Midwest Living Review
Nearby Merrick State Park focuses mostly on the Mississippi River and its backwaters, but Perrot State Park preserves the adjacent bluffs. Three trails climb to the top of the tallest one, Brady's Bluff, rising 520 feet above the floodplain. It's a challenging hike, but the outstanding view is its reward: 385-foot Trempealeau Mountain rising in front of a maze of islands and channels. The island mountain has long been a landmark for river travelers, including the early French traders who gave the mountain its name. (The park was named for French fur trader Nicholas Perrot.)
Perrot State Park encompasses 1,270 acres where the Trempealeau River meets the Mississippi, with more than 12 miles of trails winding through the grounds. Among the paths that lead over and around the bluffs, one covers a 10-acre tract of rare native prairie. The park also maintains a well-marked canoe trail, looping 3.4 miles near Trempealeau Mountain and through Trempealeau Bay marshlands. Canoe and kayak rentals are available; other facilities include a nature center, modern campground and boat launch.