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Description - Located in Southeast Wisconsin, New Glarus Woods State Park encompasses 350 acres near the Sugar River State Trail. Highway NN bisects the park once known as the "Old Lead Road," a famed trade route that began as a route used by the Winnebago Indians traveling to the Great Lakes.

The park's terrain is comprised of a dense ridgeline and valleys where oak, hickory, elm, and black walnut dominate. The understory is a rich blend of botanicals that include ferns, wildflowers and berry bushes. The undisturbed habitat of New Glarus Woods attracts marvelous bird life. Commonly seen year-round residents include cardinals, woodpeckers, nuthatches, and chickadees. Summer migrants include stunning visuals such as scarlet tanagers, orioles, vireos, red-headed woodpeckers, and several species of thrush.

Attractions - Visitors to New Glarus Woods State Park will find a quiet park where relaxing reigns as the favorite pastime. Campers find drive-in or hike-in campsites of quiet solitude. Camping is divided into three sections: family, group, and primitive, yet none of the camp areas offer electric hookups or hot showers. Firewood is available for sale. Sites accommodate small to large RVs. Fourteen primitive campsites are designed for mountain bikers. Camping reservations are available online or by calling a toll-free reservation number. Contact information is listed below.

A popular picnic grove features tables and grills, children's play area, volleyball court, drinking water, and pit toilets. Hiking trails are easily accessed from the picnic grove. The Basswood Trail is an interpretive loop hike ideal after that outdoor meal. The 4-mile Havenridge Trail is an interpretive trail as well with an accompanying booklet associated with 36 learning stations that give insight to the area's natural and cultural history.

Nearby attractions include the state's Sugar River Trail, a 23-mile multi-use trail between New Glarus and Brodhead (part of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail), and the Swiss Historical Village where visitors learn how and why Swiss immigrants settled the region in the mid 19th century.

Recreation - New Glarus Woods State Park offers its visitors an opportunity to camp, hike, nature study, picnic, and enjoy the nearby Swiss Historical Village.

Climate - Southeast Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. January's average temperature is above 16 degrees F (-9 degrees C). Average July temperature is 85 degrees F (29 degrees C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F (32 degrees C). The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 32-34". Annual snowfalls in the Southeast Region can range from 20 - 50". Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.

Location - The park is located several miles south of New Glarus off WI 69.

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Filed By: Tony Wieser
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Walked Havenridge just before Christmas 2002, and saw 2 large white tailed deer and a large owl on the north side of the park. It was a crisp frosty morning, the trail was in good condition. Good views of the town to the north as well. A pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. Also, it's possible to walk back into New Glarus from the woods along a paved trail. Highly recommended.

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Contact Information:
New Glarus Woods State Park, W5446, County Trunk Highway NN , New Glarus, WI, 53574, Phone: 608-527-2335

Additional Information:
Southeast Wisconsin - Nestled among the dense population of Southeast Wisconsin are a dozen state parks, two fabulously wildlife-rich national refuges, vast state forestlands, and hundreds of miles of multi-use trails.
Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas & Trails - Wisconsin showcases 86 state park system properties offering visitors an opportunity to hike, camp, swim, fish, and simply relax.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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