Go, See, Explore: Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area

One of my favorite things about 2020 was that it prompted my family to look for more outdoor activities, hikes and adventures. One of our very first hikes was at Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area in Lodi, WI.

Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area
Gibraltar Rock Rd, Lodi, WI

Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area is about is 68 acres in size, and is located on the 1,000-mile-long Ice Age Trail. The Gibraltar bluff stands 1,234 feet above sea level; and 200 feet above the surrounding landscape, Gibraltar Rock is a flat-topped butte. The butte offers panoramic views of the Wisconsin River Valley and Lake Wisconsin. There are miles of rolling hills and farmland spread out to the south and east while Lake Wisconsin and the Baraboo range are to the north. It’s one of the most beautiful vistas in the area.

Once you reach the butte, you will want to watch your kids very closely, as there is no rail to prevent a fall. When we were at the pinnacle, I sort of helicoptered them and reminded them multiple times to be careful (my husband on the other hand was more trusting of the kids)… but just a note of caution for those with young kids.

Visitors park at the base of Gibraltar rock then hike up up the Ice Age Trail to the top of the bluff. The five of us (and our dog) were able to navigate this without too much trouble. My kids were 6, 6, and 7 at the time.

Alisa was born and raised in Iowa before attending Arizona State University. She then lived in Chicago, Georgia and Florida before settling in Madison. From her nomadic lifestyle grew a love for the beach, as well as a fondness for spicy food, sushi, white wine, southern charm, Diamondbacks baseball and idyllic ocean sunsets. Alisa and her husband, Joe, are parents to Ava Mae (August 2012) and twins, Nora & Jacob (March 2014). Alisa is a work-from-home mompreneur with a passion for business, fashion, fitness, community and all things mom. When she’s not enjoying time at home with her family, you can find her sweating it out on the tennis court, training for the next big race, pinning her heart out on Pinterest and exploring Madison with her little ones (and sweet Boston Terrier, Peaches) in tow.

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