisconsin has a lot to offer hikers, and he expects state parks to be especially busy this Memorial Day weekend.

“I think Wisconsin’s fantastic,” Revolinski said. “With the abundance of state parks with really good hiking systems in it, and even Milwaukee with a lot of good city parks, you’ve got more than you could hope for.” 

Revolinski suggested the Ice Age Trail, sections of which are within an hour’s drive of Milwaukee, as well as the Kettle Moraine State Forest, which is also not far from the city. Within this forest, Lapham Peak has some paved trails for wheelchairs and strollers. 

A little farther afield, the Badger State Trail is a popular rail trail — a disused railway converted into a walking and biking path — that runs from Madison to the Illinois state line. 

Once camping restrictions are lifted, Revolinski also recommends checking out dark-sky preserves like Newport State Park, which has minimal light pollution and affords a beautiful view of the stars. 

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Elizabeth Johnson is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine and a journalism major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.