Governor Nelson Circuit

Black Earth, Wisconsin 53515

Governor Nelson Circuit

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."

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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 Madison, with the 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. Unlike most state parks, camping is not allowed here, but in addition to hiking, visitors can picnic, visit the beach, and launch their boats from the ramp near the starting point of this hike. There is also a pier for shore anglers." Read more

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Trail Information

Black Earth
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1-2 hours
Duration
Spring-Summer
Season
Boat Launch/Ramp, Boating, Fishing
Additional Use
Wildflowers
Features
Governor Nelson State Park
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