Blackhawk Ridge Trail

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Blackhawk Ridge Trail is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sauk City, Wisconsin that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.3 miles
685 feet

dogs on leash


cross country skiing


horseback riding




wild flowers

historic site

23 days ago

Trails poorly marked. Pure forest and not challenging. Passed by many trails that were closed. Would not go again.

3 months ago

Skiing here is awesome with backcountry skis. Hiking is fun too but often surrounded by vegetation. Only a few peeks out over the lower Wisconsin Riverway

7 months ago

Great trail with challenging hills!

8 months ago

Roamed these beautiful trails for hours with my dog today. Cant wait to come back with our horses. What a perfect setup for trail riding.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

I only hiked the northern half -- This is a system of long, well maintained trails. Very wide, no obstacles, with long flat sections interspersed with moderate grades. Good for an exercise, but decidedly uninteresting scenery-wise. Most of the trails have no view; there are a couple places with heavily filtered view toward west or east. The highlight seems to be a pavilion / cabin / shelter complex in the middle. There is a nice open meadow to the east of the complex, though it also offers rather limited views. Most of the trails are open to horses (though I didn't encounter any), some dropped fresh signatures along the way. There is a historical marker about Black Hawk at the northern tip of the trail. Not far away is a system of mounds -- though it is quite difficult to make out the elongated mounds. Also note that AllTrails' black trail lines do not accurately reflect the actual trail at places -- see my recordings for a comparison. This can be occasionally puzzling if you rely on AllTrails map for navigation.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

I love these trails. I go frequently as there are a few different trails that offer a number of difficulty levels. Some trails allow horseback riding as well as hiking and cross country skiing. I haven't seen any horses in the trails but have come across there manure piles so watch where you step. The trails are dog friendly. Caution during hunting season though as this fall I ran into hunters on the trails twice. They were actually squirrel hunting and some of the bullets were hitting trees a little too close for comfort. Also in the summer the tree growth can get pretty thick and mosquitoes can be unmanageable. Absolutely beautiful scenery though.

Friday, September 14, 2012

This is a great trial that can be hiked in shorter sections. It has several access points, off of Hwy 78 and near the Cedar Ridge Campground (I think the map shown on All Trails gives an incorrect location). I think it's technically called the "Blackhawk Unit of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway" ( I have mainly hiked north of the "horse arena" or whatever it is... very quiet. Some little snakes and prickly pear! I like to visit the mounds. Maybe I went to a different trail, but I never saw views of the river. We hope to hike more of the southern sections soon.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I think this trail is closed. My girlfriend and I followed the All Trails map to a farm. We asked for directions but no one knew what we were talking about.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Pretty, historical trip with nice river views.

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