Curtis Prairie at UW Arboretum

Dane County, Wisconsin

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Explore environmental history on this hike through the world’s first restored prairie. Start at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum Visitor Center and skirt famed Curtis Prairie. You will then enter the Leopold Pines, named for the renowned naturalist who once worked at the University of Wisconsin. Enjoy the hardwood forest of the Noe Woods, and pass by Curtis Pond. Walk along the south edge of Curtis Prairie before nearing wetlands and returning to the arboretum visitor center, worth a visit itself.

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"Explore environmental history on this hike through the world’s first restored prairie. Start at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum Visitor Center and skirt famed Curtis Prairie. You will then enter the Leopold Pines, named for the renowned naturalist who once worked at the University of Wisconsin.

Enjoy the hardwood forest of the Noe Woods, and pass by Curtis Pond. Walk along the south edge of Curtis Prairie before nearing wetlands and returning to the arboretum visitor center, worth a visit itself."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dane County
Distance: 2.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: UW-Madison Arboretum

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