Located at Hwy. 31 and Hwy. A, this is a park in the Kenosha County park system. 350 acres. Scenic hiking. Streams and rivers, picnic areas, playgrounds, volleyball courts, softball diamonds, a public golf course, shelter rentals, sledding hill, and the Carlisle Family Dog Park (open year-round).
There are two permanent outdoor chess tables here: one by Parking Area 1 by the Well and another by the river in at Parking Area 4. These are permanently installed cement tables with a chess/checkerboard inlaid into them. Bring your own chess pieces or checkers to play.
The park has been home to an artesian well since the 1930s. An artesian aquifer consists of groundwater that overcomes gravity and flows upwards through a well without the need for pumping. The artesian well at Petrifying Springs Park is pure, natural spring water. Local residents and visitors alike bring empty jugs to fill up at the well spigot. The well is located at the north end of Parking Lot 1; there is no cost. Geocache information for the well is here.
Cross country skiing and snowshoeing on all trails; lighted sledding hill at Area 2; lighted cross country skiing track on golf course. The UW-Parkside Community Cross Country Ski Club grooms the cross country ski trail using Kenosha County’s equipment. The night ski trail length is approximately 3,000 feet (0.57 miles).
Fun facts: Petrifying Springs Park has owl boxes, wood duck boxes and extensive blue bird trails. Staff feeds the birds and has a squirrel playground where they feed the squirrels for park visitors to enjoy.
All proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin. $10 registration fee; free for spectators.
Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser invites bike riders of all ability levels to participate in the Sixth Annual Fall Wheel Ride to Petrifying Springs Park.
Presented by the Kenosha Running Company. The XC Thrillogy Pike River Trail Run (approx. 6.5 miles) and Walk (2.5 miles) will take you on an adventure through the trails in Petrifying Springs Park.
Presented by the Kenosha Running Company. The XC Thrillogy Hateya Trail Run (approx. 6 miles) and the Hateya Trail Walk (approx. 3 miles) will take you on an adventure through the trails in Petrifying Springs Park.