Aztalan State Park Trails

Lake Mills , Wisconsin 53551

Aztalan State Park Trails

Aztalan State Park Trails Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Set along the banks of the slow-moving Crawfish River, Aztalan is a lovely spot to enjoy a summer day, so it’s not really a surprise that people settled here over 1,000 years ago. A northern community in a much larger empire, this site is now both a state park and an active archaeological site.

The trails are wide, mowed paths following the river and taking a turn along Native American earth mounds. Mowing patterns may change from time to time to accommodate projects or ecological wear and tear, but the small size of the park and the clear view of the lay of the land are such that it doesn’t matter. Interpretive signs and an audio tour tell the story—what we know of it—of a people who were long gone even before Wisconsin’s current resident native cultures."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Madison (Menasha Ridge Press)
Kevin Revolinksi
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"Climb earthen pyramids at a grassy archaeological site along the Crawfish River and learn about an advanced Native American culture that left as much mystery as artifacts. Thought you’d need to go to Egypt or Central America for pyramids? Think again. Two earthen step pyramids and the artifacts and evidence gathered here indicate this was an important site for a mysterious American Indian people. There are remains of other temple-mound towns in the United States, but this is the farthest north of them all." Read more
Best Hikes Madison Wisconsin - 2nd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"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 settled around AD 900. About AD 1000 people of the Mississippian culture built a fortified village at the site, notable for its many ceremonial mounds. Walking through the park, you can imagine what it was like for the earlier residents, while you enjoy the soft breezes off the river and opportunities to spot birds and wildlife. Leashed dogs are permitted in designated areas only. The hike begins at the trailhead at the far end of the parking area, running toward the mounds on the left." Read more

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Trail Information

Lake Mills
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
1.8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
Birding
Additional Use
Aztalan State Park, N6200 Hwy Q, Lake Mills, WI 53551; (920) 648-8774; dnr.wi.gov
Local Contacts
USGS Jefferson; at trailhead and on website
Local Maps