Governor Dodge State Park Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Governor Dodge State Park Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dodgeville, WI that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.2 miles 1263 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Governor Dodge State Park is a 10.1 mile loop trail located near Dodgeville, Wisconsin and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and is accessible from May until November.

hiking
13 days ago

Absolutely stunning hike. I loved the views and while it did have challenging portions that were very steep, it is well worth the effort!

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the falls. Very scenic and peaceful hike.

2 months ago

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birding
1 year ago

There are many different trails in Governor Dodge State Park, this description makes it sound like just one 10 mi loop, not true. We hiked the Lost Canyon Trail recommended by the ranger at the entry gate. It was a great choice. From the Stephens Falls parking area it is a 3 mile loop descending down to Stephens Falls which are beautiful then along the stream. During the hike there is a gradual sent up to the open grasslands and then you go back down into the woods and down to the stream bed. There are several canyon overlooks and great rock formations along the trail. Mostly tree covered with moss covered rocks. There is also an interpretive area that explains tamily farm that occupied this land from the 1800's until it was brought by the state for the park in the 1950's. provide a truly beautiful setting, especially for this hikerfrom dry Southern California. There is also an interpretive area that explains the family farm that occupied this land from the 1800's until it was brought by the state for the park in the 1950's

hiking
2 years ago

I was there for the night walk, where they light up one of the trails with candles at dark. That trail is nice and easy while still providing enough terrain for all family members to enjoy. Plus they had some star gazing, which was pretty cool.
A separate time we did some off-trail hiking for a bit more of a challenge, even climbed some is the rock bluffs. This is certainly a place to go if you're looking for some variety.

canoeing
2 years ago

Personally my experience would have been more enjoyable had wind not complicated things, but from what we did see we enjoyed a lot. The shoreline is beautiful in the fall.

mountain biking
2 years ago

hiking
3 years ago

Good variety of trail terrain and difficulties. The trail mentioned in the overview doesn't do this park justice. You have great lookout views, cool, stream hikes, open meadow areas, woods and rock formations, even a waterfall. In total, there are approx. 40 miles of trails. It also has decent camping with some large sites, horse camping, canoeing and more. Sadly, the present Gov has allowed hunting inside the park, thus the 4 star rating.

hiking
3 years ago

Not a fan! We have been to a lot of State Parks and this is by far the worst. In a place where you must pick up your dog poo (and we always do) they think nothing of letting horses crap all over the trails and no one is expected to pick that up? Give me a break! We spent so much time watching out where we stepped that we couldn't enjoy the scenery! They do make collection bags that you can attach to the saddle that collects this sh&$. (Pardon the pun) or what about the good ol fashioned shovel? We will not be going back!

hiking
3 years ago

Hiked an area off of a parking lot and found a trail that was really neat! Rocky formations and a pretty park in general.

hiking
4 years ago

best park in the area

hiking
5 years ago

Not super hardcore but good for an adventuress
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