Hiking in Wisconsin can be a year-round activity with the right gear and knowledge. Wisconsin, located in the Midwest region of the U.S., is mostly comprised of rolling hills. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, made up of 21 islands known for their birch forests and sea cliffs, are located off the northern tip of the state. Throughout the state an abundance of well-maintained public lands, rail-to-trail options, and hiking trails that double as cross-country skiing and snowshoe destinations make Wisconsin a popular outdoor mecca. Hiking is even possible near urban areas Madison and Milwaukee.