Best Hiking Trails in Madison, WI

Handpicked Top 3 Hiking Trails in Madison, WI. How do we actually find the most highly rated hiking trail? Our 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, local reviews, nearness, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. That's not all... businesses do not pay us to list them. You deserve only the best!


1250 McKenna Blvd, Madison, WI 53719

Accessible, Bicycling, Birding, Camping, Fishing, Geo-Seeking, Hiking, Nature Trail, Ice-Skating and Hockey Rinks, Sledding Hill & Lighted Cross-Country Ski Trials

Impressive 227 acres in the southwest corner of the city

Mon - Sun : 4:00 am - 10:00 pm

Elver is a fun place to check out most times of the year, for various reasons. In the winter it's good for plenty of cold weather activities, like ice skating in a rink, sledding down one of the steeper hills Madison has to offer, and has trails of varying difficulties for Cross Country Skiing. Don't have ice skates? Rent 'em for $5-6 an hour! Don't have skis? Rent 'em for $9 an hour! Don't have a sled? Can't rent those here, but they're cheap anyway.
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6021 Old Sauk Rd, Madison, WI 53705

Dogs on Leash, Birding, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail, Running, Walking, Forest Lake & Wild Flowers

Features 3.4 miles of trails

Mon - Sun : 4:00 am - 10:00 pm

Are you looking for a peaceful place to take a nice walk through the prairie? Head on over to Owen Conservation Park. The park entrance is an unassuming driveway - blink and you'll miss it - but once you wind down the road you'll find yourself with beautiful trails to walk. There's a small parking lot, but if it's full there's usually parking along Old Sauk Road. Bonus points for bathrooms and for wild turkey sightings - if you've ever gotten backed up near the elementary school on Old Sauk.
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802 Femrite Dr, Madison, WI 53716

Since 1972

Hiking, Historical Feature, Snowshoeing, Outdoor Activities, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking, Forest Lake, Wild Flowers, Nature & Park

The area incorporates a little more than 3 miles of trails

Mon - Sun : 4:00 am - 6:30 pm

This is my favorite neighborhood retreat when I want some peaceful nature time. So much beauty and variety in this little preserve. A little hilly forest with Giant oaks, marshland/ ponds, a boardwalk, and nicely kept paths through it all. Lots of happy wildlife call this home. I just wish I could bring my dog here!
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