Hartman Creek State Park

Location: Waupaca, Wisconsin

Webpage: Wisconsin State Park

General Description: Hartman Creek State Park is a 1417 acre park that contains many small lakes, hiking trails, bike trails, horse trails, campgrounds, and picnic areas.  While mostly known for its campgrounds for both tent or small RV and equestrians, there are multiple hiking trails around the small lakes or through the wooded area.

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Impressions:

1) We did not visit the campgrounds so I cannot comment on them.  Our main purpose was the hiking trails, of which there are a number to choose from that range from around a mile in length to 3 miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.  Our first hike was the Pope Lake Hiking Trail which is a 1 mile loop through a red pine stand that was planted by the CCC in the 1930s.  There are a few views of Pope Lake, but most of the trail is through the mature red pine forest.

2) Our second hike was the one mile loop around the shores of Hartman Lake.  This is another easy trail right along the lake so you get to see the many water plants, flowers, and dragonflies along the lakeshore.