Go, See, Explore: Blue Mound State Park

The fall air is starting to creep in and we are absolutely loving it. We try our best to take full advantage of great weather because temperatures can change on a dime. We knew it was prime time to finally visit Blue Mound State Park. To our surprise, the park was only 25 minutes away. Ready for some fall exploration, we set out for some outdoor fun.

Blue Mound State Park Location + Hours

4350 Mounds Park Rd.
Blue Mounds, WI 53517

Hours: 6am-11pm, year round

We arrived to Blue Mound State Park around 2pm on a Sunday afternoon and the weather was a perfect 69 degrees. When visiting, you’ll first need to stop at the main gate/information center to grab your daily admission sticker for your vehicle. Daily passes are available at the window and annual stickers can be purchased online.

Fees

A vehicle admission sticker is required. Annual passes can be purchased here.

Daily passes for WI Plates are $8 Out of State Plates are $11.

Trails

The first thing that stood out to us was that this particular state park wasn’t crowded at all. The only time we ran into other families was at the beginning of our trail and at the very end. If you’re looking for a quiet place to hike, you should definitely come for a visit. Blue Mound State park has nine various trails to enjoy. There are so many gorgeous views that I could easily see us coming here pretty often for more.

You can find plenty of picnic areas for you and your family to enjoy especially the ones near the scenic overlook at the top of the park. There is a huge open field that is great for letting the kids run free in. Blue Mound has opportunities for biking, camping, and many winter activities as well. During the summer you can enjoy their swimming pool and splash pad area.

My husband had our map and we started making our way onto the Flint Rock Trail. This self guided trail is around 1.3 miles long as it highlights the history of the Blue Mound area. Our kids loved looking at each marker as some had instructions on things to look for in certain areas.

This trail started very rocky with many steep stairs along the way. You’ll want to leave the stroller behind and bring a kids carrier instead for the little ones as well as a backpack for your items.

Once we got through, the path led us to a wider and well groomed trail. The leaves were starting to turn and there was so much gorgeous nature to take in the entire way. Our little ones picked various leaves while constantly reminding us that it’s almost fall. As we looped around, we climbed the steps that took us all the way back up to the top.

Our hope is that the towers that overlook the park will be open soon again for everyone to enjoy. Overall, we had a very pleasant experience at Blue Mound State Park. We plan to try the Indian Marker Tree Trail on our next visit when the leaves really start to change colors. If you’re looking for a new hiking or biking spot, we definitely think you’d enjoy this beautiful state park.

 

 

Jacqui'
Jacqui' is a stay at home mom to two curly boys. Her background is in culinary arts and childcare. She is a Robert Morris University alumni with a degree in culinary arts. She helped to open a restaurant in Bozeman Montana and then ran a daycare for three years before moving back to the Midwest. Jacqui' enjoys cooking delicious meals as well as planning parties, exploring new trails, and running her blog mymodernmom.com. You can also find her on Instagram @jacqui_rubsam

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