The Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive is a joy to explore. Visitors love the beauty and varied terrain of southeast Wisconsin. You can begin your special adventure at Whitewater Lake and travel north to Elkhart Lake, taking in the scenic beauty on the way. Signs mark the route so you won’t get lost.
Traveling through six counties and viewing so much of the Kettle Moraine State Forest gives you the opportunity to forge out an itinerary that appeals to you and your family. Visit historic sites, experience superior outdoor recreation in the parks, or simply marvel at the views. This 115-mile drive has it all!
On an RV trip along this scenic route, history buffs will enjoy numerous sites that help you relive the past as if you were there. Stop at Old World Wisconsin to see the re-creation of immigrants’ settlements in America’s heartland. This outdoor museum highlights farms, fields of oxen, wood-burning stoves and much more. Hands-on activities bring it even more to life. In Greenbush, visit the Wade House, an early stagecoach inn. If you are there on Civil War Weekend, you will experience the exciting clash between Confederate and Union troops, a re-enactment of an 1860 battle.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find so many spots for great hiking, biking, swimming, fishing and so many other recreational activities. You’ll be passing through both the northern and southern units of Kettle Moraine State Forest. Get out there in the forest and take one or all six self-guided nature hikes. Some more history will present itself on the one-mile loop at Stute Springs, where you’ll discover the foundations of a large farm and springhouse. Plenty of activities for the kids too, so if you have your children with you, you will want them to participate.
The Kettle Moraine area has lovely but rugged lands that inspire and intrigue. At Carlin Weld – Jefferson County Park you can get in some more hiking, study the natural world surrounding you and have a quiet picnic. The Glacial Drumlin State Trail winds for an incredible 52 miles across Wisconsin’s glacial-carved topography. This rail trail is asphalt for 13 of its miles, crushed stone the rest of the way. It all makes for easy hiking, and much of it is perfect for inline skating or biking.
Bike, boat or picnic or all three at Nashotah – Waukesha County Park, further along on your RV travels. Hike the popular Old Plank Road Trail or jog, skate, horseback ride or ride a bike. This trail accommodates them all. Paralleling Highway 23 from Sheboygan, you will hook up with the famous Ice Age Trail in Kettle Moraine State Forest. Broughton Marsh is another popular destination. There are both indoor and outdoor sports here, and plenty of campsites with boat rentals and a launch ramp.
Be sure not to miss the small communities along the way on your motorhome vacation. In Hartford you can stop to see the Hartford Auto Museum and in Slinger, you can stop for the Slinger Speedway experience of the fastest quarter-mile track in the world. More historical education is available in Greenbush, where the Wesley Jung Carriage Museum offers the largest collection of carriages and wagons in Wisconsin.
An RV adventure through Wisconsin holds many treasured moments that make your vacation even more special. The Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive is a drive not to be missed.