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Wyalusing State Park, Bagley

#26 of 57 in Nature in Wisconsin
Wyalusing State Park is a 2628acre Wisconsin state park at the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers in the town of Wyalusing, just south of Prairie du Chien. Wyalusing means "home of the warrior" in the Lenape language spoken by Munsee-Delaware Indians who settled in the area in the 19th century after being displaced from farther east. 500ft bluffs dotted with prehistoric Indian mounds look out over the river valleys. Two park resources have been recognized nationally: the Wyalusing Hardwood Forest is a National Natural Landmark and the Wyalusing State Park Mounds Archaeological District is on the National Register of Historic Places.GeologyThe park is in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, a portion of territory that remained ice free during the last ice age, while land to the east and west was crushed by glaciers. The high bluffs along the Mississippi River and the large deep canyon of the Wisconsin River are evidence of glacial meltwaters reshaping this region.
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  • We spend a half day hiking the trails that are well marked and for the most part well maintained. You are out in nature after all so the trails get word by use, weather and falling debris.  more »
  • We were in the area for a foraging workshop in the area... this is a beautiful park with lots of wildlife and plants to see. Highly recommend it for anyone visiting the area.  more »
  • This year marked 100yrs of Wyalusing State Park and they don't make parks like this anymore. My son and I arrived at noon and grabbed one of the non-reservable sites on Wisconsin Ridge - overlooking t...  more »
  • This is a beautiful state park. We camped in the Homestead campground and the sites are very wooded giving you some privacy from the neighboring sites. The main bathrooms and shower in Homestead are under construction, which is the only reason for only giving 4 stars. There are still plenty of pit toilets nearby and the shower/washrooms in the Ridge campsites is one of the nicest camp showers I have seen, it is just a bit far from the Homestead sites. There are plenty of hiking trails to see with beautiful scenery and canoe/kayak rental on site. We will definitely be coming back.
  • Beautiful. Must stop if close by. They have a $5.00 one hour deal when we were there. We did that. If you don't hike around, you can drive to all areas including beach, take pictures and leave in one hour. Stop at observatory last if time so you manage the hour. If you are hiking or interested in observatory pay for longer time.
  • We stayed in the group camping tent area, and found the park to be very well maintained, beautiful and we'll definitely come back again. The hikes along the bluffs offer spectacular views over the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers. The RV camping area has clean, modern showers and toilets. The kids enjoyed the play ground and I enjoyed being out of cell phone contact.
  • We go in the off season when you can camp so far from your nearest neighbor, you don't know they're there. No joke, this place has a magical quality that words can't describe.
  • Can't say enough about this lovely park. Awesome views everywhere you go! Clean bathrooms with plenty of stalls. Shower rooms also plentiful. Hiking is gorgeous. Some trails are tough. Really nice playground. No beach, but there is a public beach on the Mississippi just 3 miles from the park.

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