New Glarus Woods State Park
Faced with involuntary servitude this fall, Julia and I escaped to a nearby state park last week for a few days.
New Glarus Woods is about 30 minutes south of Madison, Wisconsin. It’s a small park with a rustic campground ($15 per night).
The park has several assets: a great 5 mile nature trail, a beautiful restored prairie, and a bike/footpath into the nearby town of New Glarus (a tourist destination with Swiss themes).
|Good thing it’s plastic|
|Someone tell Callie that it isn’t real|
On the negative side, the park was poorly maintained during our visit. There was lots of trash in the parking lots and some at our campsite. A broken water spigot was left running all night. State park staff drive through without picking up or making repairs. Not their job I guess.
There are no electrical hookups. Sites are very wooded, making solar a game of catching a few rays by moving ones solar panels frequently. Generators are not allowed in Wisconsin State Parks.
Nevertheless, we made the best of things. We did lots of hiking. Julia kayaked the Sugar River. We picked up Amish baked goods and vegetables at a local farmer’s market, and we took in a wine tasting and appetizers at the local brewery/winery/distillery in nearby Monroe.
We had campfires every night, and it was a welcome respite, ahead of a possibly challenging fall for our family.
I’m going to squeeze in one more late summer trip while I still can.