Cherokee Marsh North

Madison, Wisconsin 53783

Cherokee Marsh North

Cherokee Marsh North Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Find many species of birds along trails through prairie and boardwalks through the wetlands at this rich marsh along the Yahara River just north of Lake Mendota."

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Best Hikes Madison Wisconsin - 2nd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"Following the construction of another dam in 1900, hundreds of acres of wetland were lost to erosion, as large chunks of boggy soil broke away from the marsh and floated away. Conservation efforts have focused on preserving the wetlands by—among other steps—creating natural breakwaters to hold back further erosion. Despite the threats to the marsh, this section remains an excellent spot for a hike, with boardwalks and overlooks bringing hikers through the heart of the swampy lowlands and providing opportunities to spot waterfowl and other birds, including sandhill cranes. The path also winds through long stretches of woodland on the edge of the marsh, with hills climbing high above the river."

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
Open 4 a.m.–1 hour after sunset
860 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
USGS De Forest; posted on map board in parking lot
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