Alma, Wisconsin offers both aggressive and leisurely hikes. Mossy Hollow is a gentle trail, found off of Cemetery Road, whereas Buena Vista, starting on Second Street, gets steep in parts. Both trails lead to breathtaking views of the Mississippi River Valley. If you're not up for the hike, drive to the top of Buena Vista via Country Road E, which you'll find at the south end of town. Enjoy the 500-foot bluff top park with its swing set, pavilion, grills, and valley views.
Alma, Wisconsin is famous for its “stair step streets.” Alma was carved into the bluff by Swiss settlers. The city stretches 7 miles but is only 2 streets wide – and only 1 street for most of that 7 miles. Main Street lies just above river level, and Second Street is carved out a bit farther up the bluff. Staircases were originally put in place to connect Main Street and Second Street with the intention that they would be turned into roads as the town developed. Eventually, it was determined that the grade was too steep to construct safe roads, especially due to our harsh Wisconsin Winters. Four connecting streets were eventually built, but eleven historic staircases remain intact. Their combined 788 steps make quite a city hike!
Alma, Wisconsin has a 300-foot public sand swimming beach near the marina with sand volleyball courts. Large shade trees, pavilions, grills and plenty of picnic tables dot the shoreline. You can't find a better spot for the kids! And when they're done splashing around, they can dash off to the playground.
Rieck’s Lake Park offers two viewing decks, two pavilions, grills, picnic tables, toilets and a large playground and swing set. Camping and RV hook-ups are available at a first come, first serve basis. Rieck's Lake is a great viewing spot for a variety of birds and waterfowl. And you make be able to spot a few Tundra Swans as they migrate through in the fall and spring of the year.