I recently discovered a new great place to hike near Milwaukee. Thanks to a local hiking organization, I learned about Richard Bong State Recreation Area by attending one of their group hikes. This Richard Bong State Recreation Area hiking guide is a great resource to help you plan your first visit.
Things to Know Before Visiting Bong State Rec. Area
- Daily admission costs $8 per car or is free with an annual vehicle admission sticker.
- The park is usually open all year, but you should check here to make sure.
- Burlington is the closest town and is about a ten-minute drive west on Highway 142.
- Wear hiking boots that can get muddy if visiting in the Spring.
- Wear blaze orange if visiting during hunting season.
Hiking at Bong State Rec. Area
There are eight different trails to hike at Richard Bong State Recreation Area of varying lengths. This makes it a great place to hike near Kenosha! It is also one of my favorite spring hikes in Wisconsin. Some trails are on the north side of Highway 142 while others are on the south side, so double check the trail map before starting your hike. The shortest trail is the 0.7-mile Visitor Center Nature Trail and the longest is the 8.3-mile Red Trail.
I have hiked the 4.2-mile Blue Trail and 1.8-mile Green Trail. Both are wide, unpaved trails that go across the prairie and over small rolling hills. Richard Bong State Recreation Area is also a great place to view wildlife in Wisconsin! Visit in the spring for some especially great bird-watching.
How to Get to Bong State Rec. Area
Richard Bong State Recreation Area is located in western Kenosha County. Take exit 340 if coming from I-94 and head west on Highway 142.
About Women Hiking Wisconsin
I first visited Richard Bong State Recreation Area for a group hike with an organization called Women Hiking Wisconsin. WHW is an online community for female hikers across Wisconsin, with a presence on Facebook and Instagram. It was created by five young women from the Milwaukee area who wanted to create a hiking community for women in Wisconsin. They also host group hiking events for women across the state!
This was the second group hike I attended with Women Hiking Wisconsin. I first attended their group hike at Harrington Beach State Park in October. On this particular hike, nearly 25 women showed up to participate! They came from as far north as Cedarburg and as far south as Rockford, Illinois. You can follow them on Instagram for Wisconsin hiking inspiration and to be notified when they schedule another group hike!