Pope Farm Park

Madison, Wisconsin

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Learn about the glaciers as well as Native American and pioneer agriculture as you climb a couple of recessional moraines of prairie and farmland offering views all the way to Madison’s Capitol dome. With urban development seemingly racing west from Madison, how fortunate it is that the Pope family of the town of Middleton has set aside this 105-acre park that is partly a working farm. The view of the Madison Capitol in the distance alone makes this park worth a visit, but as you walk the top of two moraines, you take in prairie and farmland with some great educational signage along the way. Rhyolite present in the stone fence that climbs the hill is evidence of the tremendous earth-moving of the glaciers of the Ice Age. The closest regional deposit of this stone is in the Lake Superior basin.

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"Learn about the glaciers as well as Native American and pioneer agriculture as you climb a couple of recessional moraines of prairie and farmland offering views all the way to Madison’s Capitol dome.

With urban development seemingly racing west from Madison, how fortunate it is that the Pope family of the town of Middleton has set aside this 105-acre park that is partly a working farm. The view of the Madison Capitol in the distance alone makes this park worth a visit, but as you walk the top of two moraines, you take in prairie and farmland with some great educational signage along the way. Rhyolite present in the stone fence that climbs the hill is evidence of the tremendous earth-moving of the glaciers of the Ice Age. The closest regional deposit of this stone is in the Lake Superior basin."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Madison
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Season: Sunrise to sunset
Trailhead Elevation: 1,150 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: popefarmconservancy.org
Local Maps: USGS Middleton; on signs at trailheads and several trail junctures
Driving Directions: Directions to Pope Farm Park

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