Stewart Lake County Park

Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

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This shorter hike winds its way through a series of loops that take you past a lake and through wooded hills bounded by residential development on the outskirts of Mount Horeb. Just a short drive from Madison, Stewart County Park, which opened in 1935, is Dane County’s oldest park. Fishing is popular on the lake, which also has a beach and nearby playground area. Soon after setting out from the trailhead, you reach the lake and pass by the park’s small beach, which is claimed by Canada geese in cooler months. Off to the left you can see the dam that created the lake. With patience, you may spot one of the lake’s snapping turtles.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This shorter hike winds its way through a series of loops that take you past a lake and through wooded hills bounded by residential development on the outskirts of Mount Horeb.

Just a short drive from Madison, Stewart County Park, which opened in 1935, is Dane County’s oldest park. Fishing is popular on the lake, which also has a beach and nearby playground area.

Soon after setting out from the trailhead, you reach the lake and pass by the park’s small beach, which is claimed by Canada geese in cooler months. Off to the left you can see the dam that created the lake. With patience, you may spot one of the lake’s snapping turtles.

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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Horeb
Distance: 3.5 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Additional Use: Fishing
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Stewart Lake County Park, 3106 County Highway JG, Mt. Horeb, WI 53572; (608) 224-3730; https://parks-lwrd.countyofdane.com/park/StewartLake
Local Maps: USGS Cross Plains, WI; trail map available from trail contact and online
Driving Directions: Directions to Stewart Lake County Park

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