Ferry Bluffs - Member Hike

Hike Name: Ferry Bluffs
Country: United States
State: Wisconsin
Nearby Town: Madison
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: From the intersection of Highways 60 and 12 west of Sauk City, go west on Highway 60 4.4 miles then south on Ferry Bluff Road 1.1 miles to a parking area and canoe landing at the end of the road.
Total Hike Distance: 0.90 miles
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Ferry Bluff Road
Trails Used: Ferry Bluffs Trail
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams, Rivers
Management: Other
Contact Information: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S. Webster Street
PO Box 7921
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7921
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
Hike Summary: Ferry Bluff and the adjacent Cactus Bluff tower more than 300 feet above the confluence of Honey Creek and the Wisconsin River. Both provide outstanding views from their sandstone cliffs and down to the river valley below. During the Civil War, a ferryboat landing was located at Honey Creek and it shuttled people and goods across the river. Today Ferry Bluff is owned by the DNR and was designated as a State Natural Area in 1988.

This is a short hike to Ferry Bluff that starts at the parking area at Honey Creek. Stay to the right side of the creek and follow the path ~0.5 miles toward the Wisconsin River - then up to the bluff where there are a number of signs that provide the history and details of the surrounding landscapes. There are outstanding views up and down the river from Ferry Bluff, but nothing in place to keep you from falling off the cliff. So choose your steps carefully.




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