Pedal to Paddle: Explore Walworth County by Land and Water

Dust off those paddles and grease up your bike chains, its finally time to enjoy the great outdoors! Luckily, Walworth County is packed with great biking trails and kayaking spots where you can not only be active but spend some time in the fresh air. Read on to learn about some of our favorite spots to explore Walworth County by land or water:

Pedal

Adventure Center at Grand Geneva Resort
Spend an afternoon in the great outdoors at the Adventure Center Grand Geneva. With trail distances ranging from .5 to 5 miles, these trails are perfect for every level of cyclist.
Trail Distance: .5 – 5 miles

Alpine Valley Mountain Bike Trail
Even the most seasoned cyclists will be challenged by the Mountain Bike Trail at Alpine Valley Resort! From the start, the trail is an ascending, leg-burning climb in the trees up the side of the ski hill. After you go around the excavation pit, miles of twists, turns, punchy climbs, and fast descents await.
Trail Distance: 8.1 miles

Big Foot Beach State Park
Featuring six gentle trails, Big Foot Beach State Park offers a variety of scenery through open meadow, forest, and stream. State Park Vehicle Admission Sticker or Trail Pass required.
Trail Distance: .5 – 6.5 miles

Fontana-Sharon Cycling Loop
Starting off in Sharon, explore Walworth County by bike along the Fontana Cycling Loop. This 23.3 mile stretch of highway riding will take you past country farms and the glimmering lake shore.
Trail Distance: 23.3 miles

Bike Trails at Lake Geneva Ziplines & Adventures
Pick up the pace on miles mountain biking of trails offering beginner, intermediate and expert levels. The trails wind through the forest and feature obstacles on the intermediate and expert level routes include ladder bridges, jumps and switchbacks that make it a regional favorite.
Trail Distance: .9 – 3.25 miles

Swan Creek Trail
This graveled pedestrian and bike path current connects Lange Arboretum, Veteran’s Park, Terrace Park, Rudy Lange Sledding Hill, Lower Springs Park and Upper Springs Park.
Trail Distance: 1 mile  

Kettle Moraine State Forrest – Southern Unit
From the youngest beginner to the most avid professional, 30 miles of trail offers some of the best off-road biking in the Midwest. State Park Trail Pass required.
Trail Distance: .4 miles – 12 miles

White River State Trail
This 19-mile trail follows a former rail corridor as it travels between Elkhorn in Walworth County and Dover in Racine County, with a short gap in Burlington. The level grade and smooth limestone surface make this 19-mile trail suitable for bicyclists, walkers and joggers. State Park Trail Pass required.
Trail Distance: 19 miles

Paddle

Big Foot Beach State Park
With direct access to the crystal clear waters of Geneva Lake, Big Foot Beach State Park is a very popular paddling spot. Visitors can also paddle the Ceylon Lagoon within the State Park boundaries. Visitors must have State Park Admission Pass.

Booth Lake – East Troy
Spend a day on the water at Booth Lake in East Troy. Situated just a few minutes off of Highway 43, you’ll find a kayker’s oasis on this secluded lake.

Edgewater Park – Williams Bay
Nothing beats paddling the shores of the Bay! With kayak and canoe launches located in Edgewater Park, lake access is a breeze. While you’re out on the water, enjoy the scenic shoreline featuring iconic Walworth County institutions including the Yerkes Observatory and George Williams College!

Honey Creek Streambank Protection Area
Just south of East Troy, Honey Creek Streambank Protection Area runs through northeastern Walworth County.

Lake Comus – Delavan
Lake Comus is a hidden gem for kayakers and canoers alike! This 114 acre lake, on Delavan’s North Side, is a popular place for fishing and floating.

Turtle Creek Wildlife Area
If you’re a fan of rare wildlife and gently rolling creeks, Turtle Creek Wildlife Area is a great spot for paddling. Here you’ll paddle under covered bridges, through Wisconsin farmland, and historic forrests.

White River
Meandering, twisty, narrow, fast, rocky, and remote; these are commonly used words when describing the float down the White River. Running between Elkhorn and Burlington, This is a fantastic stretch of waterway is perfect for whitewater enthusiasts. Most of the final seven miles are nearly continuous riffles, class 1 and class 2 rapids.

Whitewater Lake
The hidden gem of Walworth County, Whitewater Lake offers kayakers the opportunity to paddle into the great Wisconsin Wilderness. Whitewater Lake is part of the Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit

For more information on Sports and Recreation areas in Walworth County, head over
to our website at VisitWalworthCounty.com. Happy exploring!

**State Trail Passes are available for purchase at the Travel Information Center in Delavan, Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

Spring Break or Bust: 10 Itinerary Ideas

After a bone chilling winter, the snow has started to thaw and signs of spring are popping up left and right here in Walworth County. Meaning, its officially time to plan for Spring Break! We’ve put together our list of top 10 activities and adventures for your getaway to the Lake Geneva area and beyond:

#1 Explore Walworth County From Great Heights
Don’t let you Spring Break zip on by! Book a day full of high ropes, ziplines, and adventure at Lake Geneva Ziplines and Adventures. Save up to 40% with code “SPRING21”.

#2 Make A Splash
Slide into Spring Break with a splash with a daycation at Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark in Lake Geneva. Stay for just the day with their Daycation package or save up to 40% when you book a Spring Break getaway package.

#3 Giddy Up
Explore the Kettle Moraine Southern Unit by horseback. Join the expert guides at 3L Wild Ranch for a tour unlike any other where. Call (920) 251-1989 for more information and booking.

#4 Nail It!
Get your craft on this Spring Break at Nailed It DIY Studio in Elkhorn. Choose from hundreds of DIY projects to make in the studio space with everything you need at your fingertips. Be sure to snap a selfie with your finished project.

#5 Take The Scenic Route
Enjoy the fresh air and wind on your face during a scenic bike ride throughout Walworth County. Take on an easy trek through the beautiful White River Trail or challenge yourself on the 12 mile Mountain Bike Trails at Alpine Valley Resort.

#6 Solve A Mystery
Can you escape the Gangsters Gamble with time to spare? Put your minds together and tackle the escape rooms at Lake Geneva Clue Room!

#7 Appreciate Our Artistic Roots
Add some culture to your Spring Break getaway by visiting Gallery 223’s Spring Show. Enjoy incredible pieces from local artists and take a one of a kind treasure home with you at the artisan market in the heart of Downtown Lake Geneva.

#8 Be Mystified by Magic
Treat yourselves to a mystifying performance by Illusionist Tristan Crist during your getaway to the Lake Geneva area. Catch performances at Tristan Crist Magic Theatre every Friday and Saturday evenings through April.

#9 Sip Your Way Through Walworth County
Spend the day sampling the many craft beverage offerings Walworth County has to offer. Whether you’re into wine, craft beer, or distilled spirits, you’re sure to find your new favorite right here in the Lake Geneva Area. Stop by 841 Brewhouse, AEppeltrow Winery, Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company, East Troy Brewery, Northleaf Winery, Staller Estate Winery, and Studio Winery + Geneva Lake Distilling for a taste.

#10 Relax and Reset
After a year of nonstop Zoom calls and distance learning, you deserve a day dedicated to rest and relaxation at the Avani Spa at The Abbey Resort. Treat yourself to a Springtime Splendor Package which includes a 50 minute relaxation massage, seasonal scrub, pedicure, and unlimited access to spa amenities for just $225.

With this list, you’re sure to have a jam packed vacation with fun around every corner. Be sure to take a peek at our featured Spring Break Getaway Specials at your favorite hotels and resorts by visiting our latest blog post here. For more Spring Break inspo, getaway packages, and events, visit our website at VisitWalworthCounty.com!

Winter Fun in 2021

Winter is officially upon us in Walworth County! The low temperatures and sparkling snow have arrived and are here to stay. Get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of winter while Ice Skating, Sledding, Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Snowmobiling:

Ice Skating

Lace up your skates and hit the ice for a day of Ice Skating. These skating rinks are perfect for beginners and seasoned skaters alike.

Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort

Reservations: Advance reservations required due to limited capacity. Purchase your ticket online on the day you plan to skate at The Mountain Top. Tickets will not be available for sale prior to the day of due to weather dependency

Cost: $5 ticket for a 1.5-hour time slot / $10 ticket with skate rental for 1.5 hour time slot

Hours: Weekend: 9-10:30am, 11am-12:30pm, 1-2:30pm, 3-4:30pm, 5-6:30pm and 8-8:30pm
Weekday: Noon-1:30pm, 2-3:30pm, 4-5:30pm, 6-7:30pm

Harbor Patio Ice Rink at The Abbey Resort

Reservations: Not required. Weather dependent.

Cost: Complimentary for Resort Guests / $2 Rental Fee for Non-Guests

Hours: 10am-7pm

Lions Park Ice Rink in Williams Bay

The ice rink will be located at the Lions Park tennis courts.

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free. Supply your own skates

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-Sundown, Friday-Sunday 10am-8pm.

Veterans Park on the Elkhorn Square

Skate on the square in Downtown Elkhorn.

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free. Supply your own skates.

Hours: 10am-8pm

Geneva National Ice Rink

The fully lighted outdoor rink at Geneva National brings back-to-basic joy to this classic winter pastime. Hot chocolate and other seasonal concessions available. 

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Rental Fees:
Overnight Hotel Guests: Complimentary
Public $25
GN Community Residents $20
GN Members $15
*Rentals to public not available Friday and Saturday

Hours: Monday-Thursday 4-9pm, Friday 3-10:30pm, Saturday 11am-10:30pm, Sunday 11am-8pm

Sledding

Sledding is practically an official Winter Sport here in Walworth County. Grab your sleds and we’ll race yah to the bottom!

Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort

Reservations: Limited capacity will be available on the sledding hill. Purchase your ticket online in advance. 

Cost: $5 ticket for a 1.5-hour time slot / $10 rental fee for 1.5 hours

Hours: Weekend: 9-10:30am, 11am-12:30pm, 1-2:30pm, 3-4:30pm, 5-6:30pm and 8-8:30pm
Weekday: Noon-1:30pm, 2-3:30pm, 4-5:30pm, 6-7:30pm

City of Lake Geneva Sledding Hill – Sage St & Mill St, Lake Geneva

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: Posted 4-10pm daily.

Rudy Lange Sledding Hill –  Washington St & Terrace St, Delavan

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: Posted 8am-10pm daily.

Beverly Jo Park – 367 Dunford Dr., Burlington

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: 8am-7pm daily.

Geneva National Sledding Hill

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Overnight Hotel Guests Complimentary, Public $15, GN Community Residents $10, GN Members Complimentary
*Rentals not available to public Friday and Saturday

Hours: Monday-Thursday 4-9pm, Friday 3-10:30pm, Saturday 11am-10:30pm, Sunday 11am-8pm

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Calling all skiers and snowboarders! Hit the slopes this season at your favorite ski hills and resorts.

The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort

The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa boasts 20 downhill ski runs and terrain designed for all ages, groups and abilities. Learn more by visiting GrandGeneva.com

Reservations: Lift tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Hours: Monday-Thursday (non-holiday): 12-9pm
Friday-Sunday (non-holiday): 9am-10pm
Holidays: 9am-10pm

Cost: Friday-Sunday (non-holiday): $55 Adult / $39 Child
Monday-Thursday (non-holiday): $40 Adult / $23 Child
Holidays: $60 Adult / $42 Child

Rental Equipment Available for Fee. Lessons open for booking.


Alpine Valley Resort

Alpine Valley Resort offers some of the most diverse skiing and snowboarding terrain in the Midwest. Featuring over 90 acres of skiable terrain and a vertical drop of 388 feet spread out over 20 runs, the terrain is filled with mature trees and a rolling landscape providing diverse skiing opportunities for all ages and abilities.

Reservations: Guests must purchase lift tickets upon arrival at front gate.

Cost: Full Day Weekends and Holidays: $79 All Areas / $60 Beginner Areas
Full Day Weekdays: $65 All Areas / $50

Rates may fluctuate. Check pricing online prior to visit.

Hours: Weekends and Holidays: 9am-10pm
Weekdays: 10am-10pm

Rental Equipment available for fee. Lessons open for booking.

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

For those who like to take in the beauty of winter at a more relaxed pace, Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing might be for you.

The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort

Take on more than 5 miles of beautiful trails while Cross Country Skiing or Snowshoeing. Trail Passes are required.

Reservations: Trail Pass Required. Purchase pass day of.

Cost: Trail Pass $10 / Equipment Rental $15

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 12-9pm
Friday-Sunday: 9am-10pm

Cross Country Skiing Trails at Big Foot Beach State Park

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Vehicle Admission Sticker Required. Must provide own equipment. Weather dependent.

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: Sun up – Sundown

Cross Country Skiing Trails at Duck Pond Recreation Area

Must provide own equipment. Weather dependent.

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: Sun up – Sundown

Cross Country Skiing Trails at White River State Trail

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Free

Hours: Sun up – Sundown

Snowshoeing at Geneva National

Snowshoe by daylight or candlelight on the iconic Player and Palmer courses with views of Lake Como!

Reservations: Open to the public.

Cost: Overnight Hotel Guests Complimentary, Public $35, GN Community Residents $30, GN Members $25
*Rentals not available to public Friday and Saturday

Hours: Monday-Thursday 4-9pm, Friday 3-10:30pm, Saturday 11am-10:30pm, Sunday 11am-8pm

Snowmobiling

For information regarding Walworth County Snowmobile Trails, visit WalworthCountySnow.com.

Whether you’re skating, snowshoeing, or skiing, explore more of Walworth County’s great outdoors this winter. For more winter activities and events visit our Event Calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com.