Blue Mound State Park

by Jonathon Ringdahl*
Perched atop the highest point in southern Wisconsin, Blue Mound State Park offers spectacular views and uniqueLocationgeological features. A swimming pool is available in during summer. Over 20 miles of scenic hiking, off-road biking, and cross-country ski trails, as well as a family campground, access to the Military Ridge State Trail with bike-in campsites, and a rustic cabin for people with disabilities make Blue Mound a popular destination year-round.
I remember visiting Blue Mound State Park on a rainy and cloudy day. It did nothing to diminish our enjoyment of the park. Blue Mound has not one but two observation towers. My parents and I scampered up both of them despite the rain. The view was still awesome even with the visibility being reduced a little by the cloud cover. There may have been a little singing and perhaps some dancing in the rain on top of the towers.
There is so much to do at Blue Mound that makes me want to come again for another visit. I want to see the viewbluemound from the towers on a clear day. Blue Mound is also the only state park with a swimming pool. The park also offers an impressive trail network. It is readily apparent just by looking at the map. There is a connection to the Military Ridge State Trail as well. There is a bike- and hike-only campground on the connection trail as well. I always enjoy those campgrounds. They offer a different experience for those willing to give them a try. Blue Mound has winter camping too for the really adventurous out there.
Friends of Blue Mound State Park
***** Jonathon Ringdahl visited all of Wisconsin’s 64 State Parks, State Forests, and recreational areas in 2012. This is another in a series of articles he is writing for the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. Opinions expressed in this blog are the author’s.