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Copper Culture State Park

Copper Culture State Park in Oconto County Wisconsin

This weekend my husband and I took a Saturday fall drive through Oconto and Marinette Counties, visiting new sites and revisiting a few old ones that I had been to. Copper Culture State Park was one of our stops.

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Bump in the Road

We had planned on driving to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but our vehicle had other plans that sent it to the shop.  Rental companies do not really like for you to hop state lines unless you pay extra.

Thankfully, we read the fine print before leaving.  Since our rental is free during the service work, we decided it best to stay and play within the state lines.  An hour away from Green Bay is perfectly acceptable.


Entering the Copper Culture State Park Road in Wisconsin in Fall

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New to Him

My husband had not visited Copper Culture State Park before. I told him it is a very small park with about a half mile hiking trail through the woods and then along the Oconto River. I found the park amazing the previous two times I had stopped.


Hiking Inside the Woodlands in Copper Culture State Park

The park has a museum, that is only open certain hours and during certain months. I have still never been inside.


Copper Culture Museum Sign

It has a picnic area, bathrooms, a small walking path and the river to view.  It is a nice leg stretch, or even a good place to throw a line in the water to test your fishing luck. For the grand ‘ole price of free – it’s worth a stop.


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Today, it was a comforting to have my husband along.  I’ve given him the name of “The snake charmer” because he relocated a snake on the trail for me.

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If he wouldn’t have been along, I might have just turned back at the first sight of a snake.


The Snake Charmer

Need to bring this guy along with me on all my hiking trips. He was kind enough to clear my paths of all snakes 🙂


Interesting Facts Copper Culture State Park in Oconto, Wisconsin

Full of History

This was the site of a prehistoric cemetery of the Old Copper Complex people who occupied the northern Midwest from ca. 4000 – 2000 BC and the site is believed to be the earliest known metal smiths in the world.


Susie's Hill Copper Culture State Park in Oconto, Wisconsin


Located in Oconto County.

The 42-acre Copper Culture State Park is on the north side of the Oconto River, on the west side of the city of Oconto at 260 Copper Culture Way, Oconto, Wisconsin.


Oconto River Tree Roots Copper Culture State Park in Oconto, Wisconsin


Each time I have visited the park, I’ve only came across a handful of people. Today was no different.  Quiet and peaceful.

One Lonely Leaf


I enjoy following along the river and walking through the tall grass while listening to the flowing river.  


Gloomy Weather Today - Copper Culture State Park in Oconto, Wisconsin

Today was a fairly gloomy day. It was raining on and off throughout the day – my snake charmer was also kind enough to lend his services as an umbrella holder anytime I needed.


Golden Yellows Along the Oconto River - Copper Culture State Park in Oconto, Wisconsin

Such beauty! Surrounded by rich autumn colors, under a light rain on a piece of property that few have really traveled, or so the waving grass tells me so.

He Understands…
Alone, with just my husband by my side.  At one point he looked at me and said, “This is cool!”  I knew I had just shared a small piece of what makes me happy in this world.  Something so small in the sense of the grand scheme of life; but also, so simple, that many fail to take a minute to truly appreciate it.


Autumn Colors - Copper Culture State Park in Oconto, Wisconsin

The beauty and peacefulness can only be understood by experiences it first hand.  I couldn’t ever put into words why I feel connected to nature.  Although, at that moment; I think my husband might have experienced the area through my eyes and a hint of the magic that makes me want to explore and spend time in nature.


Dark and Gloomy Inside the Woods - Copper Culture State Park in Oconto, Wisconsin

We followed the river until we reached the end of the park land and a private property sign. Then turned back.


Walking Along the Narrow Path - Copper Culture State Park in Oconto, Wisconsin

Farewell, my friend.  Until I visit again…  We bid the area a goodbye and pushed on to Twin Bridges Park in Marinette County.


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Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Right now fresh ears of corn on the cob are plentiful in the grocery store and along roadside produce stands. The price is right, too. Under 25 cents a serving.  Can’t beat that.  Normally, that means we would be up for hosting a corn roast & flavored butter with drinks at our house.  Due to scheduling this year, that might not happen.
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Coopers Hawk in My Garden

The coopers hawk is often found in backyards. The bird feeder birds are an easy target for hawks, they will stand back and watch the songbirds and strike.  

Coopers Hawk in My Garden

The coopers hawk in my garden, he enjoys parking himself on my deck rail or the neighbor’s fence and watching over the yard.  The backyard feeder birds are an easy target for hawks, they will stand back and watch the songbirds eat their fill and then strike them in flight as they leave.
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Parrish Highlands ATV Trail in Langlade County

Parrish Highlands ATV Trail in Langlade County

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Parrish Highlands ATV Trail in Langlade County

Setting out to find the trailhead to the Parrish Highlands ATV Trail in Langlade County Wisconsin this morning.  This is a trail system we have not rode yet, but are in hopes of finding some good riding and fall colors.

Rocks, Ruts, Water & Mud 

Rocks, ruts, water and mud that sums up the Parrish Highlands ATV Trail after a fresh rain.

A little more challenging terrain than it’s cousin the Oconto County, Wisconsin trail system that we normally run.  Oconto Wisconsin Album.  Both have their advantages, depending on what type of fun you are looking to have.


It rained for two hours this morning so I didn’t expect to stay 100% clean by the end of the day.  Today, as a compromise between my husband and myself, we are after a messy, fun fall color run.


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Location & Overview

We parked at the County T trailhead in Parrish, WI which is located in the northwestern part of Langlade County.


The map above will get you to the correct road. Just watch for the brown sign on the roadway for the parking lot.


There wasn’t any issues with parking within the gravel parking lot, it is generously spacious.  We were parked toward the middle of the parking, as you can see wide open spaces.


Trail Passes

I am often asked if there is a fee for riding ATV trails.  Wisconsin law requires those who use Wisconsin ATV trails to display either Wisconsin registration or apply for an ATV trail pass. The trail pass may be purchased online at the WDNR, over the counter at any license sales location, or by phone at 1-877-945-4236.

  • $18.00 non-resident ATV trail use pass ( I believe it for a year).
  • An ATV trail pass is required to operate an ATV (Unless you have a registered WI ATV).Be sure to ask WDNR for any changes to the above information.Small piece of the trail that winds through the woods.

On Site

Bathrooms: On site there are bathrooms with pit toilets.  A welcomed sight to my pea sized bladder, and also for changing out of muddy clothing at the end of your ride.


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Something I have never seen at any additional ATV trailhead before today (in Wisconsin) –  a washing station.

Drive up on the grate and use the hose to rinse off your ATV.  A big THANK YOU  to the person that thought of this gem.



The Parrish Highlands ATV Trail system has 53 miles of glacial moraines, hardwood forests, cedar swamps and rivers and lakes.


The trail links up with the Lincoln and Oneida County ATV trail systems. So, you can easily go for miles and miles for days of riding fun.


Now, since it is time to get more riding in – the camera gets put away in a dry and safe place.

Hi- Ho  It’s Off Mudding We Go


Additional Pictures of the county will be posted in my Smugmug portfolio under Langlade County. Until next time!  Take care!!

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Mulberry Muffins

Mulberry Muffins

Mulberry Muffins

Foraged some mulberries this weekend. Yum!  Now, what to do with them all. First thing I wanted to try was a recipe for mulberry muffins because muffins freeze well. I mixed up a double batch of muffins using a recipe off Flickr.

I had to convert the measurements for US metrics. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
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