Visitor Center is well kept and accessible, ample parking, useful interpretive displays, Park Rangers are very friendly and knowledgeable. Trails are also well kept, and although somewhat challenging, offer opportunities to rest as you make your way up the mature forest trails to spectacular views all around of the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge.
One need not hike at all to enjoy the experience, though. There's at least one conical mound right at the base on the boardwalk.
You'll feel assured regarding the worthiness of preserving this national treasure and that you are walking on hallowed ground, as thousands of years of prehistoric people believed it to be.
Longer hikes mean opportunities to be on the trail with few or no other people, if you like that.
After the hike head up toward Lansing for more hiking opportunities, at Paint Rock and Mount Hosmer, there's also scenic pullouts and Allamakee County parks on the river along along the way, and a winery near the historic Wexford Church.
Make a day or weekend of it! Beautiful, scenic countryside all year around!
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