PITTSVILLE, WI (OnFocus) – Outdoor activities are one of the main attractions of Wisconsin. However, you don’t have to be on a the coast of Lake Michigan or the banks of the Mississippi River to find recreation. Pittsville is centrally located between cities like Marshfield, Wisconsin Rapids and Black River Falls making it an ideal location to stop and check out some of the outdoor activities the area surrounding the city has to offer. Here’s a few places that might peak your interest:
- North Wood County Park – A short drive North on County HWY A from Pittsville will lead you to one of Wood County’s many parks. The park is outfitted with a pavilion, fishing spots, camping, disk golf course, swimming area, hiking trails and more. The park is located on 172 acres on the banks of the Yellow River. Two small artificial lakes created by dams on the river and a small pine-wooded island provide scenic beauty for the entire area. One of the main attractions of the park is the 225-foot suspension bridge over the Yellow River.
- Powers Bluff County Park – Powers Bluff is a worn down peak of an ancient mountain range which once covered northern Wisconsin. It is comprised almost entirely of solid quartzite, and the highest point of elevation in Wood County. The south 80 acres of the park is listed on the National Register of Historic places as a Native American Cultural Sensitivity Area with preserved Native American dance rings, and burial grounds. The park has four tubing hill runs and three downhill skiing runs for winter activities. Powers Bluff is also currently going through a multi-million dollar development project.
- Dexter Park – This park is a camper’s dream as it brings the marine life of Dexter Lake together with the fun of camping. Located six miles South of Pittsville at the intersection of Highways 80 and 54, Dexter Park is an easily accessible area for all families. The campground has 96 campsites (86 electrical sites) and all are outfitted with a blacktop pad for easy setup and take-down of visitors’ campers. Swimming, picnicking, ATV trails, canoeing, and playgrounds are all features you can find at Dexter Park.
- Wood County ATV Trails – Wood County boasts an extensive structure of ATV trails and access points. Riders can enjoy trails anywhere from Marshfield, to Black River Falls, to Auburndale. A full map of Wood County ATV trails can be viewed here.
- Riverside Park – Located right in Pittsville, this area gets its name from its border with the Yellow River. This park has tennis and basketball courts, kayaking, canoeing, disc golf, fishing, and a walking trail. The park can be found right behind Pittsville High School.
Details on all these parks and more can be found by going to the Wood County Parks Department website.
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