Ferry Bluffs

Location: Wisconsin
Trip Starts: Ferry Bluff Road
Total Distance: 0.9 mile
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Trails Used: Ferry Bluffs Trail
Trail Traffic: Moderate
More Information:

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S. Webster Street
PO Box 7921
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7921


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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