Discover Greater Wausau Parks


Escape into the stunning natural landscapes of Greater Wausau, where adventure and tranquility await. Enjoy diverse outdoor activities, from birdwatching to fishing, hiking, or biking. Take advantage of park amenities like playgrounds, shelters, swimming areas, or trails.

Marathon County and Wausau collaborate seamlessly to deliver diverse recreational experiences, blessing the area with a wealth of exceptional parks and forest areas catering to various recreational pursuits.

Rib Mountain State Park is a true gem at the heart of it all. Embark on a journey through miles of picturesque hiking and snowshoe trails. In Winter, thrill-seekers can hit the slopes at Granite Peak Ski Area for skiing and snowboarding. Don't miss the chance to ascend the observation tower.

Prepare to be amazed by the natural wonders at Dells of the Eau Claire County Park. This enchanting sanctuary encircles awe-inspiring geological formations sculpted by the Eau Claire River.

Look no further than the Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area for year-round recreation. Embrace the warmer months with invigorating hikes and thrilling bike rides along its extensive trails. As the snowflakes fall, the forest transforms into a winter wonderland, perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

The 400 Block, nestled in downtown Wausau, is a vibrant hub of entertainment and community gatherings. During the summer, it becomes an enchanting musical venue.

Before you embark on a delightful escapade that will leave you and your family smiling from ear to ear, prepare by exploring our interactive Parks and Forest Areas of Marathon County Map.


Agriculture has a prominent role in the Wausau area, and a number of our attractions and activities…


Set in the Wisconsin River Valley, the Wausau area has great water recreation.

Pools & Waterparks

The Wausau area has a variety of indoor and outdoor swimming options for year round entertainment!

Golf & Disc Golf

Golfing in the Wausau area is convenient, affordable and offers spectacular scenery.

Tennis & Pickleball

There are a number of tennis facilities throughout the Wausau area.  From courts located…

Skiing & Snowboarding

Granite Peak Ski Area at Rib Mountain State Park offers some of the BEST skiing in the Midwest…

Tubing & Sledding

Sylvan Hill Park is home to the longest tubing hill in the state at 1,200 feet.  It offers six…


As the largest county in Wisconsin, Marathon County boasts 880 miles of snowmobile trails and 29…

Horseback Riding

Horseback rides, sleigh rides, and hayrides are perfect times to spend with family and…


Area skate parks have plenty of room and lots of great obstacles to challenge your skills.