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.
Kuehn Conservation Area is a large park with very diverse plants and habitats, with extensive trails. At the front of the park there is a large tipi, which is used for the annual Prairie Awakening Celebration. It’s easy to feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere in this park, with lots to explore and a bird blind to check out.