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View of golf course

Wild Rock Golf Club At The Wilderness Territory, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., is minutes from the Inn at Wawanissee Point.

The Area

Many Opportunities For Fun And Adventure

Hike to Devil's Doorway at Devil's Lake State Park near the Inn at Wawanissee Point bed-and-breakfast

Miles of public and private hiking trails at Baraboo, Wisconsin bed-and-breakfast near Devil's Lake State Park.

Miles of trails abound for adventurous and casual hikers, beginning at the Inn at Wawanisee Point and within five minutes of the Inn. Featured here is Devil's Lake State Park's east bluff trail entrance.

Inn at Wawanissee Point guests can experience Trappers Turn Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells

Trappers Turn Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., is another championship golf course a short drive from our bed and breakfast.

Enjoy Wollersheim Winery's wines at the Inn at Wawanissee Point bed and breakfast in the Baraboo Bluffs

The vineyards at Wollersheim Winery, Prairie du Sac, Wis., overlook the Lake Wisconsin valley and Baraboo Bluffs. Enjoy their wines at the Inn at Wawanissee Point's wine-and-cheese hour.

Mirror Lake State Park is minutes from the Inn at Wawanissee Point bed and breakfast

Natural beauty and recreation await you at Mirror Lake State Park between the Inn at Wawanissee Point and Wisconsin Dells.

Pewit's Nest State Natural Area is near Baraboo, Wisconsin bed and breakfast

Rock climbing at Devil's Lake State Park near Baraboo bed and breakfast

Devil's Lake State Park is adjacent secluded Baraboo, Wisconsin B & B

Great places to canoe and paddle around Devil's Lake State Park bed and breakfast

A year-round destination Mecca is where the Inn at Wawanissee Point is situated. Sauk County, Wisconsin, is rich with scenic natural resources and agricultural heritage. Its bustling, small communities and picturesque countryside house numerous, nationally renown features and offer opportunities for everyone in all seasons.

Whether you enjoy nature and outdoor sports, history, art, theatre, family amusements, water parks or scenic drives, you'll find peaceful and eventful enjoyment from the Inn's estate to within an easy hour's drive.

To the east of our bed-and-breakfast inn are Devil's Head Resort and Cascade Mountain, south are Parfrey's Glen and Lake Wisconsin, to the west lies Devil's Lake State Park, and north you'll find Baraboo, Ho-Chunk Casino and Bingo, and Wisconsin Dells, and much more.

Area Information

Sightseeing Recommendations From Your Experienced Innkeepers

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  • Agri-tourism: Apple orchards, Amish communities, corn maze, county fairs, farmers' markets, Reedsburg Butter Festival, Warrens Cranberry Festival and more.

  • Art, Antiques, Music & Theatre: Art galleries, Fall Art Tour, Fine Art Festival, local artesian studios, antique shops, Concerts on the Square, American Players Theatre, historic Al. Ringling Theatre drama and music performances, live performances by national musicians of many genres, etc.

  • At The Inn: Hiking, snowshoeing, bird-watching, relaxing on the vista terrace with a campfire, swaying in the hammock with a book or daydreaming, strolling the gardens and more.

  • Attractions: Circus World Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, H. H. Bennett Studio And History Center, International Crane Foundation, Mid-Continent Railway Museum, Ho Chunk Casino, Merrimac Ferry, House On The Rock, Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue & Educational Center, Wisconsin's State Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin Dells' attractions, amusements, rides and water parks, etc.

  • Bird-watching: Aldo Leopold Foundation and Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area, Eagle watching in Baraboo and Sauk Prairie, Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail-Southern Savanna Region, International Crane Foundation, Riverland Conservancy-Merrimac Preserve and several state natural areas and The Nature Conservancy Natural Areas of the Baraboo Hills.

  • Cheese and Wine: Carr Valley Cheese, Cedar Grove Cheese Factory, Wollersheim Winery, Downtown Baraboo Wine Walk & Shop.

  • Events: Spring and Fall Craft Fair On The Square, Concerts on the Square, Fine Art Festival, Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw, Wo-Zha-Wa Days Fall Festival, Holly Jolly Light Parade, Bald Eagle Watching Days, to name a few.

  • Historic Sites: Al. Ringling Theatre, Circus World Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, H. H. Bennett Studio And History Center, Man Mound Park, Mid-Continent Railway Museum, Pioneer Log Village and Museum, Sauk County Historical Society's Museum and more.

  • Nature, Parks And Wildlife: Devil's Lake State Park, Riverland Conservancy-Merrimac Preserve, Parfrey's Glen and other state natural areas, Ice Age Trail, Natural Bridge State Park, Mirror Lake State Park, county parks, International Crane Foundation, Aldo Leopold Foundation, The Nature Conservancy Natural Areas of the Baraboo Hills, bald eagle watching in Baraboo and Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin 400 State Trail and the Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue & Educational Center.

  • Outdoor Sports: Mountain and road bicycling, hiking, hunting, rock climbing, boating, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, diving/snorkeling, golfing, horseback riding, etc.

  • Scenic Drives, Rustic Roads and Boat Tours: Wisconsin Dells Boat Tours, Wisconsin Dells Ducks, Amish communities, etc.

  • Shopping: Specialty stores, gift shops, art galleries and antiques in historic downtown Baraboo, Reedsburg and Wisconsin Dells, Tanger Outlet Mall in Wisconsin Dells and more.

  • Winter Activities: Cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sledding, tubing and more.

Agri-tourism

Discover Sauk County's rich, rural culture and agricultural heritage.

  • Apple Orchards

    • Held's Orchard, LaValle, Wis. Apples, cider, pumpkins, other produce. Phone: 608-985-7228

    • Ski-Hi Fruit Farm, Baraboo, Wis., six miles west of the Inn at Wawanissee Point. 30 apple varieties, caramel apples, pies, cider, pumpkins and more with a fantastic northern vista. Open August-November. Phone: 608-356-3695.

    • Wisconsin Apple Growers Association's list of orchards

  • Amish Communities

    Drive highway 33 west of Reedsburg, Wis., (northwest of the Inn about 30 minutes) in Sauk County to Cashton, Wis., in Vernon County, through scenic valleys and encounter Amish settlements, and some shops with crafts and goods, along the way, plus Wildcat Mountain State Park.

    Drive highway 33 east of Portage, Wis., (northeast of the Inn about 20 minutes), then north on highway 22 and northeast on highway EE to where Columbia, Marquette and Green Lake counties converge, ending in Dalton, Wis. Visit Amish settlements including general stores, woodworking shops, saw mills, bakeries and more.

    Badger Steam and Gas Engine Show, antique farm equipment, third weekend in August between Baraboo and Reedsburg.

    Cheese and Wine, see its section further down.

    Treinen Farm Corn Maze And Pumpkin Patch, Lodi, Wis., with horse-drawn hayrides to the 13-acre pumpkin patch.

  • County Fairs: Sauk County Fair, Columbia County Fair, Dane County Fair, Richland County Fair

  • Farmers' Markets: Baraboo's on Wednesdays and Saturdays and Sauk Prairie's on Saturdays are minutes from the Inn. Dane County Farmers' Market, the largest producer-only farmers' market in the country, is 50 minutes from the Inn and is year-round.

  • Warrens Cranberry Festival

Art, Antiques, Music & Theatre

Sauk County is full of cultures, including a robust array of visual and performing art venues and events a short drive from the Inn at Wawanissee Point. Here are highlights; ask the innkeepers for more options.

  • Art

  • Antiques

  • Music & Theatre

    • Al. Ringling Theatre, Baraboo, Wis. Visit a historic theatre designed in the style of grand French opera houses built in 1915 by Al. Ringling. Movies still flicker across the big screen, and national and international musical groups and local theatre groups perform on the stage. Tours by special request.

    • American Players Theatre, June-October, Spring Green, Wis. Professional, classic plays, five performed in an outdoor amphitheater and three indoors.

    • Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

    • Concerts on the Square, Thursday evenings June-August, Baraboo, Wis.

    • River Arts Center, Prairie du Sac, Wis. Performing and visual arts.

Attractions

  • Circus World Museum, Baraboo, Wis. Circus performances, history museum, circus wagon collection and exhibits at the original winter quarters of the Ringling Bros. Circus. Acrobats, aerialists, tigers, jugglers, magic shows, elephants, clowns and more, indoor and outdoor. Open daily May-September, performance season Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission fee.

    Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, Bookstore and Café, Spring Green, Wis. The Taliesin estate including Hillside School and other buildings. Open daily May-October, limited hours in April and November. Guided tours only, reservations strongly recommended, two weeks in advance during mid June through Labor Day. Admission fee.

    H. H. Bennett Studio and History Center, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Henry Hamilton Bennett (1843-1908) was an inventive photojournalist and historian who made Wisconsin Dells famous by using pioneering technology and his exceptional composition skills to create stereoscopic views of the Dells from the Wisconsin River. He is considered one of the best landscape photographers of the 19th century. Visit his second studio, built in 1875, believed to be the oldest operating photography studio in the United States and view his original work, equipment and inventions. See the Dells of the past in stunning 3-D. Open daily May-October. Admission fee.

    Ho-Chunk Casino, Baraboo, Wis. Full-service gaming facility 15 minutes north of the Inn with an award-winning atrium and Sauk County's only escalator.

    House on the Rock, Spring Green, Wis. A sensual experience like no other, tour at your leisure this unusual house perched on a rock filled with eclectic collections and displays including the world's largest, indoor carousel, doll houses, container gardens. Plan at least three hours. Open daily May-October. Admission fee.

    International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, Wis. See all 15 of the world's crane species, hike prairie and wetland trails, view the art exhibit and shop the gift store. Guided and self-guided tours. Plan at least two hours for your visit. Open daily April 15-Oct. 31. Admission fee. 10 minutes north of Baraboo.

    Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom, Wis. An outdoor, living museum and operational railroad from the late 1800s traversing seven miles and 50 minutes roundtrip through the Baraboo Hills. Daily train rides in restored steel coaches. See diesel locomotives, antique freight cars, snow-fighting equipment and elegant passenger cars. Indoor and outdoor exhibits. Open daily May 15-Labor Day, weekends in early May and through October. Special events include romantic, fine dining aboard vintage, First Class cars, Autumn Color Weekend™, Pumpkin Special™, Santa Express™ and Snow Train™. Admission fee.

    Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue & Educational Center, Rock Springs, Wis.

    Wisconsin Dells' attractions, amusement parks, rides and water parks

    Wisconsin's Capitol and State Street, Madison, Wis. The Capitol is open to the public daily, year-round with various hours. Free tours daily. Browse State Street, a vibrant thoroughfare from the Capitol to campus.

Bird-watching

The Baraboo Bluffs, (also known as the Baraboo Hills or the Baraboo Range) the largest, contiguous block of oak and maple forest in the Upper Midwest, and its surrounding river valleys, are a haven for 135 species of breeding birds, including some rarely seen and threatened species such as the cerulean warbler, hooded warbler and Acadian flycatcher. Whether you enjoy casually viewing birds from the Inn at Wawanissee Point's sunroom, deck, terrace or hiking trails, or passionately seeking a sighting for your life list, you'll find many opportunities for watching birds at and near our bed and breakfast.

Sandhill cranes nest within a half-mile of the Inn and we see them often from March to November. Their rattling calls echo through the hills daily.

  • Aldo Leopold Foundation, Baraboo, Wis. 11 miles northeast of here is the Leopold Shack and Farm, a National Historic Landmark, and The Leopold Center, its Platinum LEED® Certified visitor center. Open April-October, Monday through Saturday. Across the road, which is Rustic Road 49 Levee Road, is the 16,000-acre Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area. A breeding bird survey here identified 117 breeding species and at least 40 migrating bird species. One of the nation's distinguished ornithologists, Stanley Temple, called this area his favorite place to watch birds during spring migration. Much of the land is privately owned, but you will find excellent birding along the 11 miles of Levee Road. There is some public land to explore.

  • Bald Eagle Watching in Baraboo and Sauk Prairie. A January 2010 study found 85 American bald eagles in the Baraboo area feeding along the Baraboo River, America's longest, mainstream of free-flowing river since the last of its dams were removed in 2001. Eagles have commonly spent winters along the Wisconsin River passing through Prairie du Sac and Sauk City.

  • Baxter's Hollow State Natural Area, North Freedom, Wis. Scenic gorge through Baraboo quartzite cut by Otter Creek, a Class II trout stream with unique aquatic insect fauna. White pine dominated forest along the stream. Contains a significant portion of the Big Woods, the largest, intact, contiguous, southern dry-mesic forest in Wisconsin providing critical habitat for many rare bird species. Owned by The Nature Conservancy.

  • Ferry Bluff State Natural Area, Prairie du Sac, Wis. A former peregrine falcon eyrie, the area continues as an important winter roosting site for the bald eagle. Raptor concentration area in spring. Ferry Bluff and the adjacent Cactus Bluff tower more than 300 feet above the convergence of Honey Creek and the Wisconsin River. See rare species such as the Acadian flycatcher, peregrine falcon and black rat snake.

  • Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail-Southern Savanna Region

  • Honey Creek State Natural Area, Prairie du Sac, Wis. This natural area lies along a portion of Honey Creek, a Class II trout stream, and contains a wide range of topography and soils that support unusual flora and fauna, including more than 80 species of birds during the nesting season. Unusual nesting species include veery, blue-gray gnatcatcher, yellow-throated vireo, blue-winged warbler, Louisiana waterthrush (Seiurus motacilla), and Acadian flycatcher (Empidonax virescens). The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and The Nature Conservancy own this natural area, originally protected as a bird sanctuary.

  • International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, Wis. See all 15 of the world's crane species, hike prairie and wetland trails, view the art exhibit and shop the gift store. Guided and self-guided tours. Plan at least two hours for your visit. Open daily April 15-Oct. 31. Admission fee. 10 minutes north of Baraboo.

  • The Nature Conservancy Natural Areas of the Baraboo Hills. Free, open to the public for hiking and wildlife viewing.

  • Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area, Merrimac, Wis. Out the Inn's back door, the Inn at Wawanissee Point estate connects to Wisconsin's first State Natural Area, a spectacular sandstone gorge amid the Baraboo quartzite of the Baraboo Bluffs with steep, shaded cliffs that create a microclimate more typical of northern Wisconsin. Home to rare plant and bird species such as the state-threatened cerulean warbler and Acadian flycatcher.

  • Riverland Conservancy-Merrimac Preserve 1,800 acres of forest, prairie, savanna, wetlands and streams, two miles from the Inn. Free, open to the public for hiking and wildlife viewing.

  • Spring Green Preserve, Spring Green, Wis. Known as Wisconsin's desert, this rolling, sand prairie is on an old Wisconsin River terrace. Forest meets bluff and then levels off into plains and sandy dunes. A diverse bird life among the desert-like flora includes large numbers of rare, open-country birds such as the dickcissel, grasshopper and lark sparrow. Home to prickly pear cactus, rare prairie fame-flower and other interesting flora and fauna, including unusual invertebrates not found elsewhere in Wisconsin. Self-guided trail with an informational pamphlet that corresponds to numbered markers along the way. Owned by the Nature Conservancy.

  • More State Natural Areas In Sauk County. Sauk County is home to 27 state natural areas; most are open to the public for hiking and wildlife viewing. Guidelines for visiting.

Cheese and Wine

Events

Here are some favorite events, but there are many more throughout Sauk County. Please see the calendar of events pages at the area chambers of commerce for more details.

Historic Sites

  • Al. Ringling Theatre, Baraboo, Wis. Visit a historic theatre designed in the style of grand French opera houses, built in 1915 by Al. Ringling. Movies still flicker across the big screen, and national and international musical groups and local theatre groups perform on the stage. Tours by special request.

  • Circus World Museum, Baraboo, Wis. Circus performances, history museum, circus wagon collection and exhibits at the original winter quarters of the Ringling Bros. Circus. Acrobats, aerialists, tigers, jugglers, magic shows, elephants, clowns and more, indoor and outdoor. Open daily May-September, performance season Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission fee.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, Bookstore and Café, Spring Green, Wis. The Taliesin estate including Hillside School and other buildings. Open daily May-October, limited hours in April and November. Guided tours only, reservations strongly recommended, two weeks in advance during mid June through Labor Day. Admission fee

  • H. H. Bennett Studio and History Center, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Henry Hamilton Bennett (1843-1908) was an inventive photojournalist and historian who made Wisconsin Dells famous by using pioneering technology and his exceptional composition skills to create stereoscopic views of the Dells from the Wisconsin River. He is considered one of the best landscape photographers of the 19th century. Visit his second studio, built in 1875, believed to be the oldest operating photography studio in the United States and view his original work, equipment and inventions. See the Dells of the past in stunning 3-D. Open daily May-October. Admission fee.

  • Merrimac Ferry, Merrimac, Wis. The Colsac III is a seasonal car ferry that crosses the Wisconsin River connecting state highway 113 between Sauk and Columbia counties. It is Wisconsin's only free ferry. Popularity of the seven-minute ride can result in delays during peak season. April to November, 24-hours daily, weather permitting. View this site for availability.

  • Little Norway, Blue Mounds, Wis. Living museum of a Norwegian settlement, guided tour lasts an hour. Open daily May-October. 20 miles west of Madison, Wis.
  • Man Mound Park, Baraboo, Wis. Small park of a historic effigy mound in the shape of a man. More effigy mounds can be seen at Devil's Lake State Park.

  • Mid-Continent Railway Museum, North Freedom, Wis. An outdoor, living museum and operational railroad from the late 1800s traversing seven miles and 50 minutes roundtrip through the Baraboo Hills. Daily train rides in restored steel coaches. See diesel locomotives, antique freight cars, snow-fighting equipment and elegant passenger cars. Indoor and outdoor exhibits. Open daily May 15-Labor Day weekends in early May and through October. Special events include romantic, fine dining aboard vintage, First Class cars, Autumn Color Weekend™, Pumpkin Special™, Santa Express™ and Snow Train™. Admission fee.

  • Natural Bridge State Park and Natural Area, Leland, Wis. The highlight of this 530-acre park, which includes a 60-acre, state natural area, is a large, sandstone arch or bridge, under which is a rock shelter believed inhabited by Paleo Indians 10,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest human-occupied sites in northeastern North America. A two-mile hiking trail from the parking area loops through the site, past the bridge. Admission fee. About 15 miles west of the Inn.

  • Pioneer Log Village and Museum, Reedsburg, Wis. Historic settlement of restored log buildings from the 1880s including homes, library, church, blacksmith shop, country school, country store and cemetery. Artifacts displayed in the buildings. Open weekends Memorial Day-Labor Day, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Donations appreciated.

  • Sauk County Historical Society and Museum, Baraboo, Wis. A collection of Sauk County antiques and historical records in a turn-of-the-century, three-story, 14-room, Tudor Revival-style mansion. Open year-round Wednesday-Saturday, 12 to 4:00 p.m. Donations appreciated.

  • Learn about more historic sites to visit in Sauk County.

  • Visit the Wisconsin Historical Society: more historic sites and events to visit around Wisconsin.

Nature, Parks And Wildlife

  • State Natural Areas Sauk County is home to 27 state natural areas. Most are open to the public for hiking and wildlife viewing. Guidelines for visiting.

    • Ableman's Gorge, Rock Springs, Wis. Home to a Baraboo Quartzite mine, the largest open pit mine in the state; contains a classic, geologically and biologically significant gorge.

    • Baxter's Hollow, North Freedom, Wis. Scenic gorge through Baraboo quartzite cut by Otter Creek, a Class II trout stream with unique aquatic insect fauna. White pine dominated forest along the stream. Contains a significant portion of the Big Woods, the largest, intact, contiguous, southern dry-mesic forest in Wisconsin providing critical habitat for many rare bird species.

    • Ferry Bluff, Prairie du Sac, Wis. A former peregrine falcon eyrie, the area continues as an important winter roosting site for the bald eagle. Raptor concentration area in spring. Ferry Bluff and the adjacent Cactus Bluff tower more than 300 feet above the convergence of Honey Creek and the Wisconsin River. See rare species such as the Acadian flycatcher, peregrine falcon and black rat snake.

    • Honey Creek, Prairie du Sac, Wis. This natural area lies along a portion of Honey Creek, a Class II trout stream, and contains a wide range of topography and soils that support unusual flora and fauna, including more than 80 species of birds during the nesting season. Unusual nesting species include veery, blue-gray gnatcatcher, yellow-throated vireo, blue-winged warbler, Louisiana waterthrush (Seiurus motacilla), and Acadian flycatcher (Empidonax virescens). The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and The Nature Conservancy own this natural area, originally protected as a bird sanctuary.

    • Parfrey's Glen, Merrimac, Wis. Wisconsin's first State Natural Area abuts the Inn at Wawanissee Point estate's southern border. A spectacular sandstone gorge amid the Baraboo quartzite of the Baraboo Bluffs, with steep, shaded cliffs that create a microclimate more typical of northern Wisconsin. Home to rare plant and bird species such as the state-threatened cerulean warbler and Acadian flycatcher.

    • Pewit's Nest, Baraboo, Wis. Skillet Creek cuts a narrow canyon 40 feet deep through sandstone to form this beautiful gorge with shaded cliffs and a northern dry-mesic forest. At one time a man lived in an unusual dwelling 10 feet above a deep pool of water; it resembled a phoebe's nest, a bird previously called peewit, so early settlers named the gorge in kind. Later the water turned a mill used to repair manufacture equipment. Read more about the history of this gorge.

    • The Nature Conservancy Natural Areas of the Baraboo Hills. Free, open to the public for hiking and wildlife viewing.

    • More State Natural Areas In Sauk County

    • Spring Green Preserve, Spring Green, Wis. Known as Wisconsin's desert, this rolling, sand prairie is on an old Wisconsin River terrace. Forest meets bluff and then levels off into plains and sandy dunes. A diverse bird life among the desert-like flora includes large numbers of rare, open-country birds such as the dickcissel, grasshopper and lark sparrow. Home to prickly pear cactus, rare prairie fame-flower and other interesting flora and fauna, including unusual invertebrates not found elsewhere in Wisconsin. Self-guided trail with an informational pamphlet that corresponds to numbered markers along the way. Owned by the Nature Conservancy.

  • State Parks

    • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, Wis. A historic, geological treasure of 10,000 acres, 500-foot cliffs, 360-acre, spring-fed lake. Spectacular scenery, full-time naturalist with nature programs and hikes. A unit of the Ice Ag National Scientific Reserve and Scenic Trail. Hiking, rock climbing, biking, picnicking, camping, swimming, fishing, boating (rentals available) and cross-country skiing. Accessible for people with disabilities. Admission fee. Devil's Lake State Park Visitors Guide

    • Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton, Wis. (adjacent to Wisconsin Dells) Sandstone bluffs border a quiet lake with a wooded shoreline surrounded by 2,200 acres. 20 miles of hiking trails, 9 miles of off-road bike trails, picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating (rentals available), 17 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails. Guided hikes and nature programs. Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Seth Peterson Cottage located in park (tours available). Admission fee. Mirror Lake State Park Visitors Guide

    • Natural Bridge State Park and Natural Area, Leland, Wis. The highlight of this 530-acre park, which includes a 60-acre, state natural area, is a large, sandstone arch or bridge, under which is a rock shelter believed inhabited by Paleo Indians 10,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest human-occupied sites in northeastern North America. A two-mile hiking trail from the parking area loops through the site, past the bridge. Admission fee. About 15 miles west of the Inn.

    • Tower Hill State Park, Spring Green, Wis. Restored shot tower and melting house. See how lead shot was made in the 1800s. Hike challenging bluff trails.

  • Sauk County Parks Nine parks including several boat landings provide various amenities. White Mound Park in the heart of the county, near Plain, Wis., is the largest. For more information about park locations and activities call 608-546-5011.

    • Hemlock Park, LaValle, Wis. Fishing, accessible pier, boat landing, picnicking.

    • Man Mound Park, Baraboo, Wis. Small park of a historic effigy mound in the shape of a man.

    • Mirror Lake Dam, Lake Delton, Wis. Canoe launch, access to Mirror Lake.

    • Redstone Park, LaValle, Wis. On Lake Redstone, swimming beach, picnicking, boat launch.

    • White Mound Park, Hillpoint, Wis. The county's largest park, 1,100 acres near the heart of the county. Hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobile trails, horse trails, fishing, swimming, boating, kayak rentals, camping, shelters, picnicking.

    • Yellow Thunder, Baraboo, Wis. Small wayside park with Chief Yellow Thunder's burial marker and picnic area.

  • Aldo Leopold Foundation, Baraboo, Wis. 11 miles northeast of here is the Leopold Shack and Farm, a National Historic Landmark, and The Leopold Center, its Platinum LEED® Certified visitor center. Open April-October, Monday through Saturday. Interpretive trail loop through 305 acres of critical habitat for grassland birds and staging for migrating sandhill cranes. 16,000-acre Leopold-Pine Island Important Bird Area is across the road and along the Wisconsin River.

  • Ice Age National Scenic Trail Also visit the Ice Age Trail Alliance's Web site. The Ice Age Trail is a system of exceptional hiking trails and a conservation resource for silent-sport and outdoor enthusiasts that traverses some of Wisconsin's most picturesque landscapes. Trails highlight the state's unique geologic features to tell the last Ice Age's story. One of eight National Scenic Trails. Open year-round. Maps for trails near the Inn at Wawanissee Point.

  • International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, Wis. See all 15 of the world's crane species, hike prairie and wetland trails, view the art exhibit and shop the gift store. Guided and self-guided tours. Plan at least two hours for your visit. Open daily April 15-Oct. 31. Admission fee. 10 minutes north of Baraboo.

  • Riverland Conservancy-Merrimac Preserve 1,800 acres of forest, prairie, savanna, wetlands and streams, two miles from the Inn. Free, open to the public for hiking and wildlife viewing.

  • Van Hise Rock, Rock Springs, Wis. A National Register of Historic Places named for the pre-eminent 19th century geologist Charles Richard Van Hise. This nearly 14-foot high monolith of pink quartzite and phyllitic quartzite in vertical layers marks the remnants of an ancient mountain chain that may have risen 1,600 feet above the plain. Geology students from around the world visit this and several other important geologic markers in the Baraboo area. This stone led Van Hise to a key interpretation of structural Precambrian rocks in Wisconsin.

  • Wisconsin 400 State Trail, Reedsburg to Elroy, Wis. Also visit www.400statetrail.org. Hike, bike and snowmobile 22 scenic miles of a former railroad crisscrossing over the Baraboo River, American's longest main-stream, free-flowing river. See wetlands, sandstone bluffs and rolling farmland. The trail connects to the prestigious Elroy-Sparta trail. Bike rentals available. Trail pass required. The renovated Reedsburg Depot is the trail headquarters and home of the Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, for information call 608-524-2850.

  • Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue & Educational Center, Rock Springs, Wis.

Outdoor Sports

For winter sports see the separate section below.

  • Biking

    The topography surrounding the Inn at Wawanissee Point attracts road and mountain bicyclists of all skill levels for training, races and pleasure. Next door to the Inn experience challenging mountain biking and racing at Devil's Head Resort. The scenic, rolling hills of the Baraboo Bluffs offer endless winding paths through vistas and shady glades, with some challenging hills.

    • Biking Wisconsin's Great Outdoors, guides, maps, events, destinations

    • Devil's Head Resort, Merrimac, Wis. Next door to the Inn at Wawanissee Point. Miles of challenging mountain biking trails, mountain bike rentals available.

    • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, Wis. 29 miles of hiking and biking trails including 8.0 miles of off-road bike trails, the Upland Trail Loop and the connector between Steinke Basin and the North Shore Picnic Area. Also ride the several miles of paved campground and park roads offering narrow, hilly and winding routes. A 2-mile, paved bike trail connects the park's north entrance with the city of Baraboo. Admission fee. Devil's Lake State Park Visitors Guide

    • Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton, Wis. (adjacent to Wisconsin Dells) 20 miles of trails for hiking, biking, skiing and more. 9 miles of off-road bike trails. Admission fee. Mirror Lake State Park Visitors Guide

    • Wisconsin 400 State Trail, Reedsburg to Elroy, Wis. Also visit www.400statetrail.org. Hike, bike and snowmobile 22 scenic miles of a former railroad crisscrossing over the Baraboo River, American's longest main-stream, free-flowing river. See wetlands, sandstone bluffs and rolling farmland. The trail connects to the prestigious Elroy-Sparta trail. Bike rentals available. Trail pass required. The renovated Reedsburg Depot is the trail headquarters and home of the Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, for information call 608-524-2850.

    • Wildside Adventure Sports, Baraboo, Wis. A local resource of equipment, service and repairs.

    • Wisconsin Bicycle Federation

    • Wisconsin State Park System Bike Trails: touring, off-road and mountain

    • Wisconsin State Bike Maps

  • Canoeing and Kayaking

    • Baraboo River, Elroy to Portage Canoeing, kayaking, rafting and fishing. The Baraboo River flows freely for 115 miles from Elroy to Portage. It is America's longest mainstream of free-flowing river since the last of its dams were removed in 2001. The Baraboo River descends approximately 3.5 feet to the mile and an average depth of 5.6 feet, an enjoyable river for the entire family to navigate. Bring your own canoe or rent in Reedsburg. Main season is April to October. Contact the Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce at 800-844-3507, and/or Joe Van Berkel, Baraboo River Canoe Club, at 608-356-8437.

    • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, Wis. Canoe and row-boat rentals for paddling the 360-acre, spring-fed lake. Admission fee. Devil's Lake State Park Visitors Guide

    • Wisconsin River

      Upper river near Wisconsin Dells Canoe and kayak rentals: Point Bluff Resort and Lake Delton Watersports.

    • Vertical Illusions, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. An outdoor adventure center specializing in rock climbing excursions including ice climbing, kayak tours, and bike, cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals.

    • Lower river from Sauk Prairie south. Bender's Bluffview Canoe And Kayak Rentals, Blackhawk River Runs (canoe rentals and shuttle) 608-643-6724 and Wisconsin River Outings (canoe and kayak rentals, guided trips).

  • Diving/Snorkeling

  • Fishing

    Anglers have many opportunities to drop a line into Devil's Lake State Park, Lake Wisconsin, Lake Delton, the Baraboo River, the Wisconsin River and numerous trout streams throughout the Baraboo Hills.

    • Lake Wisconsin Guide Service, Poynette, Wis. Dan Miler offers a fishing guide service that our guests have enjoyed. Find the best spots on Lake Wisconsin, the Wisconsin River from Wisconsin Dells to Prairie du Sac, and Madison, Wis., lakes. Bring your license, snacks and shades and Dan will provide the rest!

  • Golf

    • Christmas Mountain Village, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. 27-hole, championship golf courses.

    • Devils Head Resort, Merrimac, Wis. Out the Inn's backdoor. Two championship, 18-hole golf courses with incredible views of the Lake Wisconsin valley.

    • House On The Rock Resort's The Springs Course and The North Nine, Spring Green, Wis.

    • Lake Wisconsin Country Club, Prairie du Sac, Wis. Along the Wisconsin River, par 70 course with a 117 slope rating makes for a delightful golf experience for players of all abilities.

    • Trappers Turn Golf Club, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. (Link to ) A beautiful, 27-hole course designed by Andy North and Roger Packard plus a practice facility and spacious learning center.

    • University Ridge, Madison, Wis.

    • Wild Rock Golf Club At The Wilderness Territory, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Opened in May 2008 and voted one of America's best new courses by GolfDigest Magazine, among other noteworthy accolades. Three diverse terrains blended to offer golfers of all skill levels a terrific experience. Pictured at the top of this page.

  • Hiking

    The area offers an abundance of trails for casual and challenging hiking, starting at the Inn and adjacent to its estate. Many are also ideal snowshoeing trails. See the Nature, Parks And Wildlife section above for many suggestions.

    • At the Inn: Stroll along beautiful, wooded trails that meander three miles throughout our 42 acres. Along the way, sit by the creek and soak up the sound of a babbling brook.

  • Horseback Riding

    • Canyon Creek Riding Stables, Lake Delton, Wis.

    • E-Z Roll Riding Stables, LaValle, Wis. May-September. One-hour ride on country trails through fields and woods. 608-985-7772.

    • OK Corral Riding Stable, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Spring-Fall, one-hour ride. 608-254-2811.

    • Red Ridge Ranch Riding Stable, Mauston, Wis. (Near Wisconsin Dells) Year-round, 250 acres, for all skill levels. Sleigh and wagon rides.

  • Rock Climbing

    Devils' Lake State Park offers some of the upper Midwest's best climbing sites among geologically significant and unique formations.

    • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, Wis. A historic, geological treasure of 10,000 acres, 500-foot cliffs, 360-acre, spring-fed lake. Climb at your own risk; the park is not maintained for rock climbing. Admission fee. Devil's Lake State Park Visitors Guide

    • Devil's Lake Climbing Guides, Madison, Wis. Nick Wilkes, a Wisconsinite trained in field science and biology education who spent six years growing and operating a guiding service for canyoneering, rock climbing, mountain biking and desert hiking in Utah, owns and operates this guide service. He's a certified climbing guide by the Professional Climbing Guides Institute. Helping beginners to advanced climbers develop and hone skills to have fun climbing safely at Devil's Lake State Park. Classes include equipment and gear and are tailored to your needs.

    • Vertical Illusions, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. An outdoor adventure center specializing in rock climbing excursions including ice climbing, kayak tours, and bike, cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals.

    • Wildside Adventure Sports, Baraboo, Wis. A local resource of gear, rentals and tips from staff who are climbers.

Scenic Drives, Rustic Roads and Boat Tours

Sauk County and its neighboring counties provide scenic vistas of many kinds. We can provide a detailed county map and suggest areas based on your interests. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Rustic Road 21: Schara Road, Ruff Road, Orchard Drive and Slotty Road.

  • Rustic Road 49: Levee Road in Sauk and Columbia Counties

  • Lower Wisconsin River Road Scenic Byway Highway 60 from Lodi, Wis., to Prairie du Chien, Wis.

  • Tour the German/Swiss Block-and-Stack Masonry of Roxbury, Prairie du Sac and Honey Creek

  • Amish Communities

    Drive highway 33 west of the Inn from Reedsburg, Wis., in Sauk County to Cashton, Wis., in Vernon County, through scenic valleys and encounter Amish settlements, and some shops with crafts and goods, along the way, plus Wildcat Mountain State Park.

    Drive highway 33 east of Portage, Wis., (northeast of the Inn about 20 minutes), then north on highway 22 and northeast on highway EE to where Columbia, Marquette and Green Lake counties converge, ending in Dalton, Wis. Visit Amish settlements including general stores, woodworking shops, saw mills, bakeries and more.

  • Boat Tours

    There are a number of options to view the beautiful, sandstone outcroppings that form the Upper and Lower Dells of the Wisconsin River at Wisconsin Dells, Wis. See from the water what H.H. Bennett photographed that made this area so famous before the water parks moved in.

  • Lost Canyon Tours by horse-drawn carriage, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Ride through the longest and deepest canyon in Wisconsin.

Shopping

Winter Activities

  • Cross-country Skiing

    Rentals available at Wildside Adventure Sports, Baraboo, Wis.

    • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, Wis. 5 miles of trails with two loops, beginner to moderate classic-style skiing. Hikers, pets and snowshoers are not allowed on these trails when snow covered. Admission fee. Devil's Lake State Park Visitors Guide

    • Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton, Wis. (adjacent to Wisconsin Dells) Sandstone bluffs border a quiet lake with a wooded shoreline surrounded by 2,200 acres. 20 miles of hiking trails, 9 miles of off-road bike trails, picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating (rentals available), 17 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails. Guided hikes and nature programs. Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Seth Peterson Cottage located in park (tours available). Admission fee. Mirror Lake State Park Visitors Guide

    • Riverland Conservancy-Merrimac Preserve Free, open to the public for hiking and wildlife viewing, two miles from the Inn.

  • Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding

  • Skiing Outfitter

    Wildside Adventure Sports, Baraboo, Wis. A local resource of equipment, service and repairs. Cross-country ski rentals. The only shop in southwest Wisconsin that provides Grindrite stonegrinding services for boards and skis.

  • Hiking

    If you're adventurous and desire a workout and a challenge, set out upon the abundance of hiking trails in the area during winter. Or try snowshoeing for a wonderful, outdoor trek. See the Nature, Parks And Wildlife section above for many suggestions. Snowshoeing information is below.

  • Ice Fishing

    Hardy anglers can fish at Devil's Lake State Park and Lake Wisconsin a stone's throw from the Inn, or Lake Delton and other sweet spots throughout the county.

  • Snowshoeing

    Snowshoeing is a wonderful way for people of all skills to venture off the beaten path to experience the winter landscape and explore natural areas more difficult to access at other seasons. Be rewarded with breathtaking scenery, solitude and a refreshing workout. Unless trails are specifically marked and groomed for other uses like cross-country skiing, most trails are open to snowshoers. For the less adventurous, many state parks offer designated snowshoe trails. See the Nature, Parks And Wildlife section above for many suggestions besides these highlights.

    • At the Inn: We provide snowshoes for our guests to experience the wooded trails that meander three miles throughout our 42 acres. It's beautiful, relaxing and invigorating.

    • Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, Wis. Explore several miles of trails not groomed for skiing, plus trek around on the frozen lake. Hikers, pets and snowshoers are not allowed on cross-country ski trails when snow covered. Admission fee. Devil's Lake State Park Visitors Guide

    • Ice Age National Scenic Trail Also visit the Ice Age Trail Alliance's Web site. The Ice Age Trail is a system of exceptional hiking trails and a conservation resource for silent-sport and outdoor enthusiasts that traverses some of Wisconsin's most picturesque landscapes. Trails highlight the state's unique geologic features to tell the last Ice Age's story. One of eight National Scenic Trails. Open year-round. Out the Inn's back door: 5 miles of intermediate to difficult trails beginning at Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area, which abuts the Inn's property to the south, and existing at state highway 113. Maps for trails near the Inn at Wawanissee Point.

    • Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton, Wis. (adjacent to Wisconsin Dells) 1.2 miles of easy trails for snowshoeing. Admission fee. Mirror Lake State Park Visitors Guide

    • Natural Bridge State Park and Natural Area, Leland, Wis. 2.5 miles of intermediate trails. Admission fee. About 15 miles west of the Inn.

    • Riverland Conservancy-Merrimac Preserve Free, open to the public for hiking and wildlife viewing, two miles from the Inn.

    • Vertical Illusions, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. An outdoor adventure center specializing in rock climbing excursions including ice climbing, kayak tours, and bike, cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals.
    • More snowshoeing in Wisconsin including trails directory and events.

  • Sledding and Tubing

    Feel like playing like a kid again? Sled down the hill in the Inn's backyard, at Devil's Lake State Park campground or on tubing runs at the some of the area downhill ski resorts.

  • Snowmobiling

    Bring your machines and hop on trails near the Inn at Wawanissee Point. Rentals are not available in this area. Sauk County Snowmobile Clubs Association

Trail Background