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Lapham Peak, Delafield

#14 of 77 in Wildlife in Wisconsin
Must see · Mountain · Wildlife Area
Lapham Peak is a Wisconsin state park located in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. It is just south of Delafield and seven miles (11 km) west of Waukesha. The park entrance is two miles (3 km) north of the Glacial Drumlin State Trail.
The park includes three picnic areas, birdwatching, a butterfly garden, a prairie restoration area, an amphitheater, and over 25mi of dirt and accessible paved nature trails. A backpacking campsite located beside a four-mile (6 km) segment of the Ice Age Trail is also in the park. There is a 5mi multi-use trail for horse riding, mountain biking, snowshoeing and dog sled training. Over 20mi of trails are open in the winter for cross-country skiing. As of 2006, a nature center is under construction.
The park takes its name from a hill found within its borders. Lapham Peak has an elevation of 1233ft above sea level, and is the highest point in Waukesha County. At the top of Lapham Peak is a wooden observation tower that is 45ft high and offers a dynamic view of southeastern Wisconsin and the northern edge of Illinois. The Waukesha County Historical Society named the peak in memory of Increase A. Lapham to honor his efforts in scientific study and his founding of the United States Weather Bureau.
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  • Can't wait to go back and explore more of the gorgeous hiking trails! We didn't have a lot of time, unfortunately, to see as much of this beautiful park as we wanted to, but I will definitely be...  more »
  • Great park, with different trails that clearly show its level of. For all ages as it has natural trails and paved trails. A great option for the entire family! Tip: There seems to be more than...  more »

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