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Perrot State Park, Trempealeau

#22 of 57 in Nature in Wisconsin
Perrot State Park is a state park in Wisconsin's Driftless Area at the confluence of the Trempealeau and Mississippi rivers. The 1270acre park features spectacular views of steep limestone bluffs and the river valleys. It offers observation platforms for watching wildlife, especially the great variety of birds which inhabit or migrate through the park. Hiking trails and camping are available. Mountain bike trails penetrate deep inside the park.The park protects two State Natural Areas including Brady's Bluff Prairie and Trempealeau Mountain, a cone-shaped mountain surrounded by water. The Native Americans of the area traditionally considered the mountain sacred and used it as a landmark for meetings. Some earthwork mounds made by ancient Native American cultures are located in the park.This facility protects the site of one of the earliest encampments by European explorers in the upper Mississippi. The park is named for Nicolas Perrot, a French explorer who was the first to write about the area.Images
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  • We did the Brady’s Bluff hike and the hike along the river. Both were nice but the view from the top of Brady’s Bluff is not to be missed. We started on the east side and ended on the west and it took...  more »
  • I chose to stay at Perrot State Park because I had never stayed there before and I was traveling on 35, enjoying the fall colors. The sites are nice, the showers are ok at best and the drive through t...  more »
  • Great park...nice sites and showers. The only thing is that you can feel the effects of Scott Walker’s budget cuts on the park. Great River Bluffs Park on the Minnesota side is much better kept. Also,...  more »
  • We camped there last July with the kids (3 and 1 years old). The park has a lot to offer. The tent campsite was very clean and quiet. We rented a canoe and went to the river and it was fabulous. It is one of our favorite state parks to camp and recommend it for sure.
  • Absolutely beautiful park on the banks of the Mississippi River. This park has a number of great hiking trails with incredible views of the river and surrounding bluffs. There are also great biking opportunities in and near the park. It truly lives up to its reputation as "God's Country."
  • 11 Miles of hiking up and down beautiful bluffs, plentiful blooming flowers and fungi, identifiable from the pamphlet purchased at the park headquarters amongst many other very educational and informative pamphlets. I was lucky enough to have attended the Full Moon Kayak Nature Hike, hosted by Naturalist John who also did free kayaking lessons beforehand, and was privileged to have experienced the calling of Barred Owls which then had a "Hooting-Out." Amidst being immersed in all the beauty Perrot State Park has to offer I was further enriched by the deep and dated historical significance of Trempealeau Mountain. Only gripe is the closeness of the actual campsites, being able to easily overhear conversations and the less than private enclosure of the campgrounds. All in all a fulfilling, educational, compelling state park to traverse. Also keep an eye out for the Bat Family occupying the shelter atop Brady's Bluff! Look Hard!
  • Excellent hiking for multiple skill levels, featuring walks along the water, educational nature trails, and standard hiking fare. If you enjoy the outdoors, there's plenty here. They also have camping and canoe rentals for a nice paddle out in Trempealeau Bay.
  • Absolutely beautiful. Great place to camp, hike, canoe. Gorgeous scenery from the canoe or from the high bluffs overlooking the Mississippi and Trempeleau rivers. Next time we'll bring our bikes to see even more of the area.

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