5 Best Winter Hiking Trails in Madison

The Minter Team
The Minter Team
Published on January 9, 2020

Time to bundle up and get outside before the cold temps hit! Here are 5 of our favorite places to go hiking in the winter.

  1. Picnic Point – The scenery at picnic point is on point (pun intended) year-round. The mile-long peninsula offers beautiful scenery and a great view of Lake Mendota and the Capitol.

2. Cherokee Marsh – The north unit offers a variety of trails and boardwalks for visits to enjoy some hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Entry is free all year round.

3. UW-Arboretum – The Arboretum offers 17 miles of trails for visitors to explore the land, 10 of which are designated specifically for snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. The Arboretum also offers frequent night and day group walks for a small fee.

4. Ice Age Trail – The Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath that crosses through 30 counties in Wisconsin. The trail is open for hiking, backpacking and snowshoeing year round and many segments support cross-country skiing as well.

5. Capital Springs State Recreation Area – The 2,500 acres is home to a variety of quality natural landscapes, such as oak savanna, prairie, mixed woodland, wetlands and contiguous cattail marsh. The area is open year round and offers a variety of outdoor activities for visitors.

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