Whitefish Dunes State Park has a number of intersecting trails that offer a diverse cross section of ecosystems. The Black Trail shares a portion of its length with the Brachiopod Trail, taking hikers from a rocky shoreline with a glimpse of the water to dense hardwood forests. This is an excellent hike for beginners because the paths are mostly flat, with some gentle elevation changes, and there’s a shorter loop built in at the trail’s halfway point. The trail also briefly intersects with Cave Point County Park.
Where: Whitefish Dunes State Park
Size: 2.5 miles
Highlights: Some of the path stretches through land surrounded by dead trees, which makes it a perfect setting for spotting woodpeckers and the holes they’ve made.
Learn more and get directions: dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/whitefish