One of the unique pleasures of a visit to Maiden Rock is the opportunity to hike along the Rustic Road -- 4.3 miles of narrow gravel roadway that traverses Pine Creek and is bordered by wild woods and wild flowers not found in many places of the country.
Early spring finds the hillsides above the road covered in trillium and bloodroot. In fall, drumming of grouse and coyote yipping bring sounds of the abundant wildlife as the colors change around the creekbed. Winter finds the spring-fed creek gurgling as it meanders through the valley.
The road is not maintained in the winter, but a local snowmobile trail does follow the road for a portion during heavy winter snow.
Located near rolling agricultural farmland, this narrow, winding gravel road frequently crosses a trout stream in the midst of dense woodlands. At the intersection of 20th Avenue and County Highway CC is a century-old church dated 1881.
Just a few miles south of County Highway CC is a wayside historical marker and the original house where Laura Ingalls Wilder grew up and which whe wrote about in the book Little House in the Big Woods.
About Wisconsin's Rustic Roads
The Rustic Roads System in Wisconsin was created by the 1973 State Legislature in an effort to help citizens and local units of government preserve what remains of Wisconsin's scenic, lightly traveled country roads for the leisurely enjoyment of bikers, hikers and motorists.
Unique brown and yellow signs mark the routes of all officially-designated Rustic Roads.