Outdoors

No matter where you go in Racine County, you're never very far from green spaces — and green attitudes.

The county, and its cities, villages and towns, all have parkland where visitors can simply stretch their legs or enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, cycling and fishing or organized sports.

The Racine County parks system has a wide variety of sites, including:

Racine Harbor Park, 16 acres, Christopher Columbus Causeway, Racine, features an overlook structure with an elevated deck that provides a great view of the Racine Harbor and Lake Michigan. There is also shore fishing access and a free fish cleaning station.

Quarry Lake Park, 40 acres, Northwestern Avenue, Racine and Mount Pleasant is a former limestone quarry. This spring-fed lake is popular for swimming, scuba diving and fishing. The park also offers picnic areas and a large bathhouse that can be reserved for private events. The Karen A. Nelson Memorial Dog Park is located near the main entrance to the park.

Horlick Park and Root River Parkway, 650 acres, Racine, Caledonia and Raymond. Horlick Park, near Rapids Drive and North Green Bay Road, has a boat launch for small boats and canoes. The Root River Parkway provides green space along the upper reaches of the river.

Sanders Park, 80 acres, Wood Road, Mount Pleasan.. This park features a marked nature trail through a designated State Scientific area. There is also a 5 acre campground, athletic facilities and picnic areas.

Pritchard Park, 79 acres, Ohio Street and Durand Avenue, Racine. The Veterans Memorial and Wieczorek Pavilion are among the highlights of this park. The pond located near the pavilion provides fishing experiences for kids. The park also has baseball diamonds, a soccer field, playground and a jogging trail.

Cliffside Park, 233 acres, Michna Road, Caledonia. One of the county's best-known parks because of its 92-acre campground. The park also has baseball/softball fields, tennis, basketball and soccer fields as well as large shelter area with picnic tables, grills and electric.

Colonel Heg Memorial Park, 20 acres, 6300 Heg Park Road, Norway. An 1830s log cabin and museum, staffed by the Wind Lake Historical Society, provides history education on summer weekend afternoons.

Evans Park, 66 acres, Town of Yorkville, Highway 20 (just west of the Highway C intersection), Yorkville. Tucked away from a busy highway is a small, simple park that offers a quiet spot for people looking for a break from the routine.

Eagle Lake Park, 25 acres, Church Road, west of Highway 75, Dover. A beautiful shelter with picnic tables, grills, electric and a lake view await Eagle Lake picnickers. There are also playgrounds and areas for volleyball and baseball. The lake is popular for fishing all year round.

Case Eagle Park, 239 acres, 310 S. Rochester St., Rochester. Baseball and soccer fields. Site of the Jean Jacobson Dog Park.

Bushnell Park, 95 acres, along the Fox River, Town of Burlington. This park includes baseball and soccer fields, horseshoe courts, large shelter, picnic grounds, playground equipment, trails, canoe/kayak launch and fishing.

Einer Fischer Park, 53 acres, Durand Avenue, east of  Burlington. Beach access to Browns Lake. Lifeguards from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Picnic tables and boat launch. Park admission charge and boat launch fee during the summer.