Explore the most popular hiking trails in Governor Dodge State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Well maintained, wide trail. I went in November so there wasn’t any activity. It would be great for trail running, walking your dog, or walking as a group but there wasn’t a whole lot to see. The trail splits and either goes towards the road or towards Stephens Falls. Their is a map but the marking gets a little confusing as the wood line is mowed and looks very similar to the correct trail. Nice walk nonetheless.

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29 days ago

Love this walk. Steep inclines but you definitely get some great enjoyment out of it. Gorgeous rock formations and a nice stream that flows between the waterfall and other springs. Beautiful spot for pictures. Challenging and rewarding.

hiking
29 days ago

Nice trail with great views. It can get very crowded if you go at the wrong times but later in the day or toward the end of the season it lightens up and becomes more comfortable. The falls aren’t huge but they are beautiful and relaxing. Crowds aside. Nice, Easy hike.

Beautiful trail with some decent uphill treks and changes in the flora and fauna depending on how high up you go. Great informative signs and easy trail to follow. Encountered several downed trees 2 of which my husband cleared enough for us to continue on the path! Worth the extra effort!

Disappointing and crowded

Did the Lost Canyon Trail which was nice but not very challenging. There’s a ravine portion with lots of boulders which was both beautiful and fun. A couple miles in, I ran into an angry black bear on the trail about 100 feet in front of me. After making myself look Big, etc. he wouldn’t budge. When he started posturing and “yelling” at me I conceded and backed slowly out of his space. Told rangers at the park office who weren’t at all impressed as there are several black bears (and wildcats!) living in the park. Just b aware and enjoy yourself.

Pretty but not worth the drive

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3 months ago

Went early enough in the morning that it wasn’t crowded. I really enjoyed the trail but wasn’t able to complete the entire loop because of a Bear encounter. A Black bear came out of the woods onto the trail about 100 feet in front of me grunting (with a little bit of growling) and posturing. Scared the daylights out of me but i knew what to do and all was well. VERY awesome experience!

Waterfall not worth the crowd! Hike to falls is app. 1/4 mile from the road. Use Stephens' Falls for a trailhead and keep moving.

FYI...after a big rain, the crowds are gone and the falls are much more impressive...can be a beautiful spot.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is the definition of "bang for your buck". It is super accessible for hikers of all skill levels and is quite beautiful, in spots. Go early and hike the cloverleaf of inter-connected trails. Skip Stephens' Falls unless you like a crowd.

Pros:

- Close to home (Madison)
- Beautiful natural landscape
- Trail(s) is/are well marked

Cons: (not really)

- Super busy! Hard to relax.
- Crowded parking on the road
- Trail is heavily wooded in spots...mosquito and tick repellent is a must must must!

4 months ago

Started this trail from Enee Point. It’s a nice hike, with some steeper inclines. As you climb closer to the top, it’s pretty clear why it’s named Pine Cliff trail, as dry pine needles cover the ground, which added a nice picturesque feature. To reach the peak, you will need to scale some rocks, but that just adds to the adventure! The view of the lake from the top can be a bit covered with greenery, but if you position yourself just right, you can see some very blue water down at the bottom.

4 months ago

Continued to Lost Canyon Trail from Stephen’s falls. There were some beautiful rock formations with regular encounters with small creeks throughout. Trail is well marked. I definitely recommend bug spray! There were some steep inclines, but worth it!

Stephen’s Falls is markedly advertised from the main road through the park. It’s a very short hike down to the waterfall, though there are some steep areas. Beautiful scenery. Can be overcrowded. But, who doesn’t love a waterfall? You can connect to the Lost Canyon Trail for additional hiking.

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6 months ago

Nice hidden gem in Wisconsin. Can be made to a longer loop with Lost Canyon Trail.

on Lost Canyon Trail

6 months ago

vestido, great hike

Nice short hike. Go after a big rain.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Short easy loop hike, it's shaded all the way, very well maintained with signs and no bugs at all.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

This is a fun, short hike to nice cool spot.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

This is a gorgeous hike, I can't wait to go back in the fall, no bugs, it is shaded all the way, make a stop at the Stephens fall and check out the rock spring house before you go back to the car

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Nice hike through the woods. go clockwise from Stephens Falls lot. we went to the falls first, then counterclockwise, much steeper climb that way. 9 year old did great though!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

AllTrails lists this as an easy hike but I'd call this moderate because it's got at least two steep hills. The views are nice once you're up nice and high but not spectacular. It's a pretty combination of woods and prairie and is a nice little workout. Very enjoyable.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Always a fun climb up the little cliff covered with blanket of pine needles with a view out over the lake.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

We went with the hike it baby Madison group on Saturday Am, the parking lot was already full at 10am, it's a short hike to the waterfalls maybe 10min walk , then we continued with the east loop trail, it was gorgeous and shaded al the way.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

We did this gorgeous hike with , hike it baby group in Madison, it starts off the parking lot, shaded all the way not too many bugs at all, stairsways along the way and benches on the side of the trail, we really enjoyed the view at the top .

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Stephens Falls trail intersects with this trail. If you do them together it will be a little more than four miles. Easy hiking. Lost Canyon Trail is a mowed path for 3/4 of the way, then a well-trodden dirt path the rest of the way. Stephens Falls is the highlight. This is a large park , centered around the two lakes. After hiking, we rented a paddleboat and worked our way across the Cox Hollow lake.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Spent last weekend there. Awesome trail conditions even with the rain.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Loved the falls. Very scenic and peaceful hike.

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Friday, July 08, 2016

Fun area to spend some time. Good elevation changes that make it challenging.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Beautiful.

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