Hiking & Biking in Green Lake

Abundant with wildlife, unique geological formations and spectacular lake views, Green Lake’s hiking and biking trails are some of the best public access trails in Wisconsin. The varied terrain offers an amazing experience for outdoor enthusiasts of every level, during any time of the year!

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Hiking in Green Lake, WI

greenlake-hikingExplore the natural beauty of Green Lake on one of the many public hiking trails. Maintained by the Green Team (a collaboration of the Green Lake Conservancy, the Green Lake Association, and the Green Lake Sanitary District), the hiking trails in Green Lake enable trail users of every level and endurance to take in the natural beauty of Wisconsin at its best.

Green Lake, WI Area Hiking Trails

Norwegian Bay Wetlands

Includes the largest area of contiguous wetlands on Green Lake. The wetlands complex and an adjacent bay provide a vital spawn area for fish and habitat for a variety of wildlife, including songbirds and amphibians. A short trail through the woods leads to a boardwalk that includes several rest benches.

Assembly Creek & Springs

This property includes 1,100 feet of Green Lake frontage, as well as Hammer’s Trail, a walking loop of approximately .7-miles, and five bridges over several creeks and springs. These waterways merge into Assembly Creek, which flows into Norwegian Bay.

Winnebago Trail Conservancy

This property consists of southern oak forest and remnant prairie along the north shore of Green Lake. A former Native American trail follows the elevated shoreline. There is a steep elevation change and descending down the west access trail along several switchbacks.

Tichora Conservancy

This 40-acre parcel of undeveloped land is located along Green Lake’s unspoiled south shore in Dickinson Bay. It also borders Spring Lake to create a riparian habitat for a large diversity of wildlife. An exceptionally scenic property with sandstone cliffs shallow caves, and towering trees, Tichora features hiking, snowshoeing, and other allowable uses.

Forest Avenue Oak Savanna

Approximately 1 acre, this property is located in the City of Green Lake. A portion of the land was restored to native oak savanna, the dominant vegetation community of the Green Lake region prior to European settlement.

Wick Nature Preserve

Protects 3.2 acres of southern oak forest and wetlands that store and filter surface water runoff before it drains into Green Lake. Efforts have been undertaken to remove invasive buckthorn and establish plantings of native vegetation.

Highknocker Trail

Located in Highknocker Park. Take a leisurely walk through the trail and enjoy its beautiful surroundings as your time permits. This space includes playground equipment in a quiet and out-of-the-way city park.

Guskey/Miller Praires

These two adjacent properties consist of restored tallgrass prairie with some riparian forest along Silver Creek. The native grassland buffer filters and absorbs surface water runoff before it enters Green Lake’s main tributary.

Sunnyside Conservancy

A wide, level walking trail (about 1.5 miles) with several side trails leading to several side trails leading to several man-made channels, which includes a scenic panorama of Inlet Bay on Silver Creek. This trail contains a mixture of 30+ acres of woods, shrub-carr, and grassland.

Tuleta Hill Prairie

Previously farmland, the 7.5 acres is presently being restored to prairie and oak savanna. Walking paths and sitting benches are available on this 0.5-mile trail.

Biking in Green Lake, WI

Wisconsin has been ranked one of the top states for cyclists, and Green Lake shows visitors why. Explore the area on miles of paced trails and casual rides around the lake, or participate in the annual Green Lake Bike 100 Event, held the last Saturday in June.

Green Lake, WI Area Bike Routes

Loop the Lake

23 Miles | Enjoy beautiful views of the lake on this most popular bike route in this part of the state. At times you will be surrounded by hardwood forest and tall white pines. Keep your eye out for the short one-third mile packed limestone connector path between Oakwood Avenue and Oakwood Beach Road where you will find yourself on a beautiful woodland shaded trail. Green Lake is the deepest and fifth-largest natural lake in the state. CLICK HERE for Loop The Lake Map

Macoutin Valley State Trail

11 Miles | This Rails-to-Trail is approximately 11 miles in length between Berlin & Ripon stretching along the old Milwaukee railroad bed. The base consists of packed limestone and the corridor is mostly shaded in the summer. In the winter, the trail is open for winter biking and portions of the trail are open to snowmobilers. You will pass along and through several state protected wildlife areas and wetlands. Rush Lake is the largest prairie-pothole east of the Mississippi and a vital waterfowl habitat making this route a birders paradise. The trail also crosses Koro Prairie and the Berlin Fen State Natural Area. You will find soft serve ice cream, burgers, woodfire pizza, beer, and wine near the ends of the trail.

Northwestern Trail

2.5 Miles | This shaded old railroad bed, part of the Rails-to-Trails network, takes bicyclists into Ripon’s historic downtown. From the library, go a short block south on Pacific Street then west one block on Jackson Street. Turn onto Watson Street to explore a treasure-trove of boutique shops and restaurants.

Laurie’s Trail

10 Miles | 6.8 Miles | 3.2 Miles | These paved multi-use paths connect the Green Lake Conference Center to Ripon. From the Town Square Trailhead, chose your direction. Head west to meander through the Green Lake Conference Center or ride east towards Ripon for a longer ride. Laurie’s Trail towards Ripon is partially completed. Watch the trail signs to connect you to the segments and Northwest Trail heading into Ripon. To help us complete this family-friendly trail, visit greenlakegreenways.com.

Ceresco Praire Conservancy Mountain Bike Trail

2.5 Miles | West of Willmore Center lies 130 acres to enjoy! Ceresco Prairie provides the thrill of jumps and switchbacks along with a couple of nice climbs for off-road adventure seekers. The trail is built on the side of a hill and winds through hardwoods and tall prairie grasses. The trail is open to fat-tire cycling during the winter.

Forest Ridge Loop

19 Miles | Heading north on Forest Ridge Road, this route takes you through the rolling hills sculpted by glaciers and is surrounded by farmland.

Little Green Loop

22 Miles | Visit Big and Little Green Lake as your climb the hills between glacial drumlins and rich farmland. Pack a picnic and end your ride with a refreshing dip in Big Green Lake.

White River Marsh Loop

18 Miles | This route takes you on a 5-mile rustic road (usually packed gravel) through the White River Marsh. This wetland is a bird-watching paradise and the home to whooping cranes, the tallest bird in North America standing at 5ft tall with a 7-foot wingspan.

Huckleberry Route

22 Miles | Enjoy the quiet rolling backcountry roads of Green Lake County. This trail crosses Snake Creek and continues out to the Fox River and back.