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Located on the largest hill in the southern half the state of Wisconsin, Blue Mound State Park is an area that should not be missed on any visit to the area. The park covers 1153 acres, so there is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy this scenic beauty. Visitors are able to get a glimpse of the rare American Bison who live in the park, and this alone draws people from miles around to rent an RV in Dane County.
Blue Mound State Park is mainly made up of an unusual prairie landscape, Sioux Quartzite Bedrock, which appeared blue to early settlers, and from which the park got its name. Due to its lofty position, the park offers some incredible views of the surrounding landscape as well as some unique geological features. With nearby towns such as Barneveld, Ridgeway, and Mount Horeb, there is also plenty to in the local area.
Blue Mound State Park contains the only swimming pool in a state park in Wisconsin. Therefore it is a popular activity for those that make use of the state park RV campgrounds. For those that want a more natural experience, Upper and Lower Mound Lakes offer a great alternative. They offer opportunities for recreation, including canoeing and fishing, as well as just swimming and sunbathing if you fancy more of a chilled day. The small beach area is a lovely place to spend time with friends and family, enjoying a picnic and taking in the scenic views.
Cycling is a big deal in the park, largely thanks to its lofty position. There are 15.5 miles of challenging off-road single-track bicycle trails with varying elevation. Grab a park map to view the difficulty ratings of each of the trails, but be aware that it offers some of the most difficult cycling trails in the Midwest, with steep grades. So much so, that the peak of Blue Mound is visible from over 40 miles away on clear days. The fantastic cycling tracks are one of the main reasons people book a camper near Blue Mound State Park.
With so many stunning views scattered around the park, hiking is a truly enjoyable way to see it all. You'll be able to see the prairie landscape stretching out before you as you discover the range of flora and fauna. Overall there are around 25 miles of hiking trails in the area of the park, and in the winter, 20 miles are reserved for snowmobiling.
The campsite directly in Blue Mound State Park is open all year round and offers 77 wooded sites for campers to make use of. This is a good option when you are going state park RV camping, as each site has a picnic table and a fire ring, offering the opportunity for beautiful nights spent outside with family and friends. Scattered throughout the campsite are toilets and drinking water fountains. Two of the sites have been specially designed to be accessible for those that have disabilities.
For those that don't want to go directly camping at Blue Mount State Park, a close-by option is Tom's Campground. The campground covers an area of 55 acres in rural Wisconsin offering a range of RV sites with running water hookups and either a 50 or 30 amp service. Sites are pull-thru, and all have campfire rings. There are also central restroom facilities, a dump station, and a snack area, while free WiFi is also provided throughout the park. The campground's location nestled on a hillside overlooking a pasture makes it a very inviting place to stay for the night.
On a sunny day, there is nothing better than sitting back with a cold drink in hand, and that is exactly what you can do at the Hop Garden. This farm to glass brewery grows their own hops, which they then use to create and brew their own selection of beers. The Hop Yard is a large beer garden where visitors can enjoy a glass of either the company’s own beer or one of the many others they stock. There is also often live music, and a selection of other events are held here, making for a lovely place to visit no matter the time of year you go motorhome camping.
You could also get a bit of history on your trip with a visit to the Swiss Historical Village. Visitors can immerse themselves in immigrant history in the detailed replica of an 1850 Swiss settlement. You'll get a brief glimpse of pioneer life while you explore each of the 14 article filled buildings. These include a settler cabin, church, bee house, and collectibles shop, to name a few. In addition to the buildings, the site also holds the gravestones of some of the colony's founding members, and a Hall of History.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens is a stunning place to visit, with 16 acres landscaped hardy Midwest plants. Even in the cold, you can pay a visit to the tropics in the conservatory to see a range of exotic plants, orchids, fragrant flowers, a waterfall, and even some free-flying birds, making it a very unique experience. Be sure to check out the list of events that include everything from dance sessions to concerts.