We hiked the Hemlock Trail in Wisconsin’s Potawatomi State Park in August and found this trail to be very peaceful. Bugs were very minimal, shade covered at least 85% of this trail and very little of the trail is paved.
The trail starts are picnic parking lot #2 in the park. There is ample parking here and restrooms at the trail head.
Signage is marked along most of the trail by a hemlock branch on a white square sign located on trees. Although, not all of the trail is clearly marked…..so its not the best mapped trail WI has to offer in my opinion.
There are also trail maps with arrows letting you know “you are here” along the way but we found that some were outdated and incorrect. My advise would be to ask for a current trail map upon entering the park and bring it with you.
This trail starts out along the water and quickly brings you deep into a forested area, past some campsites and back round in a complete loop to parking area #2 where you began. In the park guide they claim this trail is 2.6 miles long. We, however, did not track this hike so I can not give you an accurate mileage.
This trail has little elevation, is mainly flat with many roots crossing the path. Trekking poles may be a good idea or even a branch found in the forest may be helpful.
I would rate this as an easy family hike.