Governor Nelson Circuit Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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 the greater Madison–Indian history of Panther Mound, regal oaks, and restored prairies with extensive views of neighboring farms and forests, all within proximity of a scenic body of water.
The trails are used for hiking during spring, summer, and fall. However, during winter when the trails are covered
with snow, hiking is not allowed. The groomed paths of the
state park are popular with cross-country skiers during that
time. This particular hike covers but 2 miles of the larger
trail system. A look at the summer-use map for the state park
will give you more ideas for hiking. The state park is known
for its wildflowers, both in the prairies during summer and
woodlands in spring."