Devil’s Lake State Park is one of Wisconsin’s most breathtaking natural wonders. It also generates the most visitor revenue of any of its state parks, meaning that it is the most trafficked among them. While still an incredible place to visit, the beaches, trails, and campsites can easily become crowded during popular travel times. Thankfully, another state park in Central Wisconsin makes for a great alternative destination.
Welcome to Hartman Creek State Park.
I recently discovered a Wisconsin state park that, though quite different than Devil’s Lake, still offers some of its best amenities and breathtaking beauty without the crowds. Hartman Creek State Park is located in Waupaca County and falls safely outside the top five most-visited state parks in Wisconsin. It has nicely maintained trails that weave through beautiful forestland, a cozy set of campsites, and a beach complete with ice cream shack.
Tyler and I stopped here just for the day to go hiking on our way home from Wisconsin Rapids, but it is definitely a place I’d visit again, even for an overnight stay. The park is located two hours from Milwaukee and just over an hour from Green Bay. Admission is $8 per car per day or free with the purchase of an annual Wisconsin state parks sticker.