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Our nature preserve features 10 miles of hiking trails that are free to the public. They are open daily, from dawn until dusk. Visitors get a chance to safely discover the unique habitats that make Hunt Hill so special. Take the Bear Trail to explore the edge of Big Devil’s lake as you pass wild blueberries, an old bear’s den and see girdled trees from our hungry porcupines. Hike Bog Trail to see the insectivorous pitcher plant, then continue onto the Vole Trail, which leads to the meadow for an explosion of color, animal life and beauty.

Seven habitats – bogs, lakes, streams, meadow “prairie,” old growth forest, cut-over forest, and marsh – are all within a short walking distance from the central camp. These habitats are just one reason Hunt Hill is so unique! Our trails offer something for everyone. Donations are greatly appreciated to help us maintain the trails and grounds. Donations can be put into the white donation boxes attached to the kiosks in camp.

Our Discovery Trail, labeled Barred Owl Trail on trail maps, is a great experience for families! Each month Hunt Hill staff members hide 8-15 themed items along this 1/3 mile trail. Similar to an ‘I Spy’ game, families are encouraged to hike the trail to see how many of the items they can find! An interactive Discovery Trail map is located in the kiosk compartments. Be sure to stop in the Farmhouse Office or tag #HuntHill on social media to be entered into our monthly giveaway!

Over the years, with the help of grants from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB), the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin (BRAW) and private donations, our nature trails have improved. Thanks to the WEEB grant, natural attractions are highlighted and explained through a series of nature pedestals located along the trails.

In our prairie meadow, hikers will notice many bluebird houses, which are used in the summer to monitor local bluebird populations. Dr. Kent Hall and the Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin have helped Hunt Hill revitalize its bluebird trail.  It features over 20 Peterson-style nest boxes, as well as a few NAB-style nest boxes along 2 ½ miles of trails in the meadow “prairie,” and in the central camp area.  In addition to the nest boxes, there are hunting/feeding/perching poles and mowed grass trails.

trail-with-bench-2Over 70 baby bluebirds fledged in the summer of 2008 (up from about 30 in 2007) and in 2012 we saw 85 bluebirds fledge. Credit for the success goes to Dr. Hall. There were also tree swallows, wrens and chickadees recorded in the weekly nest monitoring.

Staff and volunteers have also contributed hundreds of hours of labor to develop the trails, make improvements, add signs and benches and footbridges, and keep the trails cleared of downed trees from storms and high winds.

To learn more about our trails, download the Trail Map!