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Walking Trails of Southern Wisconsin
Second Edition
Bob Crawford

A North Coast Book

Take a walk on the wild side with the completely updated version of this popular guide. Now includes walking trails in 17 counties

This edition now includes coverage of Lafayette and Vernon counties, plus new information on more trails, including ones at Avoca Prairie Savanna State Natural Area, Wildcat Mountain State Park, and Blackhawk Lake Recreational Area. Author Bob Crawford has also revised eleven trail maps in nine counties and updated material throughout the book, which now describes more than 150 trails at more than sixty locations.

These trails wind across southern Wisconsin—into forests and along shores, over glacial formations and around Native American earthworks—and showcase some of the most beautiful and interesting walking trails in the nation. Walking Trails of Southern Wisconsin  retains its handy, pocket-sized format plus all the other features that made the first edition so successful:

  • details about routes and terrain plus geographical, biological, or historical features of interest
  • regulations including open days and hours, and rules regarding dogs, trail bikes, cross-country skiing, and other activities
  • information about available restrooms, drinking water, nature centers, and other facilities at the site
  • a description assessing degree of difficulty—slope, width, maintenance, and other such factors—and a helpful rating of "walkability" on a scale from 1 to 5

Crawford also provides information about nearby parks, preserves, glacial formations, historical sites, tourist attractions, and other points of interest for those who want to turn a hike into a day trip or weekend outing. Staying fit was never so easy nor so much fun.

"Crawford has tramped hundreds of miles to explore many of Wisconsin's most scenic footpaths, paving the way for others to benefit from his experiences."—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

See Bob Crawford's other book Walking Trails of Eastern and Central Wisconsin.

Bob Crawford has walked for exercise for many years. Raised in Portage, Wisconsin, he has retired from a career in publishing and communications and lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

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cover of Crawford is a photo of hikers on a Wisconsin trail in Autumn, superimposed on a Wisconsin map.

May 2000

280 pp.   4 1/2 x 7   56 maps

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