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“Beautiful, diverse trail, not recommended for small children, or after a hard rain!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Eagle Trail

Eagle Trail
Ranked #13 of 27 things to do in Fish Creek
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful, diverse trail, not recommended for small children, or after a hard rain!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

This trail is diverse, with open spaces, trees, wild raspberries, thimble berries, wild flowers, rock formations, caves, long expanses of beach!

The difficulty rating is not so much exertion or energy levels required so much as footing and attention to the trail which is required to navigate it safely. NEVER take this trail if there has been a recent hard rain! I have been on this trail many, many times. We have a summer home in Fish Creek. It is my favorite trail... but the lower levels of it are riddled with tree roots and rocks, both of which are seriously dangerous footing when wet, so beware, and if you can, take a hiking stick when you go just in case it rained the day before you got there and it's still wet.

So, choose your "Hard". The trail is rated difficult, but here's the deal. There are two trailheads, if you want an easier work out, take the trailhead that begins a short distance to the left of the lookout tower (if you were standing in front of it). This begins by a steady descent in an open area, when the trail enters the wooded section you will need to mind your footfalls as the path becomes riddled with tree roots and rocks. Because of this, I do not recommend this trail for children who have not reached an age and understanding of the need to walk mindfully. A child who likes to run freely ahead of you would not do well on this trail, and you would not enjoy it with a child who does so, as you would be too concerned for their safety.

The trails winds along the forest floor between the bluffs and the water, you will see small caves, fallen trees, very interesting root formations, trees bent from the wind, rocky shorelines, cairns which others have built that will beckon you to join the fun and build your own cairns to mark your visit here.

The ascent from this direction is not so difficult, and is rather funky, in places, as you climb natural steps up the face of the bluff. The ascent from this direction is far easier than from the other, (so if you want a more challenging workout BEGIN your workout, by taking the trailhead that is across from the parking lot of the tower, or walking to the right of the tower and finding the place where this trail intersects the road.)

All in all, my favorite trail in Door County and one of two favorite trails in WI. The other being St. Peter's Dome/ Morgan Falls in Ashland Co.

Visited September 2013
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Wisconsin
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83 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Labyrinth views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

We really enjoyed this trail. It may be a close second to our favorite Wisconsin State Park, with Wild Cat State Park along the Kickapoo River winning that honor. The park has this labeled as a "difficult" trail. Exertion wise, it's not hard if you do a moderate amount of hiking. However, you will have to watch your feet a lot as you're stepping over seriously-woven roots and climbing up/down some rocky areas. Of all the trails we hiked in Peninsula State Park, this was one of the most rewarding, views' wise, as you're walking between walls of bluffs and caves on one side and the water on the other side. The tree roots are really fascinating, and there are spots where you feel like you're in that crazy '80s movie the Labyrinth.

Visited October 2013
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Wisconsin
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26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Enjoyed this trail. Took our two dogs along.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

Great trail. We took our two little dogs along. Very scenic and rocky.

I would not do it in the rain.

Visited September 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Favorite trail”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

Love this hike. Have for years. Views r beautiful. Walk it fast n u have a work out. Confusing for newbies as no one knows where some of the trail heads are. Little kids need assistance and have seen plenty of meltdowns over the years but we always did this as a family hike.

Visited September 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great hiking trail”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013 via mobile

We went specifically to this park for this trail. It was not as difficult as I expected - lots of rocky areas and roots but still easy to manage. It rained while we were half way through so our hike was rushed. Wonderful way to spend a few hours though.

Visited September 2013
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