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

rock climbing
2 days ago

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1 month ago

Beautiful natural springs and nice trails. Great for walking with some views of Lake Wingra.

8 months ago

We just finished the Wingra Woods portion of the trail with the kids. Pretty easy walking, great scenery, and we even saw some turkeys. I could see the mosquitoes being bad in the summer, but it’s perfect in the fall.

road biking
10 months ago

The hiking is a 1... much better hiking can be found elsewhere in the Madison area. But the newly completed Lower Yahara River bike path is awesome! Easy riding 1.5 miles thru the park, then a .9 mile section of boardwalk across Lake Waubesa ending at McDaniels Park in Macfarland. It just opened at the end of August 2017 so it's getting a lot of traffic right now.

11 months ago

Lots of mosquitoes if you go in the summer especially now in august, stay away they are thick and brutal

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Hike it baby Madison group , enjoyed this trail , lots of wild flowers along the trail, shaded all the way, plenty of parking at the park.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Plenty of parking and good trail with lots of shade. Well marked

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pretty nice , the trail looked good and less crowded in the morning, we loved the view of the capital.plenty of parking, will definitely do it again

Friday, October 28, 2016

Beautiful hike in the woods with well marked, but complex, trails. Can see some Indian earth mounds. Passes a spring that flows to lake Wingra. Minor elevation gain, easy for kids. Saw some puffball mushrooms on trees, lightly poking them gives out green cloud of spores.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Both times I went to the park were rather miserable. There were so many mosquitoes, I was eaten alive, even with mosquito repellent. This year though has been particularly harsh throughout the state.
Other than that, the first time I went was just atrocious. I was hoping to get the full view of the area and had not really seen the trail map but had heard there were 20 miles of hiking trails. I went to the Visitor Center, and they gave me the map for the Horticultural Gardens. This is not the same as the trail map. I ended up getting so ridiculously lost that I had to go to the main road to find where I was before I officially gave up.
The second time I went was much more enjoyable. The hike was very quiet with pleasant shade in the woods and gentle breezes. The prairie had at least seven-foot tall flora that kept me from getting burnt to a crisp as well. The trails ranged in size from being about ten-feet across to just barely two feet. The variety of this place is astounding and definitely a great thing to come see.
Overall though, this is a quick short jaunt that is completely flat. If this is what you are looking for in the middle of Madison, you're in luck. This is perfect for families or for someone who just wants a quick walk. If you want to hike for a few hours though, this will not suffice largely because it gets old very quickly.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Beautiful in the springtime when we went, though I wish the forest were a little denser. Great hiking spot, lots of steep hills.

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trail running
11 months ago

Sunday, June 04, 2017

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