Outdoor Recreation in Richland County WI
Richland County has some outstanding biking trails for every level of ability and challenge. The Pine River Recreation Trail is a scenic trail following the Pine River from Richland Center to Lone Rock, spanning 14.3 miles. It is constructed of asphalt in the city and of well-compacted crushed limestone in the county. Ride over 15 bridges with spans up to 240 feet. The trail includes 4 ecosystems and longest curved bridge in WI. The trail is for hiking, biking, and snowmobiling. There is no fee to use the trail. The trail is maintained by the City of Richland Center and by Richland County. There are also 10 recommended Richland County Bike Loops, ready for you to explore. Choose your distance and route to enjoy the day. Take the challenge of the Ocooch Mountain Fall Bike Tour in September including a steep 400-foot climb, but also featuring shorter 12 and 35 mile loops. Call Symons Recreation Center at 608-647-8522 for more information on the Bike Tour.
The Miner Hill Trail offers a scenic hike overlooking Richland Center with several picnic areas. Other trails to explore on foot include the Pine River Recreation Trail , Richland County Community Forest Trail and the UW-Richland Wellness Trail.
Residents and visitors enjoy fishing all year round. There are 267 miles of Class I and Class II Trout Streams in Richland County. Whether you enjoy fly-fishing, rod-casting, shore fishing or ice fishing this is the place. There are ample opportunities for anglers in Richland County. Link to more Outdoor Recreation resources.
Richland County is a hunter's paradise with turkey, pheasant, and white-tail deer in abundance here, as well as other small game. If you are a hunter, you will feel right at home here no matter what season. Click here for valuable resources and your link to the Outdoors in Richland County WI.
Canoeing and kayaking
Canoeing and kayaking is great fun on the Pine River as it winds through valleys, under a natural bridge, and boasts scenic views of bluffs and lowlands. Nearby waterways include the lower Wisconsin River which is large, relatively swift-moving, and surrounded by hidden backwaters. The Kickapoo River is famous for its winding course and a favorite of paddlers. Visit the Travel Wisconsin website for more canoeing and kayaking information.
Bird watching and photography
Eagles, ducks, cranes and a wide variety of song and game birds thrive in the Richland County landscape. You will also find interesting plants and wildlife as you explore the area. Bring binoculars, identification books, and a good telephoto lens on your camera. Visit the Travel Wisconsin website for more bird watching and nature photography information.
Richland County offers 134 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. There is a sanctioned race held at the fairgrounds during the first months of the year. Get your gear, download a Snowmobile Trail Map, check the trail report and hit the trails for some fun in the snow.
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