THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Trip to Norway In Your Future
Issue Date: July 18, 2019
Piers Gorge " Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to Norway? With its Scandinavian heritage, beautiful mountains, glaciers, and deep coastal fjords, it would make for a great weekend vacation. Thankfully, if you live in Wisconsin or Michigan, you only have to go a few miles to get to Norway! You might not get the same experience as the historic country overseas, however you would still be able to step into an adventurous vacation hotspot.
Piers Gorge Trail is a highlight of this area due to its well-maintained hiking trail that is about two miles long, but you don't have to go far to see why it is so special. About a quarter of a mile up the trail is the main spectacle of Piers Gorge and you will know it when you hear it. The Gorge is named for the way the water falls over the rocks to look like a "pier" and it holds four sets of rapids, that make for great water activities. The biggest of these is an eight-foot drop called Mishicot Falls which comes with some great spots for viewing on the warm, sun-bathed rocks on the ledge of the Gorge.
During the Summer, you can find rafting companies and adventures visitors whitewater raft, kayak, and surf through the waves of Mishicot Falls. One of these companies is Wildman Adventure Resort which was just named Top Three of USA Today's Whitewater Rafting Companies. On every trip for all rafting companies, their customers get to experience the Falls twice and the best viewing times are around 10:00 a.m. daily, but there are trips regularly throughout the day as well. For more information about Wildman visit wildmanresort.com.
This year will be a little tougher for Wisconsites to get to Piers Gorge Trail with the bridge on Hwy 8 under construction. The best way to get to the Gorge is through Niagara and onto Hwy 2, which is only an extra 15-20 minute drive with other waterfalls along the way to see. Do not let the construction stop you and your family from planning a trip today to see the beautiful sights available along this trail! Sunscreen is recommended, along with appropriate footwear as the trails have rocks, roots, and sometimes snakes in your way. Parking requires a permit which is available upon entry and it is highly suggested to use the foot brush station to prevent invasive species. Remember to leave only footprints, take only pictures, and stay tuned for more waterfalls that you can find in the North Woods!