Wisconsin Wandering: Take a trip to Aztalan State Park

MADISON, Wis. — We want to help you plan your next family vacation, so this month we’re celebrating the classic American road trip with a new segment: Wandering Wisconsin.

This week, we’re taking a look at some of Wisconsin’s state parks that are easy to get to from Madison. Many of them are sometimes overlooked.

Aztalan State Park, located outside of Lake Mills just about 40 minutes east of Madison, has a great mix of history and nature. Inside the park is one of the state’s most important archaeological sites: an ancient middle-Mississippian village dating back to 1000 A.D.

The people who lived there built large, flat-topped pyramidal mounds and a stockade around their village.

Today, there’s hiking trails and canoeing and kayaking on the Crawfish River.