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Learn the ways of Native Americans while hiking the Wild Floods & Medicine Trail.

Wild Foods & Medicine Trail is a 0.7-mile self-guided hike through gently rolling terrain where visitors learn about Native American natural cures. Information stops tell of the medicinal qualities of common shrubs and trees that grow in the park's sandy soils. Hikers will learn that the Chippewa Indians used white pine needles to relieve congestion and that the Menominee Indians made tea from the inner bark of young trees to relieve cold and flu symptoms. Slippery elm was a popular treatment for coughs and steeped raspberry leaves where used for sore throats.

Directions: From Lake Denton, WI, Travel I-90 to the US 12 exit. Proceed half a mile south on US 12 turning west on Fern Dell Road and continuing 1.5 miles to the park entrance. A parking area on the right side of the road across from the first camping area provides trail access.

Distance: 0.7 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Mirror Lake State Park, Wisconsin

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