About Women Hiking Wisconsin
There are few things I value more in life than a hike on one of Wisconsin’s scenic trails, but when my mom isn’t available to come with me, I’m often left without a companion to share my favorite outdoor experience with. Solo travel can still be fun, but making memories with friends and family on the trails is hard to beat. When I heard about Women Hiking Wisconsin, an online hiking community for Wisconsinites who identify as female, I was beyond excited.
The organization, which has accrued a strong following on both Facebook and Instagram, was founded by five women who wanted to create a united community of female explorers across Wisconsin. Two of those founders were present at my first group hike, which took place at Harrington Beach State Park. This event was sponsored by the amazing ladies at Yellow Wood Gear; click to see the guest blog post I wrote for them about my trip to Wyoming and Idaho!
About Harrington Beach State Park
Harrington Beach State Park is located just under an hour north of Milwaukee in neighboring Ozaukee County. It lies along the shores of Lake Michigan and is a great place to enjoy a beach day in the summer. As my first visit was in the fall, my itinerary was limited to hiking, but that still left plenty to see and do!
Multiple trails span the property and weave through forest and prairie alike; our group hike began with a walk around the tranquil Quarry Lake. The trail was a fairly easy, flat hike and offered multiple lookout points to take in and photograph the lake. Some trails also weave out to the beach so you can enjoy the view of Lake Michigan, the world’s largest freshwater lake contained within one country.
Fees & Parking
Nearly all Wisconsin state parks, including Harrington Beach, have an admission cost of $8 per car per day. This can be paid in cash at the fee station after entering the park. You will receive a parking pass to place inside the front window of your vehicle that is good for the entirety of the day. Annual state parks passes cost $28 per year with Wisconsin license plates and can be purchased online or at a state park fee station.
When to Visit
Harrington Beach State Park is open year-round from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM. A summer visit is the perfect time to experience the beach, while a trafficked fall visit will make for a beautiful fall foliage hike.