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:
*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!