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‘Wisconsin Rocks!' highlights local hiking sites

Go on a day-long hike in Wisconsin

“Wisconsin Rocks! A Guide to Geologic Sites in the Badger State” by Scott Spoolman, published late last year, provides many possible day-hike destinations. Eleven of the 52 geologic sites in Wisconsin are in south-central areas of the state.

Readers get millions of years of natural history in the condensed descriptions of the Baraboo quartzite piled high at Devil’s Lake State Park, the glacial meltwater that carved Coldwater Canyon in the Dells of the Wisconsin River and the Cambrian sandstone that forms the namesake of Natural Bridge State Park.

The book’s description of a hideaway for an “eccentric tinker” in the 1840s in what is now Pewits Nest State Natural Area just south of Baraboo has us excited to check out the area’s new trails and stairways.


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