Mississippi Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 120' 37 m
Descent: -249' -76 m
High: 1,134' 346 m
Low: 968' 295 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
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“A rolling trail through Wyalusing timber, culminating in a nice view of the Mississippi River.”— Kenny Slocum
From the Homestead Picnic Area, the trail runs south along the ridge on a well-maintained wide dirt path. Running through large maple and oak trees provide significant shade, making this a nice escape on a hot summer day. The trail offers only a few teasing glimpses of the river until the very end - unless of course you're enjoying it before/after leaf out, wherein the Mississippi is in view throughout the trail.
The trail trends downhill with few sharp turns or steep climbs, and a few minor uphills are encountered. The southern terminus at Henninger Point offers a nice view of the river, but it's far from the nicest view available in Wyalusing.
On the return journey, if you're okay with a little pavement, take the road back to the Homestead Picnic Area. A slightly mellower grade has the added bonus of taking users past the Spook Hill mound group, a fantastic representation of the Native American burial and ceremonial mounds found in the area.
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Land Manager: Wisconsin DNR - Wyalusing State Park