Go, See, Explore: Barkhausen Candlelight Walk

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Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve

My family and I love Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve. The hiking trails are clean, well-marked, and beautiful. Barkhausen has a child sensory wooded area (located right off their parking lot), educational programs in the summer, and has a new and renovated restroom and space for parties. That all aside, Barkhausen also plans seasonal lighted walks that are fun and family-friendly!

Last night, my family and I participated in the self-guided Barkhausen Candlelight Walk. Hundreds of beautifully lit candles lighted our path on the grounds. The trail is about ¾ of a mile long and mostly flat so the distance is very doable for most folks. We completed the loop twice with our 3 and 5-year-olds. We did bring tiny flashlights for the kids to use if they wanted but the candles made the path well lit enough that we didn’t use them.

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by friendly staff, offered hot cocoa (turned down only because the helpful gal admitted it was very hot at the moment) and after we checked in for our reservation, we were on our way! There was also a small bonfire near the check-in for the family to stand near and stay warm.

The event runs from 5 pm – 8 pm and the cost is $5/person (2 and under free). Guests may walk, cross country ski, or snowshoe the path. Snowshoe rentals are $3/child and $5/adult. Pre-registration and payment are required before the event. Call 920-434-2824 to reserve your spot! Dog are permitted for this event; however, dogs are not usually allowed on Barkhausen’s trails.

Remaining dates* for the Barkhausen candlelight walk:
Jan. 28
Feb. 11
Feb. 12
*Dates not listed are stated as FULL as per Barkhausen’s Facebook page.

What a great way to get outdoors, enjoy our beautiful Wisconsin winter, and support our state’s local resources!

Barkhausen Facebook Page
Barkhausen Website
Address: 2024 Lakeview Dr, Suamico, WI 54173

Looking for more winter fun?  Go Sledding or Ice Skating!  

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Amanda was born and raised in Green Bay and returned to the area after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she obtained her degree in psychology and business. Shortly after moving back to Green Bay, Amanda attended Silver Lake College where she completed the master's program in management and organizational behavior. Amanda works full time and when she is not caring for her family or being a focused employee, she enjoys running, biking, skiing and hiking. Amanda lives in Green Bay with her husband and two children. She and her husband look forward to teaching their daughters how to ski and bike and hope their children enjoy being active outdoors. Amanda loves that the Green Bay area has a lot to offer in terms of trail systems (great for biking, running, hiking and skiing!) and Green Bay is conveniently located to some great ski hills all within a few hours drive.