At 435 acres, New Glarus Woods State Park is a mid-state oasis. The land in this pawsome park was molded and formed by glacial activity thousands of years ago. When visiting, not only will your doggo get some puptastic exercise, they’ll see some of Wisconsin’s ancient geological history.
Four legged hikers will be pleased to know there are eight miles of trails that wander throughout the park. There are a few short trails for those with little time, but there are also some longer hikes that will give your pal a great workout. At 4.2 miles, the Havenridge Nature Trail is the park's longest hike. It is also a self-guided nature hike. Grab one of the informational brochures at the entrance station and follow along with the interpretive panels as you hike through the woods and open prairie. Your dog can learn something new while also getting in a bit of cardio. If your pooch has tons of energy to burn, hop on the spur trail. It takes you out of the park and connects to the 24 mile Sugar River State Trail.
If your furry friend is up for some camping, bring a tent and some sleeping bags and spend the night in one of the park’s campsites. There are sites available for tents and small RVs. For a more secluded spot, nab one of the walk-in sites that are a short distance from the parking lot. Restrooms and drinking water are available in the park. Unfurtunately, dogs are not allowed in the day use picnic area. So you and your pup will need to find another spot in the park to eat lunch.
As you’re out and about in the park, keep your eyes open for deer, squirrels, turkeys, and woodpeckers. Make sure your pup minds their manners around the wildlife. Don’t forget to bring some clean up bags and pick up after your pup. Above all else, enjoy spending time with your pal in such a beautiful setting!