Lower Yahara River Trail

Dane County Parks is excited to announce that Phase 1 of the Lower Yahara River Trail was opened to the public on August 27, 2017.  This nearly 2.5-mile trail provides an off-road trail connection between the City of Madison and the Village of McFarland that didn’t previously exist. It includes the longest inland boardwalk bridge constructed solely for non-motorized transportation in North America!  The mile-long bridge spans Lake Waubesa, connecting the Capital City Trail with McDaniel Park in the Village of McFarland. The bridge runs alongside an active railroad corridor and includes an accessible fishing pier, rest stops, and observation areas with picturesque views.  

The Lower Yahara River Trail is open to hiking and biking, and other forms of non-motorized transit - a trail pass is not required.  Please note that pets are not allowed on the boardwalk bridge.

Users can access the trail from the east at McDaniel Park in the Village of McFarland or from the west at the Capital City State Trail using the Lewis Nine Springs E-Way parking lot on Moorland Road.  Dane County will be constructing a second trailhead access in the west across from the Lussier Family Heritage Center during the fall of 2017.


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