This past Sunday, DH and I got in not one, but two hikes for our Go take a Hike! Sunday. I was pretty excited as we’d not hit the dirt for a while and I needed to get some dust on my hiking shoes.
DH and I have been working on hiking all fifty of the hikes listed in the book 50 Hikes in Wisconsin by John & Ellen Morgan. This weekend put us at 27 of 50 hikes completed from the book and we’ve yet to be disappointed with the jaunts the authors have outlined.
Sunday’s hikes included an easy 3.2 miles at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin, WI. The hike was easy (however, not wheelchair accessible) and takes you around Mallard Lake. The trail varies from wood chip to hard-packed dirt to pea gravel to boardwalk with minimal elevation changes.
The nature center on the property is geared more toward children (parents be prepared for cries of “Can I have it!?”), stocking lots of toys, games, books and hands-on experiments (for purchase) for the little (or big) ones. They have other displays as well from rocks to skeletons and a colony of bees. The only thing I found somewhat disappointing was that no trees or plants were labeled on the walk around the lake and while DH and I know many of our trees, signs would have been helpful.
I will happily recommend this hike to anyone who is able, as it’s quite easy. There is a lot of parking at the nature center, and while there is a charge of $3 to park there is no other fee to enjoy the area.