Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Middleton, Wisconsin

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Pheasant Branch Conservancy is a gem of a nature preserve tucked away in the Mad-ison suburb of Middleton. This hike runs through a wealth of habitats, including oak savanna, prairie, sedge meadow, marsh, and lowland forest. It also takes in a very high hill right at the start of the hike and has numerous footbridges crossing Pheasant Branch Creek, which flows just south into Lake Mendota. The conservancy is a great spot for bird watching, with hundreds of species documented, both year-round residents and migratory birds. Alongside the pond to the left, you may spot sandhill cranes, just one of the over 200 species of birds that have been observed in the park, including a large number of rare species like the Carolina wren and varied thrush. More common are waterfowl like duck, goose, and teal, as well as barred owls.
Best Hikes Madison Wisconsin - 2nd Edition

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Best Hikes Madison Wisconsin - 2nd Edition

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

Pheasant Branch Conservancy is a gem of a nature preserve tucked away in the Mad-ison suburb of Middleton. This hike runs through a wealth of habitats, including oak savanna, prairie, sedge meadow, marsh, and lowland forest. It also takes in a very high hill right at the start of the hike and has numerous footbridges crossing Pheasant Branch Creek, which flows just south into Lake Mendota. The conservancy is a great spot for bird watching, with hundreds of species documented, both year-round residents and migratory birds.

Alongside the pond to the left, you may spot sandhill cranes, just one of the over 200 species of birds that have been observed in the park, including a large number of rare species like the Carolina wren and varied thrush. More common are waterfowl like duck, goose, and teal, as well as barred owls.

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Activity Type: Birding, Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Middleton
Distance: 3.1 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Terrain: Mostly gravel, a little asphalt
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Best Times: Daily 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Season: Spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: City of Middleton Public Lands Department, 7426 Hubbard Ave., Middleton, WI 53567; (608) 821-8360; www.ci.middleton.wi.us/. Dane County Parks Division, 1 Fen Oak Ct., Room 208, Madison, WI 53718; (608) 224-3730; www.countyofdane.com
Local Maps: USGS Madison West, WI; trail map available from Friends of Pheasant Branch (www.pheasantbranch.org), which also has additional trail information.
Driving Directions: Directions to Pheasant Branch Conservancy

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