Founded by Kristine Beck in 2010, Kinstone is a deeply energetic place where people come and find they are transformed in some way by the land, stone, sky and natural world. This 30 acre site is a modern megalithic garden on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River in the Driftless region of Western Wisconsin. The site is stunning, unique and full of functional beauty. Many tours and field-trips are held each year. The land and its features are available for rental for meetings, events and weddings.
This place is unique in all the world. It has been said that Kinstone features the largest privately owned stone circle in the world. This has not been confirmed, but we must be close! There are over a million tons of granite boulders, standing stones and sculptures. Come to enjoy the beauty of the space, see our gardens, stones and natural buildings, find a spot for quiet contemplation and re-connect to nature, or take a circuitous walk around to visit the various features.
Kinstone is located in rural Fountain City just off County Road M on Cole Bluff Lane. It is a contemplative, park-like place with spectacular views and intriguing sculpture and structures. This stunning 30-acre bluff-top property has over 100 standing stones including a large stone circle and megalithic dolmen, classic 7-circuit labyrinth, thatched cordwood chapel, dry-stack stone sculpture, natural buildings, permaculture gardens, terraces and more. There are several alignments of interest at Summer and Winter Solstice and the Equinoxes. Kinstone is also home to The Kinstone Classroom where many come to participate in educational offerings. We host retreats, courses, workshops and hands-on learning experiences for those who wish to regenerate, relearn and revive. We are founded upon the ethics of caring for the earth, caring for people and returning surplus back into care of earth and people.
Private guided tours are possible by special arrangement. During self-guided visits you can expect to spend a couple of hours wandering a wonderland that seems as if it is from another time and place. Bring your water bottle, sunblock for sunny days, dress for the weather (sun hat, rain coat, umbrella, etc), wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to walk rough and sometimes steep terrain. There is not much shade just yet (our trees are still quite young); plan accordingly. Find details and directions on our website.
When you visit, please park in the gravel General Parking Area. Pay your admission fee at the gate, enter the gate and proceed to the Dragon’s Keep Welcome Center where you can pick up a map, FAQs and other information. We appreciate all visitors signing our guest book inside.
Hours: May through October: Daily 10am to 6pm
All other times are by appointment. The grounds are generally available for folks to wander on their own during open hours from May through October – please contact us in advance to let us know if you wish to come outside our posted hours!
Please bring nothing with you except a camera & notebook and leave nothing behind except your footprints light upon the earth.
Cost: $5/adult ~ $2/youth under 8yrs old ~ Infants are free
Entrance fees go in the designated blue payment boxes located on the Information Kiosk Message Boards! Please bring CASH!
- WHAT TO DO UPON ARRIVAL: Park, Pay, Enjoy – For the best experience, please read all the notices on this message board as we post new information periodically, including changes in hours, cost, and upcoming events. Thank you!
- PORTABLE TOILETS are available for your comfort. One is on the east side of the Education Center and another is near the road near the Event Parking Area.
- NO SMOKING except in designated area (only on one end of the Education Center Porch)
- NO ALCOHOL – alcohol may not be brought in by visitors.
- CHILDREN under 18 must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.
- PHOTOGRAPHY is allowed for personal use only. No commercial photography or formal photo sessions are allowed without a permit and prior arrangement.
- Permission and prior arrangements are required for: drones, drone photography, commercial or professional photography, any photographic sessions (professional or amateur) that involve portraits, graduation photos, family photos, engagement photos, wedding photos, etc, fires, picnics, large groups, and special events. Contact Kinstone to inquire. Photography permits are $50 for a 4 hour session and you and your guest(s) must each also pay their admission fee ($5/person) to enter Kinstone.
- DOGS are allowed when on a leash and only when there are no events in progress. Owners must clean up after their dogs and ensure they are not disruptive to others.
- Important Note: There are neighborhood dogs that sometimes run loose around Kinstone. Firmly tell them to “Go Home!” DO NOT ENGAGE WITH THESE DOGS! Do not pet or reach out to them in any way, even if they seem friendly. Kinstone assumes no responsibility for the actions of these dogs.
Enjoy your visit! Please use common sense, kindness and courtesy at all times!
Email: info @ kinstonecircle.com
S3439 Cole Bluff Lane
Fountain City, WI 54629