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Hiking at Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area

There are 5 miles of trails at the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area that offer hiking through woodlots, planted prairies and onto the marsh. Trails are all of easy grade, and relatively flat but are unsurfaced. Surface material is mowed grass and gravel and is not readily accessible by wheelchair or stroller. The boardwalk is accessible by wheelchair or stroller.

Hiking map [PDF]

These trails, all named after local residents of storied history, will take you through the three main habitats of Wisconsin: wetlands, woodlands and grasslands. Here you will have a chance to listen to the wind blowing through the cattails, the songs of the sparrows and the honks of the Mississippi Flyway geese. Explore the Horicon Marsh as the ancient ones of this region did — on foot.

The Trail Loops

  • Quick's Point Loop — 1.9 miles
  • Indermuehle Island Loop — 0.8 miles
  • Bachhuber Loop — 2.3 miles
  • Boardwalk — .25 miles

Trail uses and opportunities

  • Hiking trails are open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. for year-round use.
  • The only activities allowed on these fragile nature trails are hiking and cross-country skiing (groomed for skiing by volunteers).
  • No vehicles are allowed on trails, except for maintenance activities.
  • You may bring along your dog, but it must be on an 8-foot leash and under your control at all times. Please clean up after your dog.

Trail restrictions

  • Canoeing or fishing on the impoundments is not allowed.
  • Please stay on marked trails and follow all posted signs.
  • Hunting is allowed only in designated locations [PDF] and during designated seasons.
  • Please keep our trails looking nice. Carry out all trash you or your pets generate.
  • Please do not feed the wildlife

The Horicon Habitat Hike

This trail is also marked with interpretive signs to introduce visitors to a variety of habitats and common wildlife of the area. A total of 26 signs introduce visitors to woodland, wetland and grassland habitats and their management. This trail offers easy walking and is surfaced with wood chips, mowed grass and gravel.

A favorite portion of the trail is the walk around the Goose Pond. This area follows a dike, constructed to flood the pond and provide enhanced wildlife habitat. It offers excellent wildlife viewing of the surrounding wetland.

Wildlife viewing area

For those unable to hike the trails, there is a wonderful observation deck at the DNR Field Station. This deck is located on the highest point on this part of the marsh and provides a spectacular view of Horicon Marsh. Through generous donations, a large pair of binoculars has been mounted on the deck for wildlife observation. Interpretive signs are also located here to tell the story of the marsh's glacial geology and human history. This is also the site where most public naturalist programs begin.