Explore the most popular walking 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.

Nice trail, pretty much always within earshot of traffic. Lovely view of the Madison skyline over the water.

trail running
2 months ago

Beautiful!

rock climbing
2 months ago

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One of many great trails to ride on in and around Madison!!

i agree with directions here. it led me to a street with few parking spots. i travel in an rv so i found a nearby business ..closed on sat so it worked. u did a few miles till i saw signs for the Lake Loop..so i did that. Beautiful city. I rode my Me-Mover ...ended up doing 18 miles

Good for a jog or walking!

walking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous views of the marsh and varied terrain make for an interesting and fun walk. Proximity to Vilas is just an added bonus for the kids!

hiking
4 months ago

Great easy walk or run with beautiful views of the isthmus or the northwest shores of Mendota. Lots of little off-shoots to explore with kids, too!

hiking
11 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.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

This is one of my favorite trail running spots in Madison. Gorgeous, wooded trails with beautiful views of Lake Mendota. At the point the view of the capital is spectacular!

road biking
Sunday, September 10, 2017

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.

walking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Great trail. Definitely a nice easy trail with some nice views of Lake Mendota and a beautiful prairie (Biocore). We went a little farther than just the Picnic Point loop. I don't think I got quite to Frautschi Point! Had a great time with my dog, hubby, sister, bro-in-law and their newborn!

hiking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Nice easy hike along lake. Encountered a. Few mosquitoes. Many wildflowers. A few fire pit circles along the way. Many side paths to explore.

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

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

walking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Very Easy trail and the view was beautiful. My toddler was able to walk half of it.

walking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

This is a neat little trail! The boardwalk was beautiful, although a large section of it is currently down for repairs. Bugs are bad, so bring spray!

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

This is a really nice Trail for an easy hike. If you do an out and back on the point you have a flat trail that alternates woods and open air. As the point narrows you have the lake on either side. This includes a small beach, great views, and several fire pits with wood provided. There are also several trails that diverge from the main trail that offer more forest and lake views along with a restored prairie. You can access Picnic Point via the Temin Lakeshore path if you want to extend the hike or add in a great bike route.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Iconic hike/walk of Madison. Pretty flat most of the way as you go along the shoreline and through the forest on your way to the beautiful picnic point. Branch off the main trail to other trails to find quieter less busy spots in the woods, beautiful open meadows, and of course the lake.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Easy trail to follow

hiking
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.

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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

hiking
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, January 13, 2017

Good scenery but was a bit sketchy due to the large holes in the piers.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Very calming and mystical!

hiking
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.

walking
Monday, June 01, 2015

This is a great trail but the Map link for the start of the trail is a little off. Start in the middle of a neighborhood. Beautiful walk around the Lake.

road biking
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Love love LOVE this trail and all of the Wisconsin trails that connect to this one! Great for exploring, commuting, and just for relaxing recreation.

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