Governor Dodge State Park Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews

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

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1332 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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backpacking
5 months ago

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

hiking
10 months 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
11 months ago

Loved the falls. Very scenic and peaceful hike.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

hiking
Monday, September 07, 2015

birding
Sunday, June 28, 2015

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
Sunday, July 13, 2014

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
Sunday, July 13, 2014

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.