Best Hikes Madison Wisconsin - 2nd Edition  by Johnny Molloy

Best Hikes Madison Wisconsin - 2nd Edition Guide Book

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Madison Wisconsin - 2nd Edition  by Johnny Molloy
Fully updated and revised, here are forty-three of the best hikes, nearly all within an hour’s drive of Madison, Wisconsin—from the Capital City State Trail to Devil’s Lake State Park. The hikes offer skyline views, a range of landscapes, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Whether you’re in the mood for an easy nature walk or a day-long hike, this guide offers plenty to choose from.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Madison Wisconsin - 2nd Edition" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 43.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 43.

Aztalan State Park is arguably the most important archaeological site in Wisconsin, located in a glacial drift region along the Crawfish River east of Madison. The area is believed to have been settle ...
Lake Mills, WI - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3 miles
This hike is a rails-to-trails conversion that runs from open countryside north to the suburban fringe of Madison. The popular cycling path along an old railroad bed shoots straight alongside a highwa ...
Belleville, WI - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11 miles
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Named after a Native American chief who led a group of followers in an unsuccessful war against federal troops in the 1830s, the Black Hawk Unit of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway is a stretch of w ...
Sauk City, WI - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 5 miles
Yet another fine example of driftless topography, this hike takes you around a steep hill, or mound, that is the highest point in this part of the state. Sprawling Blue Mound State Park has a large ne ...
Blue Mounds, WI - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.6 miles
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Woods, prairie, and wetlands are highlights of this short hike in a county park on the eastern edge of Dane County. This hike follows a curvy path through several switch-backs in woods marked with oak ...
Cambridge, WI - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 2 miles
Beginning at the trailhead by Dunn’s Marsh, at the same starting point as the Southwest Commuter Path hike, this is a pleasant stroll along a cycling trail that runs along the outskirts of Madison, pa ...
Madison, WI - Hiking,Road Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.6 miles
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Following the construction of another dam in 1900, hundreds of acres of wetland were lost to erosion, as large chunks of boggy soil broke away from the marsh and floated away. Conservation efforts hav ...
Madison, WI - Birding,Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 1.8 miles
At over 5 square miles, Cherokee Marsh is the largest wetland in Dane County and is spread out over three city conservation parks. In addition to wetland, the parks also include oak savannas, glacial ...
Madison, WI - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2 miles
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Breathtaking views atop steep ridges mark this circuit hike at Governor Dodge State Park north of Dodgeville, in the heart of the Driftless Area. The park’s sharp, steep bluffs with stone ledges overl ...
Dodgeville, WI - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 5 miles
Explore environmental history on this hike through the world’s first restored prairie. Start at the arboretum visitor center and skirt famed Curtis Prairie. You will then enter the Leopold Pines, name ...
Madison, WI - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4 miles
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Caution: Don’t attempt the CCC Trail part of the hike, which drops through a boulder field in a remote, isolated area of the park, unless you are looking for an extremely difficult hike that takes a g ...
Baraboo, WI - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6 miles
This hike takes in two paths, including the West Bluff Trail, in one of Wisconsin’s showcase state parks, which features two bluffs rising over an oval lake that covers over 350 acres. The park has a ...
Baraboo, WI - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7 miles
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Located in the area where rolling hills shaped by glaciers meet the more rugged terrain of the Driftless Area, Donald Park sits amidst the picturesque fields and barns of the former Donald/Woodburn fa ...
Mount Horeb, WI - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4 miles
This 56-acre conservation park is laid out along a glacial drumlin, or small hill, not far from the eastern shore of Lake Monona. It is a wonderful spot for a quick escape from the noise and distracti ...
Madison, WI - Birding,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 1.7 miles
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This hike along numerous interlocking trails in Kettle Moraine State Forest takes you over numerous hills formed 10,000 years ago by the Wisconsin Glacier Episode. The Kettle Moraine State Forest is a ...
Eagle, WI - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.4 miles
This hike explores the northern parcel of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum, near Lake Wingra. Leave the hiker trailhead, then explore some Indian mounds. After that, take off in hilly woods, drop ...
Madison, WI - Birding,Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.7 miles
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Like its namesake in Europe, the site of this hike is a stunning enormous rock set amid breathtaking scenery, although here in Wisconsin the vistas are open countryside stretching to the horizon rathe ...
Lodi, WI - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4 miles
Named for the low hills left behind by the glaciers that shaped the landscape in southeastern Wisconsin, this is one of the best hikes in the book for bird watching, with a plethora of species that ro ...
Jefferson, WI - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Mountain Biking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 12 miles
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This hike travels the gentle hills, green forests, and open prairie landscapes of Governor Nelson State Park, situated on the northwest shore of Lake Mendota. The hike is a reflection of greater Madis ...
Waunakee, WI - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 2 miles
One of the largest parks in Dane County, Indian Lake has nearly 500 acres of rugged countryside with trails winding up steep hills to give impressive views over the park’s small lake. This kettle lake ...
Cross Plains, WI - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6 miles
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