Aztalan Trail

Lake Mills, Wisconsin

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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.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

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.

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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking
Nearby City: Lake Mills
Distance: 1.3 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Additional Use: Birding
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Aztalan State Park, 1213 S. Main St., Lake Mills, WI 53551; (920) 648-8774; dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/aztalan/
Local Maps: USGS Jefferson, WI; trail map available at park entrance and from trail contact
Driving Directions: Directions to Aztalan Trail

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May 2018