Discover Rock County,

Discover Rock County, Wisconsin

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Living Rock County, Wisconsin.

Rock County is known as Wisconsin’s front porch. The name originated from a reference that Native American and New England area settlers coined for a prominent rock that jutted out from the Rock River. This rock still remains visible in Janesville's Monterey Park. Whatever the season,

Rock County has an exciting range of outdoor related activities that locals and visitors can enjoy! Whether you're into biking, hiking, horseback riding or simply enjoy taking a walk along the Ice Age Trail … there are miles of trails that wind throughout the County. You can also get those steps in on one of our many golf courses that challenge players of all abilities - from beginner to professional. If you enjoy water sports, boating, kayaking, tubing, swimming … there are various waterways that stretch throughout the County representing creeks, lakes, ponds and rivers. And, of course, Rock County also offers fishing opportunities during all seasons of the year.

Top 12 Things To Do In Rock Country, Wisconsin

1. Fun on the Water

Whether you are into fishing, kayaking, boating, tubing, swimming or just taking a stroll by the water, Rock County has many public places to enjoy. There are over 15 lakes for fishing, some big enough for kayaks or canoes. The Rock and Sugar Rivers wind through the county, each having multiple locations to fish, put in a kayak or canoe. There are several boat launches along the Rock River. Tubing down the Sugar River is a must do in the Summer!

2. Logging the Miles

There are miles and miles of biking and walking trails, including over 21 miles of the Ice Age Trail, throughout the county. Spring through Fall there are multiple events and races to walk, run or bike along the scenic trails as well as through the downtown areas of several of the towns. Take a break to enjoy a craft brew or light lunch along the trails!

3. Supper Clubs, a Wisconsin Tradition!

Wisconsin has a unique tradition - the Supper Club. Rock County hosts at least seven supper clubs for your dining enjoyment. Not only will you have an incredible meal, but you can take the scenic roads to many of these hidden gems. We love to try out the Brandy Old Fashioned Sweets at every one we patron. Check out Fredricks for an incredible steak, Ding-A-Ling for a tasty Fish Fry, and Benedetti's for their "Ice Cream Drinks"!

4. Camping

Rock County is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts who love to explore lakes, rivers, forests and scenic landscapes. Camping is one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of Rock County. There are several public and private campsites to book and enjoy, some year round!

5. Parades, Community Events & Festivals

Some of the most attended events throughout the County are the small town parades and community events. Nearly all the towns hold July 4th, Homecoming and special parades throughout the year. Whatever the season, there is always something to do! One of our favorite memories was the horse drawn carriage ride during the Old Fashioned Christmas celebration.

6. Celebrating our Farmers

Rock County is predominantly rural countryside and farmland. To celebrate our rich heritage, people can attend Dairy breakfasts, farmer's markets and the Rock River Thresheree to enjoy great food, live music, ride tractors and learn about conservation and working the land!

7. Wind Therapy

Riddled with winding, rural rustic country roads, Rock County is a great place to ride. There are biker friendly bar and grills in nearly every town and a few places in between. You can't go a day (during good weather) without seeing a motorcycle, slingshot, trike, classic car or convertible on the roads. From May through October there are a number of cruise nights, charitable rides and charitable cruises to participate in.

8. Parks

There are over 150 parks and over 4,000 acres of total parkland within Rock County. From the hike-able Magnolia Bluffs, to the equestrian trails of Gibbs Lake and Happy Hollow Park, to the incredible climbing structures for kids at Peace Park, there is a park for anyone wanting time outdoors.

9. Pumpkins, Apples and Corn Mazes, Oh My!

Rock County hosts many fall festivals, contests and community events full of apple cider, games and a whole lot of fun! You can't miss Chilimania in Edgerton or the apple canon and corn maze at Skelleys. Apple cider donuts, corn roasts and crazy chili recipes are family favorites!

10. Local Crafts

Local wineries, breweries, cheesemakers and various artisans are always a hit! Every Christmas, we send Wisconsin made cheese, sausage, wine or beer, or artisan craft to our families out of state. They always love getting unique gifts, made only in Wisconsin! The Maple Bourbon Goat cheese is a family favorite. Fermenting Cellars Winery, Rock County Brewing Company, Gray's Brewing Company, Timber Hill Winery are just a few of the local made crafts.

11. Car Shows

Between April and October, there are numerous car shows and Cars & Coffee events for automotive enthusiasts who not only enjoy seeing vintage cars, but who also enjoy joining a car cruise for charity. It's not uncommon for small communities to put on a tractor pull, car cruise and bike cruise to raise money for a local family who suffered a tragedy. It's a fantastic way to come together to support each other and have fun while doing it!

12. Skiing & Winter Festivities

You can't live in Wisconsin without embracing the winters! Skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing are enjoyed by many. Several of the towns and county roads are available for ATVing and snowmobiling. An ice fishing hut can be found on most lakes throughout the county. Some of the top, must-visit ski resorts are within a 1.5 hour drive, such as Tyrol Basin (Mt. Horeb), Cascade Mountain (Portage), Alpine Valley (Elkhorn), Grand Geneva (Lake Geneva), and Little Switzerland (Slinger). Within a short drive families can enjoy winter sports and still be home for dinner and relaxation.

Wisconsin …
where you can have all 4 seasons
in one week.

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