New Glarus Woods State Park

New Glarus, Wisconsin 53574

New Glarus Woods State Park

New Glarus Woods State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A pleasant hike along a path that runs over modest hills and through a thick swath of woods, New Glarus Woods State Park sits amidst rolling farmland south of Madison. The park, which lies on the boundary between the Driftless Area with its steep hills and the rolling prairie to the east, is also a popular spot for camping and picnics.

The Havenridge Trail, which makes up most of the hike, is marked with numbered signs that correspond to entries in the Havenridge Trail Companion Booklet, which is available at the park office. The park also has Discovery Backpacks full of activities perfect for kids who want to hike and explore the park.

The hike also swings by an access trail for the Sugar River Trail, which runs for over 20 miles on an abandoned railroad bed, following the Sugar River and its tributaries"

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Easy Day Hikes Madison (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"This hike explores a preserved parcel of forest near the worth-a-visit town of New Glarus. Start your loop hike at a pretty picnic area, then delve into deep and regal hardwoods of walnut, oak, and basswood. The loop breaks out into colorful prairie near the headwaters of the Sugar River before turning north and rolling over more wooded hills. It then passes near a campground and over more wooded knolls before closing the loop. The hike is on state park property, which is well managed not only with regard to its natural resources but also for recreation such as hiking, picnicking, and camping."
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Madison (Menasha Ridge Press)
Kevin Revolinksi
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"Explore the woods south of New Glarus, teeming with wildlife. Trails run through rolling restored prairie and hardwood forest offering nice vistas, and the park’s nature guide and interpretive trail make it an educational experience."

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Trail Information

New Glarus
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
4 miles
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
Hunting, Birding
Additional Use
New Glarus Woods State Park, W5508 CTH NN, New Glarus, WI 53574; (608) 527-2335;
Local Contacts
USGS New Glarus, WI; trail map available from trail contact and online
Local Maps

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