The gorgeous village of Cambridge, WI is composed of expansive farm fields, century-old buildings, interesting galleries and retail shops that sell every product imaginable. If you come here to relax and unwind, head to one of its selections of beautiful nature parks, most of which you'll find along the shores of the Lake Ripley. While staying at your Cambridge Bed and Breakfast, be sure to visit these parks.
Cam-Rock Park I, II and III
This is an extensive park system comprised of three mini parks. It is managed by the Cambridge Foundation and Dane County Parks. This 500-acre spread of land is located along Koshkonong Creek. It serves as a link between the Rockdale and Cambridge villages. You can enjoy a vast array of recreational activities including hiking, cross country skiing, picnicking, biking and wildlife viewing. There are also picnic pavilions, playground areas, rain gardens and shelter houses around the park that you'll want to explore.
Along the western shoreline of Lake Ripley, you'll find Ripley Park, a peaceful open ground owned by the Cambridge Foundation and operated by the Cambridge Community Activities Program. The park has a public beach and clear waters, perfect for anyone who's looking into getting a tan or go for a refreshing swim. The entire park measures 18 acres, and you can experience recreational opportunities like hiking, picnicking and birdwatching. The park also has tennis courts, a basketball court, volleyball court and a children's playground. You can also go fishing and boating. Make sure you pay a visit to this park during your stay at a Cambridge inn.
Westside Park is also very popular among locals and tourists. It is often frequented by ice skaters, sledders and picnickers. Aside from the beautiful views, interesting ancient trees and wonderful amenities like the children's playground, the park offers an incredibly tranquil atmosphere, perfect for relaxation. This park is located in the south of other interesting attractions like Rowe Pottery.
Glacial Drumlin Bike Trail
This one is more of a biking trail than a park, but it's worth mentioning because this nature trail is abundant with scenic views. This winding bike trail, which extends 47.2 miles from Cottage Grove to Waukesha, follows the old Chicago and Northwestern Railway that operated during the 1880s. The bike trail also passes through different villages like London, Lake Mills, Deerfield, and Jefferson, apart from Cambridge.
Red Cedar Lake Park
This is paradise for any nature lover. The shoreline along Red Cedar Lake is truly eye candy. You can have a quiet picnic by the lake, observe interesting creatures of the wild or challenge yourself into a long and winding hiking adventure.