Rib Mountain State Park definitely has something to brag about. It rests on the billion year old Rib Mountain, one of the oldest geographical locations on earth. That’s woofin’ impressive! Not only is this place a geological wonder, it’s a great spot to spend some time with your furry friend.
Over 13 miles of hiking trails can be found inside of Rib Mountain State Park, eight miles of which are ADA accessible and completely paved. Hit a trail or two so your pup can get the lay of the land. If your pooch is a rock hound, start with the Blue Trail. It features puptacular rock formations that are worth checking out. The Quarry and Turkey Vulture Trails both pass an old quartzite quarry. During the summer, turkey vultures roost in this area, so keep an eye open for these feathered friends.
The Red Trail travels through a couple forests with a variety of trees including hardwoods, birch, and maple. For a bit of history, opt for the Homestead Loop. As you wander down this trail, look for the remains of a 1890s homestead. If your pup is full of energy and up for a challenge, the Yellow Trail is the pawfect choice. It travels down the south slope into a furrific maple forest. Benches are located along the trails, so paws for a water break every once in a while and let your pup enjoy the scenery.
As with all Wisconsin state parks, pets are not allowed in the picnic areas or pavilions. You and your pal can eat lunch while on the trails or find another spot in the park. Be sure to have plenty of water on hand, especially when hiking. Restrooms are located throughout the park. Make no mistake; your doggo will go mutts over this pawsome park!