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HOUSE ON THE ROCK

Designed and built by Alex Jordan of Madison, WI, the House is an architectural marvel perched on a 60-foot chimney of rock. Begun in the early 1940's, it overlooks the breathtaking panorama of Wyoming Valley. The 14-room House, sculpted atop Deer Shelter Rock, is the original structure of what is now an extraordinary complex of rooms, streets, buildings and gardens covering over 200 acres. A 375-foot ramp through treetops takes visitors to the entrance of the House where a bell gallery, waterfalls, massive fireplaces and walls of rock can been seen. Furnishings include Oriental art, stained glass lamps, bronze statuary and a three-story bookcase filled with rare books. The 14th room was added in 1985 and proves to be the most spectacular, the Infinity Room. This unique room with walls of glass, projects out over the Wyoming Valley 218 feet. A glass cocktail table provides visitors with a breathtaking view of the forest floor 156 feet below. With 3,264 windows, there's no doubt about it, there truly is no other room like it in the world.

Blue mound            Blue Mound State Park

The park is the highest point in Southern Wisconsin.  Enjoy scenic panoramic  views from two 40-foot park observation towers.  The campground is open year around and contains 77 wooded sites and a rustic accessible cabin for people with disabilities.  Other amenities include nature programs, off-road bike trails, picnic grounds, and a large outdoor swimming pool.  Campers have direct access to the Military Ridge State Park Trail.  The park is open year-round.

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Military Ridge State Trail

The Military Ridge State Trail is a 40 mile long trail that lies in Iowa and Dane counties and connects Madison and Dodgeville, Wisconsin, by the communities of Verona, Klevenville, Riley, Mt. Horeb, Blue Mounds, Barneveld, and Ridgeway.  It runs along the southern borders of Governor Dodge and Blue Mound State Parks.  The trail is open to hikers, bikers, and snowmobiling.


The trail is within block walking distance from Pine Ridge Motel .

 

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Governor Dodge State Park

Governor Dodge is one of Wisconsin's largest state parks, with 5,270 scenic acres of steep hills, bluffs, and deep valleys, and a waterfall.  The park also has two large lakes with beaches perfect for swimming or fishing.  Enjoy nature and the trails that Governor Dodge has to offer.  It maintains 3 miles of trails for hiking, biking, skiing, and horseback riding.

 

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Cave of the Mounds

A one-hour guided tour of this Registered National Natural Landmark takes visitors through a cavern of colorful stalactites, stalagmites, waterfalls, and other mineral formations.  In addition to cave exploration, enjoy beautiful rock gardens and walking trails.  Located in the hills of Blue Mounds the limestone cave was accidentally discovered in 1939 and opened to visitors in 1940.  Open year-around.


Guests can purchase Cave Passes at the Front Desk