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The Best Hiking in Madison

Looking for the best hiking in Madison? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Madison. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Madison

  • Madison, Wisconsin

    Explore the University of Wisconsin Arboretum

    It is filled with effigy mounds, thousands of plant and animal species, and unlimited places to explore.  You can run, hike, bike, and even drive through the Arboretum.  There is a visitor center and you can host an event here.  Trail info  One of my favorite trails is in the Grady Tract area nea...
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  • Madison, Wisconsin

    Edgewood College Nature Trail

    1.08 mi / 69 ft gain
    Edgewood College Nature Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Madison, Wisconsin.
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  • Madison, Wisconsin

    Picnic Point Marsh Loop Trail

    1.98 mi / 85 ft gain
    Picnic Point Marsh Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Madison, Wisconsin.
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  • Madison, Wisconsin

    Turville Point Conservation Park

    1.39 mi / 154 ft gain
    Turville Point Conservation Park is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Madison, Wisconsin.
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  • Madison, Wisconsin

    UW Arboretum Big Spring Trail

    2.49 mi / 161 ft gain
    UW Arboretum Big Spring Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Madison, Wisconsin.
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  • Madison, Wisconsin

    Curtis Prairie

    2.5 mi / 253 ft gain
    Curtis Prairie is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Madison, Wisconsin.
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  • Madison, Wisconsin

    UW Arboretum

    5.15 mi / 361 ft gain
    UW Arboretum is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Madison, Wisconsin.
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  • Madison, Wisconsin

    Hiking through Owen Conservation Park

    There are no specific trails in this conservancy, so just choose the path that looks the best to you.  It would be hard to get lost here and all the trails put together are only about 3 miles.   There are some hills, but nothing too serious. bathrooms in the parking lotsmall parking lotfreecommon...
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  • Madison, Wisconsin

    Badger State Trail

    39.99 mi / 922 ft gain
    Badger State Trail is a point-to-point trail where you may see local wildlife located near Madison, Wisconsin.
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  • Waunakee, Wisconsin

    Morningside Loop Trail

    2.24 mi / 128 ft gain
    Morningside Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Madison, Wisconsin.
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  • Madison, Wisconsin

    Lake Farm County Park

    2.17 mi / 72 ft gain
    Lake Farm County Park is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Madison, Wisconsin.
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  • Middleton, Wisconsin

    Pheasant Branch and Fredrick's Hill

    3.93 mi / 364 ft gain
    Pheasant Branch and Fredrick's Hill is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Middleton, Wisconsin.
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  • Madison, Wisconsin

    Elver Park Trail

    2.56 mi / 194 ft gain
    Elver Park Trail is a loop trail that is good for all skill levels located near Madison, Wisconsin.
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  • Madison, Wisconsin

    Hike the Ice Age Junction Trail portion of the Ice Age Trail

    4.6 mi
    This is an excellent trail right in the city of Madison and doing this portion made me very excited to continue hiking more of the Ice Age Trail in this area.  The Ice Age Trail is more than 1,000 miles long and it follows the edge of the last continental glacier in Wisconsin.   - - - - - For thi...
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  • Middleton, Wisconsin

    Hike through Pope Farm Conservancy

    More info can be found about that here.  This is a beautiful 105 acre conservancy with several different trails.  It’s a great spot for a picnic and to bring the family.  There are interpretive signs so you can learn about the history of the land like glaciers and the different settlers.  They ev...
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  • Waunakee, Wisconsin

    Schumacher Farm Park Loop

    0.95 mi / 108 ft gain
    Schumacher Farm Park Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Waunakee, Wisconsin.
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