Governor Nelson State Park

Middleton, Wisconsin 53562

Governor Nelson State Park

Governor Nelson State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Explore forest, prairie, savanna, and marshes on the north side of Lake Mendota and take a swim at the beach afterward with a view of the city across the water. Former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson is perhaps best known as the founder of Earth Day. A passionate environmentalist, he also helped establish the Apostle Islands as a national lakeshore.

This 422-acre state park that bears his name sits across the lake from Madison and is easily accessible. There are several separate trails throughout the park and, in total, there are 8.4 miles. The selected course starts with the Woodland Trail and takes you through each of the ecological areas. From the northwest corner of the overflow lot, find a map board with
nature guides."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
6 a.m.–11 p.m. year-round
900 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Local Contacts
USGS Waunakee; at trailheads and park office
Local Maps

Trail Log