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New trail opens in Kinnickinnic State Park

Visitors check out the newly formed Hidden Falls Trail during a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 27. (Submitted photo by Caitlin Williamson)

Pierce County’s Kinnickinnic State Park has a brand new trail for visitors to explore.

The Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, June 27 to recognize the completion of the Hidden Falls Trail, the first developed along the southern part of the state park. The 2.5-mile trail brings travelers through a variety of landscapes, including open prairie, oak woods and old growth pine. Visitors are able to catch views of the Kinnickinnic River gorge and a glimpse of a waterfall.

“This new hiking trail will connect people to nature by giving them an opportunity to explore the forest and prairie in this new state park,” said Ruth Oppedahl, executive director of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin in a press release. “More than ever, the Foundation is providing support for Wisconsin’s state parks, ensuring that Wisconsinites are able to recreate in our state’s incredible natural places.”

The release states that the trail has reliable and safe footing, and should withstand the impact of hikers for many years. The trail is well-marked, including access to maps, directional arrows, distance markers and benches.

The Hidden Falls Trail 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.

Two of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s endowment funds provided financial support for the creation of the trail. The Norma and Stanley DeBoer Quiet Trails Fund helps create and maintain walking trails on public lands in Wisconsin and the David and Joyce Weizenicker Fund for State Parks supports projects that help accessibility for senior citizens to Wisconsin’s state parks.