Curtis Prairie

Madison, Wisconsin

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Explore environmental history on this hike through the world’s first restored prairie. Start at the arboretum visitor center and skirt famed Curtis Prairie. You will then enter the Leopold Pines, named for the renowned naturalist who once worked at the University of Wisconsin. Enjoy a hardwood forest in the Noe Woods. Pass by Curtis Pond. Walk along the south edge of Curtis Prairie before nearing wetlands and returning to the arboretum visitor center, worth a visit itself. Good sturdy hiking shoes and long pants are a must on this trail.

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"Explore environmental history on this hike through the world’s first restored prairie. Start at the arboretum visitor center and skirt famed Curtis Prairie. You will then enter the Leopold Pines, named for the renowned naturalist who once worked at the University of Wisconsin.

Enjoy a hardwood forest in the Noe Woods. Pass by Curtis Pond. Walk along the south edge of Curtis Prairie before nearing wetlands and returning to the arboretum visitor center, worth a visit itself. Good sturdy hiking shoes and long pants are a must on this trail."

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: Madison
Distance: 2.4 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Local Contacts: UW–Madison Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy., Madison, WI 53711; (608) 263-7888; www.uwarboretum.org
Local Maps: USGS Madison West, WI; trail maps available online and at the visitor center
Driving Directions: Directions to Curtis Prairie

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May 2018