Bong State Recreation Area Hosts First Day Hike |


BRIGHTON – Richard Bong State Recreation Area, 26313 Burlington Road, will host a day one hike from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, January 1.

The public is invited to usher in the new year with a guided hike led by the Bong Naturalists Association and the park naturalist.

Participants should meet at the Welcome Center. Dogs are allowed with a maximum leash of 8 feet.

After some time on the trail, participants can enjoy a warming fire and hot chocolate/hot cider ($1) at shelter 1. Park information for 2022 will be available. For more information, visit

Also at Bong, there’s an outdoor Storywalk, described as “an innovative way for kids and adults to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time.”

Laminated pages of the children’s book “I am a leaf” by Jean Marzollo are hung on posts, installed along the nature trail. Hikers are looking for the next page in history. Additional activities such as scavenger hunts, art projects, snack ideas and action games are also included to help people explore nature and learn about leaves. People can bring their phone or camera to take photos of the additional activities that are posted.

The 0.7 mile trail begins just behind the Visitor Center. Note: Dogs are not permitted on this trail.

Bong, 26313 Burlington Road, is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The hike is free, but a state park vehicle admission sticker is required to enter the park. Call 262-878-5601 for more information.


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