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Parnell Tower Trail

About Parnell Tower Trail

Located a short drive from Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, WI, and along the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive, Parnell Tower Trail is a popular Fall colors destination with expansive views any time of year. The 3.5-mile trail loop begins with a series of steps leading to the highest point of elevation in Kettle Moraine State Forest. Rising 60 feet above that point is Parnell Tower.

Not for the faint-of-heart, you will need to climb several flights of stairs on this wooden observation tower to reach the summit, but the panoramic views are well worth the effort. On a clear day you may see as far as 25 miles of the surrounding forest and farmlands. It's clear to see why this is a popular Fall destination for peeping Fall colors as far as the eye can see!

The 3.5 miles of the Parnell Tower Trail loop overlaps with a segment of the Ice Age National Trail, a 31-mile trail traveling the length Kettle Moraine State Forest. 

A couple of things to note before you head out on the trail:

  • Picnic tables, grills, drinking water, and vault toilets are adjacent to the trailhead.
  • The parking lot is closed during winter.
  • Pets on designated trails must be on a leash no longer than 8 feet long.


Wisconsin State Park Vehicle Admission Stickers

A Wisconsin State Park Vehicle Admission Sticker will be required to visit Parnell Tower Trail. 

Annual stickers are available from the date of purchase through December 31st of the same year and can be purchased online or at individual properties via drive-up window service, electronic sales kiosks, or self-registration stations (make sure you have cash!). 


Still have questions about Wisconsin State Park Vehicle Admission Stickers? Check here.

Contact Parnell Tower Trail

Just 31 minutes from Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, WI.

Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit

W7876 Co Rd U | Plymouth, WI 53073



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