Governor Dodge State Park Trail

MODERATE 59 reviews
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Governor Dodge State Park Trail is a 7.1 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: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 977 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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snow
20 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent well marked trail, beautiful area! There is lots of elevation change so be ready for a good workout!

hiking
2 months ago

Be prepared for a lot of elevation changes. But once you get to the cave, Stephens Falls, and the overlook, you’ll know the trek was worth the exhaustion.

hiking
3 months ago

Really enjoyed the Stephens Falls trail. Also walked Lost Canyon.

hiking
3 months ago

What a cool place. That waterfall is so pretty. There is actually a ton of really neat spots that are beautiful to observe/explore. Decent in intensity. Lots of incline/decline. Place is huge. High traffic though.

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rocky
5 months ago

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8 months ago

From Cox Hollow on Cave trail to Meadow to gold mine to driftless to old orchard to lost valley then back to cave trail. only hiker on a weekday morning, peaceful. no trail condition issues other than a little mud here and there. mosquitos and black flies not out yet.

hiking
Fri Aug 24 2018

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.

backpacking
Tue May 02 2017

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

hiking
Tue Nov 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!

hiking
Sun Oct 30 2016

Loved the falls. Very scenic and peaceful hike.

bird watching
Sun Jun 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
Sun Jul 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.

hiking
Thu Sep 05 2013

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
Mon Jul 08 2013

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
Sun Mar 10 2013

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
Tue Dec 04 2012

best park in the area

hiking
Fri Apr 22 2011

Not super hardcore but good for an adventuress Family

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