Pine Cliff Trail

Governor Dodge State Park, Wisconsin

Elevation Gain664ft
Trailhead Elevation994ft
Elevation Min/Max956/1094ft
Elevation Start/End994/994ft

Pine Cliff Trail

Pine Cliff Trail is a hiking trail in Iowa County, Wisconsin. It is within Pine Cliff State Natural Area and Governor Dodge State Park. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 994 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 664 feet. The Cox Hollow Lake water and the Pine Cliff State Natural Area forest can be seen along the trail.

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Best Easy Day Hikes Madison (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"This hiker-only path at Governor Dodge State Park packs a lot of scenery into its 2 miles. First cross a crystal-clear sandy stream, then immediately come alongside a big pine-clad bluff. The hike then climbs up the draw and circles around the top of a small wet-weather waterfall that is in the process of becoming a natural arch. You then cruise out along a ridgetop flanked on both sides by Cox Hollow Lake. The ridgeline morphs into nearly all rock and pines, and you can gain decent views of the water circling all around the peninsula. Cruise along the shoreline of Cox Hollow Lake before completing the loop."
Hiking Wisconsin (Falcon Guides)
Eric Hansen, revised by Kevin Revolinski
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"Scenic cliffs dotted with notable pine trees Many families find Governor Dodge State Park, with its two lakes and miles of trails, an ideal place for a camping vacation. Two of those trails, the White Oak Hiking Trail and Pine Cliff Nature Trail, are near the top of the list of park attractions. C Combined, they tour a state natural area: Pine Cliff, much of the south shore of Cox Hollow Lake, and miles of oak-hickory forest. This wide variety of terrain and views had no trouble holding my interest throughout the hike."

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Governor Dodge State Park
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USGS Pleasant Ridge; Governor Dodge State Park trail map
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