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Old 12-24-2014, 04:36 PM
 
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I have read lots of really good things about this area from the shopping to cost of living to crime etc. It is also a good size town but not too big. My question is how close to the "northwoods" is it? How far would you have to drive before your out in some nature? Really looking for somewhere with reasonable cost of living but also accessible to metro options and also lots of nature recreation options as well
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Old 12-24-2014, 05:20 PM
 
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I can drive from Appleton to Lakewood (which is in Oconto County and considered "up north") in about an hour and a half. It's about 80 miles or so. Or you can head over to Door County from Appleton. That's a beautiful area... fulla nature.
I personally love Appleton. I've been up there twice just this week.
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Old 12-26-2014, 12:25 AM
 
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I have read lots of really good things about this area from the shopping to cost of living to crime etc. It is also a good size town but not too big. My question is how close to the "northwoods" is it? How far would you have to drive before your out in some nature? Really looking for somewhere with reasonable cost of living but also accessible to metro options and also lots of nature recreation options as well
Easily an hour and a half until you are out into the boons. High Cliff State Park is about a half hour drive away from Appleton and offers some amazing views and trails as well.
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Old 12-26-2014, 09:06 AM
 
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Nah, you can go west for lakes and woods in a half hour - try Waupaca county (or Wautoma area more NW). It isn't officially The Northwoods, but if you're looking for close nature, that's your best bet. Tons of lakes/trees.

In about an hour, you can also hit the N end of the Kettle Morraine, also lakes/forests. Point Beach is about an hour away, as well, sand dunes/beaches on Lake Michigan and lots of wooded trails. Green Lake area is under an hour, as is Horicon Marsh.

Basically, the Northwoods are an hour and a half or so away, but there are many other options for this:

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How far would you have to drive before your out in some nature?
A giant lake (Winnebago) is also right there for more "recreational activities."
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Old 12-30-2014, 06:07 PM
 
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That is farther than I was hoping for but still sounds like a pretty good situation. I appreciate the replies
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Old 12-31-2014, 08:28 AM
 
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Don't underestimate the Waupaca/Wautoma area - it's just west of Appleton, and it's a large region of trees and lakes. It's a fairly good approximation of "up north" in spots (image search "waupaca chain of lakes" on Google).
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Old 12-31-2014, 11:43 AM
 
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It's a beautiful drive from Appleton to "up north" or to the Wautoma-Mt. Morris-Redgranite area. Same for driving to Door County from Appleton. By Sturgeon Bay, you're almost there... and then the billboards stop and there are quaint little towns and woods and water everywhere. It's really lovely. And you'll be surprised at how quick of a jaunt it really is. Wisconsin has good roads, even in the winter, generally speaking.

I agree with cheese plate about Waupaca, as well. It's lovely there... lots of space to roam around out in nature. There are areas you can park in and just hike around. The fisheries are all over the area and you can explore little creeks and woods. It's a nice get-away. If you google Wisconsin fisheries, the DNR list of places will pop up. I believe it gives a list of all the counties in Wisconsin and where they're located.
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:03 PM
 
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I went hiking at High Cliff all the time when I lived in Appleton. I loved it. I'm a northwoods girl and enjoyed the park a lot. If you want to be closer to the northwoods, and don't mind the cold, check out Duluth/Superior and Marquette, MI. Of the three, Marquette is probably #1 on my list, but it has a lot less shopping options. Duluth/Superior is a very close #2, and Appleton is #3. But then again, the closer I am to the Big Lake, the happier I am.
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