Jersey Valley County Park
Loop Trail

Jersey Valley

The Jersey Valley loop trail follows the perimeter of a lake formed at the junction of two valleys.

The trail has a few steep climbs and descents and travels mostly through open pine forest and dense leafy trees, though occasionally the foliage thins to a flower filled clearing.
This is a beautiful trail - well constructed and easy to follow, with sights worth seeing both near and far.

From the Junction of Interstate Hwy 61 and WI-27 just north of Westby Wisconsin, take WI-27 northeast for 2.7 miles to Cty Rd. X.
Turn right onto Cty Rd. X and go 1 mile to the Jersey Valley County Park parking lot.
Coordinates for the hike: 43.6901800,-90.8000060
Parking / Trailhead amenities
The parking lot is paved and level. Adjacent to the lot there is a a drinking fountain and faucet, a pit toilet, a picnic area, and swimming beach.
Trail observations
The trail leaves directly from the parking lot, just to the right of the outhouse.
The trail immediately ascends through a dense leafy forest, paralleling the entrance road to your right. At the top of the ascent, the trail turns and joins with the road. At this point, you need to follow the road downhill about 80 feet till you pick up the trail again as it exits on the left side of the road.
The trail is moderately hard as there are several ascents and descents. Sections of the trail could be muddy in the spring and after heavy rains. Generally the trail is wide enough for two people to walk side by side. At the far end of the loop there is a small loop trail that could be taken that traverses a meadow.
When documenting this hike I chose to skip the small loop because it was buggy in the low meadow, and I wanted to follow the trail to higher and cooler ground as quickly as I could.
Trail statistics
The trail is 3.25 miles long. The sum of all the uphill climbs is 291 feet.
Trail waypoints
0.00 miTrailhead Trailhead
0.01 miRoad crossingApproaching the road crossing
0.02 miRight on roadTake a right and follow the road
0.05 miOn roadGo 80 feet downhill on the road to the trail on the left
0.07 miExit leftTrail as it exits the road
0.48 miLeft turnLeft turn
0.90 miClearingClearing
0.93 miLeft turnLeft turn
1.35 miBenchBench
1.70 miGulleyCrossing a gulley
2.05 miGo rightPrairie intersection - go right
2.09 miBridgeBridge crossing
2.48 miGo rightGo right, downhill around the gate
2.48 miGateGo around the gate
3.01 miCross the damClimbing the dam - go right
3.25 miEnd of trailTrail end
Trail map - Loop Trail
Altitude chart - Loop Trail End of trail
Difficulty: Moderate
Terrain : Hilly
Trail surface: Dirt
Trail surface: Grassy
Type: Loop
View: Shoreline
View: Wooded
County: Vernon
State: Wisconsin
Country: United States of America
Vernon County Parks and Forest page
Printable trail map in PDF format (45 Mb download)
Printable trail map in PNG format (5 Mb download)
Waypoints in CSV format
Waypoints in KML format
Instructions on using a trail description page
Instructions on using a trail map printout
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