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Get Your 10,000 Steps

1/9/2018 - Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

Family-Friendly, Sports & Outdoors
people hiking, outdoors, trail, water, Richard Bong State Recreation Area
Petrifying Springs Park, outdoors, nature, fall colors
golfing at scenic Petrifying Springs Golf Course

If keeping your fitness routine is a part of your vacation plan, we’ve got some great ideas for you! It is suggested that 10,000 steps is a good target number of steps to reach daily for the average person. This loosely translates to about five miles. Your goal will be easy to reach while visiting the Kenosha Area since adventure feels more like fun and less like exercise! Grab your digital pedometer or mobile device to count your steps while you enjoy these routes to hit your walking target.

PETRIFYING SPRINGS PARK

If a scenic route is what you seek, look no further than Petrifying Springs Park. Affectionately known as “Pets” by local residents, this is the oldest park in Kenosha County. With 350 acres to explore, amenities like hiking trails, a dog park, and playgrounds are all great for keeping you and your crew active. The main multiuse trail that circles around the park offers a paved course making it perfect for running, walking, biking, or even toddling with your little ones. You’ll find shaded areas with trees lining the trail and quaint areas to pause where the Pike River runs through the park.

Distance: 2 miles (circle route) | View Map>

Complete your steps: Detour from the circle on the multiuse trail to the Petrifying Springs Biergarten to log an extra half mile or visit the Carlisle Family Dog Park to get steps in with your four-legged friend.

Alternate Route: Play a round of golf at the Petrifying Springs Golf Course. If you walk the 18-hole green, you’ll log about 7 miles.

 

RICHARD BONG STATE RECREATION AREA

Located just west of I-94, Richard Bong State Recreation Area was a planned Air Force base in the 1950s and was converted to a nature area by the early 1980s. This unique park boasts more than 4,500 acres of nature areas, campsites, trails, and more. “Bong”, for short, is a great place for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and hiking, too — so options for logging miles are endless. This state recreation area offers nine mapped trails for different uses. The Yellow Trail is a generally level route with a nice mixture of grassland, woodland, and wetland. It is also a great trail for bird watching!

Distance: 4.4 miles (circle route) | View Map>

Complete your steps: Add on a quick cool-down lap around the Gray Trail, which is relatively flat with no steep grading, to hit your daily target.

Alternate Route: The Red Trail is the longest trail in the park and offers an overview of what the landscape looked like before being altered for the planned Air Force base.

 

PIKE BIKE TRAIL

If a more urban route is what you seek, the Pike Bike Trail is a great option. With miles of Lake Michigan views, this is a great trail for walking and running — not just biking. This section of the 10+ mile trail starts at HarborPark, where sculptures line the Kenosha Harbor. After passing through Wolfenbüttel Park and Eichelman Park, walkers will enter the Third Avenue Historic District where historic homes adorn the path before reaching Southport Park as a turn-around point. This route is completely paved and flat.

Distance: 4.4 miles (round trip) | View Map>

Complete your steps: Continue south past Kemper Center to Southport Park and even further to the Sand Dunes for great hiking along the lake if you want to extend the excursion.

Alternate Route: Start at HarborPark, but work your way north to Simmons Island then to Carthage College where you can walk through campus. Carthage is home to the Mary Alice Moody Arboretum.

 

Related: LAKE MICHIGAN, PRAIRIE SPRINGS PARK, and SILVER LAKE PARK routes

 

If the great outdoors isn’t your preferred recreation method, take it inside to the Kenosha YMCA where you can purchase a day pass, or use your membership card from any Y location in the U.S. Enjoy an indoor walking/running track, lap pool, rock climbing wall and full fitness center. Sticking to your workout routine is easy — and fun — in the Kenosha Area.

Now, hit the trails!

Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

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