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Hardies Creek State Forest
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Hardies Creek State Forest is a mesmerizing natural haven boasting diverse habitats and stunning landscapes. This sprawling forest encompasses acres of lush woodlands, tranquil creeks, and scenic overlooks, providing a serene escape for outdoor enthusiasts. With its dense tree canopies, vibrant wildflowers, and abundant wildlife, including deer and various bird species, the forest offers countless opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, and nature photography. Whether seeking solitude amidst towering trees or embarking on an adventurous exploration of its trails, Hardies Creek State Forest offers an unforgettable experience filled with the sights, sounds, and serenity of Wisconsin's remarkable wilderness.
History of the Area
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, extensive logging operations cleared much of Wisconsin's once vast forests. This led to widespread deforestation, erosion, and degradation of the land. In response to these environmental concerns, the Wisconsin Legislature established the state forest system in 1904.

Hardies Creek State Forest was created in the mid-1930s as part of this larger effort to restore and manage forested lands. The forest covers approximately 7,000 acres and is named after the creek that flows through the area.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a federal program established during the Great Depression, played a significant role in the development of Wisconsin's state forests, including Hardies Creek. CCC camps were established in the area, and enrollees completed numerous projects, such as planting trees, building roads, trails, fire towers, bridges, and recreational facilities.
A Wisconsin State Park System vehicle admission sticker is required on all motor vehicles stopping in state parks, forests and recreation areas, please visit the VEHICLE ADMISSION STICKERS web page.
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Pheasant Ridge Resort
N4299 Lien Road
Melrose, WI

From Eau Claire, Wisconsin:

1. Start on US:53 S from N Dewey St.
2. Continue for about 40 miles to exit 98A toward WI:95/Blair/Arcadia.
3. Turn right onto WI:95 W and drive approximately five miles.

From La Crosse, Wisconsin:

1. Begin by heading east on I:90 towards Milwaukee/Madison.
2. Take Exit 4 to merge onto US Hwy 53 Northbound towards Galesville/Ettrick/Trempealeau.
3. After around ten miles take a left turn at County Rd D/WI:D.

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