Cliffside Park Camping – Racine, Wisconsin

The camping season is coming to a close… sigh.

We recently stayed at Cliffside Park, which is part of the Racine County Park District in Wisconsin. This gem of a campground doesn’t seem to come up on campground searches, as it is a county park and not really listed as a campground.
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This campground is water & electric only, however the sites were HUGE! Reservations are a bit odd, half of the park can be reserved, half is first-come-first serve. It is a cheap $23.00 per night, however if you are making reservations, there is a flat $12.00 reservation fee. Although the website told me many of the sites were already reserved, many people forfeited their deposit and did not show.

The sites are quite level (no boards needed) and utilities are easily accessible. The dump station was clean & easy to use.

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Above is the trail map for the park. I loved how the trails started right out of the campground.

You’ll have to work for the view. The trails are a combination of mowed trails, dirt paths, tree bridges and everything in between! They are pretty easy to follow, however they are not marked. We followed what we thought was a trail and it just ended at a wash-out. About face!

I did not notice this while I was making reservations, however, upon entering the park, I saw the sign:  ‘NO DOGS ALLOWED ON PARK TRAILS’  Laaaaaame!

That didn’t stop the 8 groups of people that HAD their dogs on the trail. ARG! I wish I wasn’t so rule-abiding.

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Leaves float down a lazy creek..

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Here’s an oak burl. There are many reasons a burl will form on a tree, an injury, virus or fungus are just a few. These are sought after by artists and carpenters.

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Glad these steep trails were dry, however, please take my word for it that dry leaves can be slippery also…

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No worries, we were only 10 feet from the ground… Vertigo in check… FOR NOW.

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This is what you’ll see at the north overlook off the prairie. I let Chris go first.

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Here’s what I first saw, as I crawled on my hands and knees forward, Lake Michigan.

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OK, I can sit on the ground near the edge and take this panoramic view. I know… you’re all wondering just how high up could she possibly be in the Midwest? Mind you, I am at Cliffside Park…

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I was able to hold the camerone over the edge. This is about 40 feet (13 M) up from the water. There was no way to get down to the beach. Well, unless you wanted to go down really fast! So, yes, these are the cliffs of Wisconsin…

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The shadow looked like a dragon to me.

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This is the Southern lookout point. Not as steep or as scary.

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The steam stacks are the water treatment pant. Beyond that, to the left is Milwaukee.

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Trail markers

 

10 thoughts on “Cliffside Park Camping – Racine, Wisconsin

  1. Love the Lake Michigan shot – looks like the sea, only bluer. Glad you managed to climb up there to see it, despite the vertigo. I only seem to have a problem with vertigo in man-made places like shopping malls, with a central drop of 4 floors – eeep! – And watching movies where they dive off buildings, even tho I Know it is actually green screen in a studio! 😀

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    • It took a good ten minutes of laying on the edge to be able to inch forward and see the ‘cliff’. I never stood near the edge, too steep and felt ”slippery’ with the loose gravel. Yup. Flat topography is fine with me!!

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