Live near Chicago or Milwaukee? Got a hankering to find a nice spot to enjoy a quiet autumn day? Consider a trip to the bucolic regions on the southern edge of Wisconsin for an easy walk in a lovely natural setting.
Today’s Guidebook Getaway (a regular feature here in The REI Blog) directs you Bristol Woods County Park in the village of Bristol, a few miles miles north of the Wisconsin-Illinois border and about 13 miles west (yet seemingly a world away) of Kenosha.
It’s a trip taken from the recently released 3rd edition of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago by Ted Villaire, published by Menasha Ridge Press.
Early on the trail you’ll likely notice the unusually contorted oak tree shown in the photo below. Villaire points out this is an example of a Native American marker tree, one intentionally altered to point out some destination of importance in times past.
If you’re a cross-country skier, keep this park in mind for a winter visit. For now, enjoy the serenity of the scene.
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A 200-year-old oak that has been shaped into a Native American marker tree.