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Explore the best rated trails in Madison, WI, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Levee Trail (WI) and Wild Goose State Trail . With more than 55 trails covering 525 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Starkweather Creek Path

Great Trail

June, 2024 by davep.mischka67

I’ve used this trail hundreds of times over the years as I head into Madison, Wisconsin from Sun Prairie to bike around the lakes. This is a great trail, with many a beautiful vistas.

Jefferson County Interurban Trail

Map incomplete

June, 2024 by j.michael.klaus

As noted by the previous reviewer in June, 2023, this trail is now complete from its trailhead in Watertown to its junction with County Road F, south of Ixonia. It has been paved and open since October, 2022. Please update map. The map's satellite view actually shows the asphalt surface.

Saelens Park Trail

Nick Saelens Trail

June, 2024 by cathykorwin

This is a fine trail, but no longer gives you distances like it used to. I had to guess how far I went based on a silly 200 ft. bar at bottom of map. Seriously with all the walking/biking competitions for good health going on, how hard is it to give the mileage of the path?

Accordion

400 State Trail

Great Rail Trail!

May, 2024 by tannermumm

My dad and I started at the trail head at Reedsburg after getting some great tips and info from Sue at the restored rail depot by the parking lot. The ride out from Reedsburg passes through some busy streets and the first mile or two were a little slick after yesterday’s rain. But this trail just got better and better the farther we rode! The rail trail is primarily crushed pea gravel and after a few miles it dried up real nice and was very stable and reliable. From Reedsburg to La Valle we rode through a mixture of woodland filled with wildflowers (purple/white flox, white daisies and pink columbine) as well as lush marshland filled with water fowl, turtles and muskrats! My favorite parts were the sandstone bluffs that rose majestically over the marshlands and just beyond Le Valle the trail cuts straight through 20 foot high limestone. We ate in La Valle at Fishy’s Bar and grill which had some excellent burgers and fries. At Reedsburg we ate at Ronnie’s which also had great food. Overall I would highly recommend this trail!

Sugar River State Trail

From Albany To Decatur

May, 2024 by goodsettwein

This section of trail was really pretty and easy to ride. My husband and I had lots fun exploring this trail! We also enjoyed crossing the covered bridge in Decatur.

Stone Bridge Trail

Great trail!

April, 2024 by christyfry14

Rode this trail this past week. Nice and wide and flat. I’m sure it will be even more beautiful this summer.

Military Ridge State Trail

Beautiful ride

November, 2023 by christyfry14

Rode from Mt. Horeb to Ridgeway and back. Beautiful countryside and the trail is great. All well kept. Can’t wait to go back!

Sugar River State Trail

Great trail

November, 2023 by christyfry14

I’ve ridden this trail several times. It’s well kept and beautiful!

Badger State Trail

Beautiful trail

November, 2023 by christyfry14

I’ve ridden this trail several times. It’s well kept. Most of it is shady and fairly flat.

Jane Addams Trail

Love this trail

November, 2023 by christyfry14

I’ve ridden this trail several times. It’s beautiful, pretty well kept, and flat. In the summer, most of it is shady. This fall the colors have been beautiful!

Cheese Country Recreation Trail

Beautiful countryside

November, 2023 by christyfry14

I rode just part this trail today on my electric fat tired bike (Monroe to South Wayne and back). Most of the trail is gravel/crushed limestone. I’m afraid if I didn’t have the fat tires it could have very difficult. It was a little rough also. Overall it was a beautiful ride, I just had to be very careful. It was a weekday and I didn’t see anyone else.

Great Sauk State Trail

Another Nice One

November, 2023 by the_masseuse

Super nice paved trail with lovely views! Only bummer is the trail is closed going into some park? at the end. Runs through a reservation land which is interesting. Has a cool sundial along the trail.

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