Badger State Trail

Library Park, Wisconsin

Distance34.0mi
Elevation Gain2,111ft
Trailhead Elevation994ft
Top1,117ft
Elevation Min/Max820/1117ft
Elevation Start/End994/994ft

Badger State Trail

Badger State Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Green County and Dane County, Wisconsin. It is within Library Park and Twinning Park. It is 34.0 miles long and begins at 994 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 67.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,111 feet. The SW Madison BIke Interchange shelter can be seen along the trail. There are also trees, parkings, a cave entrance, a wetland, parkings, and waters along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Southwest Commuter Path.

Badger State Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This hike is a rails-to-trails conversion that runs from open countryside north to the suburban fringe of Madison. The popular cycling path along an old railroad bed shoots straight alongside a highway, giving two-wheelers plenty of room to pick up speed. Still, it also makes for a nice country stroll, at one point joining up with the Ice Age Trail as it moves along through the rural landscape.

While the trail goes through a well-known old railroad tunnel south of Belleville, this hike runs north from Belleville to Paoli, passing by long stretches of farm fields as the trail heads to the outskirts of Madison, crossing numerous small bridges and moving through a shaded corridor of trees that is a nice respite from the surrounding farmland."

"Hike the highlights of southern Wisconsin’s latest and arguably greatest rails-to-trails effort as it passes along the line between glaciated and unglaciated terrain, plunges into the dark of a long tunnel, and crosses the Sugar River.

Badgers are burrowing creatures, so when European immigrant miners came to south-western Wisconsin—then a territory—for the lead-mining boom in the early 1800s, the seeds were laid for the state’s nickname, the Badger State. This hike might make a badger out of you as well because it passes through a 1,200-foot tunnel through an unglaciated hill. The Badger State Trail was inaugurated in July 2007 and is a fantastic conversion of rail bed that connects Madison to the Illinois state border and that state’s trail system. If you like the hike, come back with your bike and take it from where it begins in Madison, connected as it is to the Capital City State Trail and Southwest Path."

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Trail Information

Library Park
Nearby City
Library Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Snowmobiling, Birding
Additional Use