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Military Ridge State Trail

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Dodgeville, Wisconsin

Military Ridge State Trail is a 40 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Dodgeville, Wisconsin and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 40.0 miles Elevation Gain: 846 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

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The 40-mile Military Ridge State Trail, in Iowa and Dane counties, connects Dodgeville and Madison, by way of an 1855 military route between Verona and Dodgeville. The trail runs along the southern borders of Governor Dodge and Blue Mound state parks and runs east following highway 18 starting near Blue Mound State Park, through Mt Horeb, and ending near County Rd PD in Verona, WI. The trail is partially paved for several miles and the rest is crushed gravel and ideal for bicycling or walking and is wheelchair accessible.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked with 2 dogs. A fair amount of bikers out today- not all announce themselves from behind- which would help!

walking
Mon Sep 24 2018

I've walked and biked the length of this trail (in increments) several times, and I love it! The only downside is that HWY 18/151 runs, at some spots, close to the trail. But the views, especially west of Mt. Horeb, are wonderful year around.

Thu Aug 17 2017

this is a horrid trail. runs along highway, very noisy. Areas filled with sand instead of gravel which cause you to nearly fall and not always noticeable in the gravel till you're on top of it. poorly maintained. Dont think any funds from trail fees to ride the trail are going toward its maintenance. find another trail in this fantastic biking area of southeastern wi instead.

Sun Nov 06 2016

Great trail, but be sure you pay for access. they were issuing tickets on the day I hiked.

hiking
Fri Jan 02 2015

Hike 10 miles from Verona to small town past Riley. Trail is well kept and easy to walk. Hope to do the whole trail this year. It was 45 deg F on the day I hiked

hiking
Mon Feb 25 2013

42 miles a pleasant Wisconsin country side. You guys don't know how good you have it! Just one of Wisconsin's many scenic rail trails :)

road biking
Mon Aug 27 2012

We biked this trail from Madison to Mt. Horeb and back. It was a fun ride, with stops at the Grumpy Troll and Riley's Tavern. A great day!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

mountain biking
11 months ago

mountain biking
11 months ago

hiking
Sun Apr 21 2019

Wed Sep 26 2018

Wed Oct 18 2017

hiking
Sat Sep 09 2017

hiking
Sun Aug 13 2017

recorded Military Ridge

hiking
Sat Jul 22 2017

mountain biking
Mon Aug 22 2016

road biking
Tue Jun 23 2015