Explore the most popular hiking trails near Dodgeville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This hike was beautiful. Not too strenuous but beautiful and varied scenery. I didn’t see anyone else the entire four hours I did the trail. I did both the 2 1/2 mile hike as well as the 2 mile nature walk. Highly recommend actually climbing up the Pine Cliff that you will see about halfway through the nature walk right by the lake. It is off the trail a bit but if you climb up the big boulder you’ll be on a beautiful cliff in the middle of a pine forest.

Waterfall not worth the crowd! Hike to falls is app. 1/4 mile from the road. Use Stephens' Falls for a trailhead and keep moving.

FYI...after a big rain, the crowds are gone and the falls are much more impressive...can be a beautiful spot.

26 days ago

This trail is the definition of "bang for your buck". It is super accessible for hikers of all skill levels and is quite beautiful, in spots. Go early and hike the cloverleaf of inter-connected trails. Skip Stephens' Falls unless you like a crowd.


- Close to home (Madison)
- Beautiful natural landscape
- Trail(s) is/are well marked

Cons: (not really)

- Super busy! Hard to relax.
- Crowded parking on the road
- Trail is heavily wooded in spots...mosquito and tick repellent is a must must must!

1 month ago

Started this trail from Enee Point. It’s a nice hike, with some steeper inclines. As you climb closer to the top, it’s pretty clear why it’s named Pine Cliff trail, as dry pine needles cover the ground, which added a nice picturesque feature. To reach the peak, you will need to scale some rocks, but that just adds to the adventure! The view of the lake from the top can be a bit covered with greenery, but if you position yourself just right, you can see some very blue water down at the bottom.

1 month ago

Continued to Lost Canyon Trail from Stephen’s falls. There were some beautiful rock formations with regular encounters with small creeks throughout. Trail is well marked. I definitely recommend bug spray! There were some steep inclines, but worth it!

Stephen’s Falls is markedly advertised from the main road through the park. It’s a very short hike down to the waterfall, though there are some steep areas. Beautiful scenery. Can be overcrowded. But, who doesn’t love a waterfall? You can connect to the Lost Canyon Trail for additional hiking.

2 months ago

Nice hidden gem in Wisconsin. Can be made to a longer loop with Lost Canyon Trail.

Best in fall, so you can get a clear view of lakes, but summertime makes everything extra green! Bring bug spray.

on Lost Canyon Trail

2 months ago

vestido, great hike

Nice short hike. Go after a big rain.

Love this hike. The beginning is beautiful! After the cliff it's 3 stars.

10 months ago

Short easy loop hike, it's shaded all the way, very well maintained with signs and no bugs at all.

11 months ago

This is a fun, short hike to nice cool spot.

11 months ago

This is a gorgeous hike, I can't wait to go back in the fall, no bugs, it is shaded all the way, make a stop at the Stephens fall and check out the rock spring house before you go back to the car

11 months ago

Nice hike through the woods. go clockwise from Stephens Falls lot. we went to the falls first, then counterclockwise, much steeper climb that way. 9 year old did great though!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

AllTrails lists this as an easy hike but I'd call this moderate because it's got at least two steep hills. The views are nice once you're up nice and high but not spectacular. It's a pretty combination of woods and prairie and is a nice little workout. Very enjoyable.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Always a fun climb up the little cliff covered with blanket of pine needles with a view out over the lake.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

We went with the hike it baby Madison group on Saturday Am, the parking lot was already full at 10am, it's a short hike to the waterfalls maybe 10min walk , then we continued with the east loop trail, it was gorgeous and shaded al the way.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

We did this gorgeous hike with , hike it baby group in Madison, it starts off the parking lot, shaded all the way not too many bugs at all, stairsways along the way and benches on the side of the trail, we really enjoyed the view at the top .

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Stephens Falls trail intersects with this trail. If you do them together it will be a little more than four miles. Easy hiking. Lost Canyon Trail is a mowed path for 3/4 of the way, then a well-trodden dirt path the rest of the way. Stephens Falls is the highlight. This is a large park , centered around the two lakes. After hiking, we rented a paddleboat and worked our way across the Cox Hollow lake.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

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

Tuesday, November 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!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Loved the falls. Very scenic and peaceful hike.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

A pleasant 2.5 mile loop if you turn north at the dam. Plenty of stairs near the beginning. stay left at the junction to explore the rocks and cliff area, then down to.the lake. Moderate climb back up from the dam.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Fun area to spend some time. Good elevation changes that make it challenging.

Sunday, November 15, 2015


Saturday, August 08, 2015

Easy beautiful hike to Stephens Falls. Returned back to the car via a portion of the Lost Canyon Trail

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

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.

paddle sports
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.

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