Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Trail

Parisi Park, Wisconsin

Elevation Gain211ft
Trailhead Elevation883ft
Elevation Min/Max882/920ft
Elevation Start/End883/883ft

Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Trail

Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Trail is a hiking and biking trail in City of Middleton, Wisconsin. It is within Parisi Park and Pheasant Branch Conservancy. It is a mile long and begins at 883 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 211 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Along the trail there is a forest. This trail connects with the following: Deming Way Trail.

Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Trail Professional Reviews and 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."

"An outstanding conservancy project that features a little bit of everything: a stunning view of Madison and the Capitol, restored prairie and wetlands, a big spring, and a mixed-forest hike along a creek that crosses back and forth over the trail in six places."

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Trail Information

Parisi Park
Nearby City
Pheasant Branch Conservancy
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Skill Level
City of Middleton Public Lands Department, 7426 Hubbard Ave., Middleton, WI 53567; (608) 821-8360; Dane County Parks Division, 1 Fen Oak Ct., Room 208, Madison, WI 53718; (608) 224-3730;
Local Contacts
USGS Madison West, WI; trail map available from Friends of Pheasant Branch (, which also has additional trail information.
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Nov 2018