Ledges State Park has some of the prettiest scenery in the area, with unique, shallow water crossings over the main road. There are several challenging trails as well as a very accessible one. This is a perfect place to go “creek stomping” with pets and/or kids – be sure to check the DNR website for flooding closings before you go. The main canyon road is currently closed, but read my summer blog post for where to park and walk up! There is easy creek splashing access here, you can see more specific details about how to get into the water in this post.
Big Creek State Park is home to a giant wooden playground, busy beach, and lots of paved trails.
Terra Park is undergoing development to make it a large park with playground equipment and other amenities; right now it is mainly a trail hub.
Rittgers’ Oaks Park has open green space to play in and paved paths to walk on.
Ray Schleihs Park has open green space to run around in, and trail access.