Birdwatching in Wisconsin is a popular, all-inclusive pastime. All you need is a little bit of curiosity, a pair of binoculars, and maybe a touch of patience. There are more than 400 bird species in the state of Wisconsin, due to the abundance of forests and lake and river shorelines—not to mention our amazing state parks and wilderness preserves.
It just so happens that Sparta, WI is a part of the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail, which is one of the best places for birdwatching, hands down. This segment of the trail is a 32.5-mile stretch from Elroy to Sparta and it cuts through farmland, wetlands, forests, and prairies with three historic 300 year old railroad tunnels along the way.
Our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast is situated on 200 acres of rolling green hills, forested trails, and farmland. If you’re a fan of birdwatching or curious about giving it a try, you can start on your stay here. Outdoor recreation is a big part of our Inn, you’ll find so many outside areas to explore (all of which are pet-friendly), plus our 18-basket Disc Golf course, our awesome outdoor bon fire area, and a great many birdwatching hotspots. Check our availability and book today!
Our Grounds Offer the Best Birdwatching Near Sparta, WI
As a guest with us, you’ll have access to our surrounding eco-friendly acreage, which encompasses woodlands, ponds, and organic farmland. Yearly, we catch a glimpse of around 70 species of birds here including Woodpeckers, Warblers, Thrush, and Flycatchers. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear or see owls and raptors, as well. If you’re interesting in getting started in the field of birdwatching, feel free to ask us for some tips.
For other trails and areas for birdwatching near Sparta, WI, check out these spots:
- Elroy-Sparta State Trail: While this is a very popular trail for hiking and biking, you’ll be sure to see a variety of local birds and wildlife. A big draw here are the three historic railroad tunnels along the way. Pro tip: bring a flashlight! The tunnels can be completely dark inside.
- La Crosse River State Trail: This 22-mile hike is directly linked to the Elroy-Sparta trail, but this one connects west from Sparta to La Crosse. You’ll pass through prairies blooming with wildflowers, attracting grassland birds as well as pretty butterflies.
- Wildcat Mountain State Park: There are around 21-miles of hiking trails at this park in the Kickapoo Valley. This area has one of the most dense forest areas of the Driftless Region—creating the perfect habitat for birdwatching. Various Warblers, Flycatchers, Cuckoos, and Eagles are common varieties you might happen upon.
- Kickapoo Valley Reserve: Coming in at around 8,600-acres of wetland, grassy open areas, and forests, this is an ideal spot to view birds. There are many trails varying in length and difficulty for all levels of outdoor adventurers. The Kickapoo River is also a popular spot for kayaking and canoeing, which is also a fantastic way to check out the water fowl and shorebirds.
- Berg Prairie and Billy Goat Ridge State Natural Area: Just a 20 minute scenic drive from our Inn, this natural area is a lovely spot for birdwatching and hiking through prairie lands and forest. Numerous varieties of Oak, white birch, and hickory trees provide ample habitat for local wildlife.
- Mill Buff State Park: This park is home to towering sandstone bluffs surrounded by rugged forests. This area is of significant importance to the study of the Ice Age. These enormous cliffs used to be islands in glacial Lake Wisconsin, but now it’s home to Turkey Vultures, Hawks, Eagles, and many more bird species. This is also a nice picnic area, so you can make a day of it.
Our Rustic Retreat is the Best Lodging near Sparta, WI
Justin Trails Resort is far from your cookie cutter style of lodging, from our rustic log cabins and private cottages to our elegant suites and garden rooms, you’ll find a perfect space for everyone. What’s more, if you’re looking to go even a bit more rustic we have unique campsites available, too. Whichever you choose, we absolutely can’t wait to host you at our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast in the heart of the Driftless Region.
Another perk of staying with us is our beautiful home made breakfast spread each morning served in The Lodge on our resort. Our cozy dining room will bring you back to the days of summer vacations with your family with hearty egg dishes, fresh baked breads or scones, and heaping bowls of seasonal fruits. It’s the type of meal you’ll want before a day exploring our grounds and the many beautiful surrounding areas. Start planning your summer getaway today and book your room!