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Glacial Drumlin State Trail: Cottage Grove to Lake Mills

EASY 45 reviews

Glacial Drumlin State Trail: Cottage Grove to Lake Mills is a 15.6 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cottage Grove, Wisconsin that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Distance: 15.6 miles Elevation Gain: 288 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

road biking

snowshoeing

walking

running

forest

lake

partially paved

rails trails

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

city walk

Developed in 1986, the Glacial Drumlin State Trail is one of Wisconsins best bicycle trails. Starting in Cottage Grove, the trail goes east for 52 miles where it connects with other trails in the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha. This segment listed here is approximately 21.6 miles of the 52 total miles. The Glacial Drumlin requires an Annual Trail Pass for all bicyclists and rollerbladers. No trail pass is required for walking, running and hiking. The Glacial Drumlin consists of a 13 mile asphalt path between Waukesha and Dousman, and crushed stone from Dousman to Cottage Grove.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

very nice trail!

running
bugs
4 months ago

Very well maintained crushed gravel trail. Great scenery. Not crowded at all in the early AM. There are many access points. I did a 10 mile out and back run starting in Lake Mills. There are restrooms, water, and a vending machine with Gatorade at the Lake Mills trail head. There is a $5 access fee (pay is by the honor system). I ran in mid July—it is very humid in WI in the summer if you are not used to humidity start early. No avoiding the bugs though...at least not in the summer.

walking
7 months ago

My only complaint about this trail is that the mosquitos are everywhere in the summer. This isn’t a problem if you use this trail in the spring or fall though.

running
Sun Jul 01 2018

Perfect for biking and running as long as you keep moving to avoid the mosquitos. Great scenery and plenty of trail!

hiking
Thu Jun 14 2018

Nice for running or biking. Very clear and straight path. Clusters of bugs because of stagnant water from creek so not great for walks/hiking.

road biking
Sun May 20 2018

A well maintained, wide, flat, smooth trail for biking or walking. The description above is inaccurate, however. The trail is 52 miles long, flat and EASY (it's a former rail corridor, with never more than 3% grade.). See the State DNR's accurate description here: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/glacialdrumlin/

running
Tue Sep 12 2017

I ran this trail out and back (9 miles). It was nice because it was flat and had some beautiful views along the way.

Mon Jun 19 2017

From AZ visiting the area. I would not even remotely consider this a "moderate" trail. Easy is the only description to describe its difficulty. That being said, it's a beautiful hike. Lots of greenery and wildlife. Quite the departure from what I'm used to in the dessert. I started at the trailhead in Cottage Grove and went 4 miles out then back. The trail goes much farther if you want. I really enjoyed this one.

road biking
Mon Jul 16 2012

I love this trail! My Wife and I take our bikes for a ride on the Glacial Drumlin at least once every other weekend. The asphalt near Waukesha is nice, but it also draws a lot of walkers and dedicated road bikers. Once on the gravel, the trail becomes very peaceful and quiet. You can ride for hours on the gravel and not encounter another person. Just be sure to keep an eye out for the numerous potholes. There is a brief 2 mile section in the middle where the trail goes on-road, but it's short and traffic is very light.

hiking
Thu Jul 29 2010

I met a group of friends out at this trail to go for a run. It was so fun, that I returned with a friend to do some hiking. We found various animal and plant life while on our adventure! Passed some wild turkeys and also ran into a muskrat or something, I'm not entirely sure what it was. Furry. Anyway, this is a great trail, and not even that far from the city! Great for a weekend trip.

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