Sidie Hollow County Park
Lake Loop Trail

Late fall color along the trail

Sidie Hollow is a 521 acre park formed around two valleys cut by streams that have been dammed to form an 'L' shaped lake.

The lake loop trail follows the perimeter of the lake, crossing two bridges and a dam and providing long views of the lake cradled between wooded hills.
The early morning colors of the sun moving into the misty hollows of the valley is dramatic and joyful. This is an easy hike well worth doing.

From the intersection of WI-56 and Cty Rd. B west of Viroqua Wisconsin, head west 0.6 miles to County Rd XX.
Take a left onto County Rd. XX and follow it 2.8 miles to where County Rd. XX takes a left and heads toward the park office and main campground.
After you have taken the left turn you will still be on County Rd. XX. Follow that 0.7 miles to the parking lot near the trailhead.
Coordinates for the hike: 43.5463450,-90.9602680
Parking / Trailhead amenities
The parking lot is a small paved cul-de-sac at the end of the park road with a small number of parking spots. Just before reaching the cul-de-sac there is a larger parking lot that I think is meant for the campsites that are arrayed along the park road as you approach the lake.
There is a restroom with running water and a drinking fountain in the campgrounds a short distance from the parking lot. There is a shelter with picnic tables immediately adjacent to the lot.
Trail observations
The trail starts a short distance from the parking lot where a bridge crosses a small stream. The bridge is ahead on your left as you face the lake from the parking lot. From there the trail follows the perimeter of the lake all the way back to the parking lot.
At the midway point of the hike there is a boat launch and campground.
Trail statistics
The trail is 2.38 miles long. The sum of all the uphill climbs is 64 feet.
Trail waypoints
0.12 miParkingParking lot
0.16 mi1st BridgeCross the bridge
0.76 miBenchBench
0.97 miDockDock
1.09 miBreakEnter meadow at break and follow the stream on your right
1.09 miLaunchBoat launch Parking
1.10 mi2nd bridgeCross the bridge
1.44 miTrailTrail view
1.57 miOverlookBench overlook
1.57 miDamCross the dam
1.57 miLong viewLooking back towards the trailhead
1.57 miBenchesBenches
1.72 miLake trailFollow the trail along the lake
2.38 miEnd of trailEnd of trail
Trail map - Lake Loop Trail
Altitude chart - Lake Loop Trail Bench Break Launch 2nd bridge Trail Overlook Benches Lake trail End of trail
Difficulty: Easy
Trail surface: Dirt
Trail surface: Grassy
Type: Loop
View: Open
View: Shoreline
View: Wooded
County: Vernon
State: Wisconsin
Country: United States of America
A friend brought an incredible cheese dip from this coop - amazing!
Vernon County's excellent park site
Printable trail map in PDF format (33 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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Area map for Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin (3 additional trails)
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Area map for Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin (-1 additional trail)