Owen Conservation Park

Madison, Wisconsin 53706

Owen Conservation Park

Owen Conservation Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"One of Madison’s best-kept secrets, the prairie here offers an overlook to the city that shows only a fraction of the buildings and gives the illusion that there is nothing around you but forest."

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Best Hikes Madison Wisconsin - 2nd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"A restored prairie-and-oak savanna that rises on a hilltop on the west side of Madison, this patch of nature in the city was for many years the farm and getaway of University of Wisconsin Professor Edward T. Owen. The pasture and cropland have been returned to their native state since being acquired by the City of Madison in the 1970s. Over 3 miles of trails wind through the 93-acre park, with spur trails offering access to surrounding residential neighborhoods, making this a popular spot for locals seeking a nature hike. At sunrise and sunset golden rays paint the buildings of the university campus and Lake Mendota to the east." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
4 a.m.–1 hour after sunset
1,075 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Additional Use
USGS Madison West; on map board
Local Maps

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Dec 2018