Donald Park

Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

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Located in the area where rolling hills shaped by glaciers meet the more rugged terrain of the Driftless Area, Donald Park sits amidst the picturesque fields and barns of the former Donald/Woodburn farm. The Donald/Woodburn family donated the original 105 acres for the park. It has since grown to nearly 700 acres of oak woods marked by scenic vistas, rock outcroppings, and long stretches of restored prairie and savanna. The refuge is centered on three trout streams—Deer Creek, Fryes Feeder, and Mount Vernon Creek—and the hills that surround them. On this hike you will head downstream along meadow-lined Deer Creek, passing a small cave before climbing into wooded hills. Enter open terrain again at Larson Pond. After completing your first loop, hike upstream along Deer Creek in an ideal mix of field, forest, and stream.

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"Located in the area where rolling hills shaped by glaciers meet the more rugged terrain of the Driftless Area, Donald Park sits amidst the picturesque fields and barns of the former Donald/Woodburn farm. The Donald/Woodburn family donated the original 105 acres for the park. It has since grown to nearly 700 acres of oak woods marked by scenic vistas, rock outcroppings, and long stretches of restored prairie and savanna.

The refuge is centered on three trout streams—Deer Creek, Fryes Feeder, and Mount Vernon Creek—and the hills that surround them. On this hike you will head downstream along meadow-lined Deer Creek, passing a small cave before climbing into wooded hills. Enter open terrain again at Larson Pond. After completing your first loop, hike upstream along Deer Creek in an ideal mix of field, forest, and stream."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Mount Horeb
Distance: 4 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Additional Use: Hunting
Features: Views
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Donald Park, 1945 Highway 92, Mount Horeb, WI 53572; (608) 224-3730; www.countyofdane.com
Local Maps: USGS Mt. Vernon, WI; Donald Park, available at park and online
Driving Directions: Directions to Donald Park

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May 2018