Madison Road Trip

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Phil’s Woods

Follow the trail back down south for a ferny walk, paralleled by a small gorge covered in moss-covered fallen trees. A short, pleasant and very private little hike.

William Lunney Lake Farm County Park

There are gorgeous views over the lake, a boat launch, camping and a playground.

Stewart Lake County Park

Slightly north of Mt. Horeb, Stewart Lake offers a picnic area, beach and placid lake, created by a small damn. A hiking trail runs first along the lake, then splits, crossing a marsh and a small stream. The shady wooded,… Continue Reading →

Ice Age Reserve Wildlife Area and Crosse Plains Interpretive Site

Trails wend through woods, near streams, and over open fields. This is another lesser known wildlife area and very peaceful.

Morton Forest County Park

There is one trail that follows a shallow streamlet. The other two trails climb up steep hills to offer gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside.

Ice Age Trail: Robertson Trailhead

The path is an easy walk, slowly climbing into woods.

Donald County Park

Donald County Park county park offers acres of hiking trails, equestrian trails, fishing and a fantastic rock outcrop.

Yahara Heights County Park

Follow the trail along the west side of the dog park and back into open fields and small wooded copses.

Warner Park

The rainbow-stacked shelter is a quirky, fun and visible landmark. Surrounding these buildings are acres of hiking trails, a dog park, sledding hill, pond and numerous basketball courts and soccer fields. Come out and explore the Northside!

North Mendota Wildlife Area

Surrounded by Governor Nelson State Park, the Holy Wisdom Monastery, and a new sub-division of McMansions, this Prairie is a pleasant little natural area.

Kohler-Andrae State Park (Dunes)

Come for the dunes, stay for…more dunes! Kohler-Andrae is sandy, hilly, scrubby and gorgeous. Most visitors come for the endless sandy beaches, including a large stretch of dog beach. Take time to hike some of the boardwalks and view the… Continue Reading →

My Dog and Me Park

Update: Sadly, the indoor dog park is now closed. We’re very sad to see this wonderful service go. Apparently the private outside dog park is still open. Do you and your pupper have a case of cabin fever? Is your… Continue Reading →

Picnic Point

Walking to Picnic Point, the spit of land that juts out behind the UW Hospitals, is a Madison tradition. Numerous trails trail through the area with views of sailboats in University Bay and Madison on one side and wider vistas… Continue Reading →

Carver-Roehl County Park

A few miles outside of Clinton WI is Carver-Roehl Counyt Park. The park is edged by large limestone walls, undercut by a shallow, sparkling stream. Paths circle the parking lot, following the meandering water on one side and up around… Continue Reading →

Morton Forest County Park

Dane County has a brand new park, located outside of Mazomanie. Donated by the Morton family, this lovely hilly spot has 110 acres of trails for all seasons. A short, relatively flat loop is good for the less able. Other,… Continue Reading →

Governor Dodge State Park

Governor Nelson State Park is a vast 5,000+ acre park only an hour drive from Madison. A true four-season park, it has a vast variety of things to see and do. There are high meadow hikes, a waterfall, winding gorge… Continue Reading →

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