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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 →

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.

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!

Lake Kegonsa State Park

Lake Kegonsa State Park is a small park, a short drive from Madison.

Pier County Park and Natural Bridge

The Pier County Park contains the largest natural bridge in the state of Wisconsin – nearly a half mile long.

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.

Walker Art Center

Claes Oldenburg (Coosje van Bruggen)’s iconic sculpture “Spoon Bridge” appears on nearly every piece of tourism advertising for Minneapolis. The piece, along with many others, is housed in a sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center. The Walker not only… Continue Reading →

Natural Bridge State Park

You’ll never guess what you’ll find at the Natural Bridge State Park! Oh, you did. Well, no false advertising here. The main feature of Natural Bridge is, of course, the large natural stone bridge. It is suitably impressive, complete with… Continue Reading →

Kettle Moraine Natural Area/Ice Age Trail & Monches Area

Pick up trails for the Kettle Moraine Natural Area and the Ice Age Trail in a parking lot off of Highway K outside of the tiny community of Monches. The trails are piney and pleasant, winding a bit and with… Continue Reading →

Lower Yahara River Trail

A brand-new section of the Yahara River Trail opened in the autumn of 2017. Starting in McDaniel Park, follow the new trail along the edge of Lake Waubesa. The trail, which is one mile-long bridge, is not dog-friendly. There’s nowhere… Continue Reading →

Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area

Parfrey’s Glen, just a few miles east of Devil’s Lake State Park, is a gorgeous and rugged hike. The Glen is a wind-y slot canyon that increases in difficulty as you move further in. The trail essentially ends about half-way… Continue Reading →

Cherokee Marsh – North Unit

To reach the Cherokee Marsh North Unit, take Sherman Avenue and head north. The road will pass the Cherokee Golf Course and eventually turn into a gravel road. Follow this road until you reach the parking lot. There are 3.5… Continue Reading →

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