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New trail opening in Kinnickinnic State Park

TOWN OF CLIFTON -- A new hiking and snowshoeing trail introducing the public to a previously inaccessible part of Kinnickinnic State Park will be commemorated Monday.

The Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks are hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. Monday, June 27 to celebrate the completion of the Hidden Falls Trail, the first trail to be developed in the southern portion of Kinnickinnic State Park.

The public is invited to attend. The event will begin at the gravel lot on the southern edge of the park property, west of County Road F on 770th Avenue in the town of Clifton (directional signs will be posted). Participants will move to a scenic portion of the trail, either via hay wagon or on foot, where the ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony will take place.

The 2.5-mile trail is designed to provide year-round public access to the area. Travelers will pass through an assortment of environments, including open prairie, oak woods and old growth pine, and will be treated to impressive views into the gorge of the Kinnickinnic River, including a glimpse of a waterfall.

The trail was designed to be sustainable, and was crafted to provide reliable and safe footing. The trail is well-marked, with maps at the trailhead and throughout the trail, directional arrows, distance markers and benches. This project will introduce park users to a new area of the park, and facilitate public access by travelers of various abilities.

The project is a result of a partnership between Kinnickinnic State Park, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks and dedicated volunteers. Funding was provided through the Natural Resources Foundation’s Norma & Stanley DeBoer Quiet Trails Fund and the David & Joyce Weizenicker Fund for State Parks.

Representatives from the Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks, the Natural Resources Foundation, and the State Parks Bureau Director from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be present to answer questions. Additionally, the two donors who created the endowment funds that supported this project will be present.

Submitted by Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin