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Flinklock Nature Trail is a limestone packed route popular with day users.

Flintlock Trail is a moderate to challenging interpretive hike that is popular with day users from the West Observation Tower and the family campground. Signs inform hikers about the geology of Blue Mound and how it relates to Niagara Falls. The predominately wooded hike provides an opportunity for visitors to see several fascinating wonders including rock outcroppings that jut from the ground to be encapsulated by earth's mosses and divided by determined trees. Strains of quartz crystals are noticeable on rocks especially during sun drenched days when sparkles dash the landscape. This is a one way in and one way out trail. Retrace steps to point of origination.

Directions: From Mt. Horeb, WI, Take US 18 / 151 west for 3 miles. Turn right (north) onto County F. Follow signs to Blue Mound State Park. When you reach a "T" turn left (west) on County ID. Follow it almost a mile turning right (north) onto Mounds Road which carries you to park entrance. Take the park road 1 mile to West Observation Tower parking lot. (unplowed)

Elevation: 1,700 feet

Elevation Gain: 100 feet

Distance: 1.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

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Blue Mound State Park, Wisconsin

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