The Dane County Park System has hundreds of miles of trails ranging from paved, hard surfaces to rustic trails through the woods. Below are some ideas of routes to get you started but there are endless opportunities within our parks. Some, but not all, parks may have restrooms or drinking fountains that are available seasonally. It is best to always bring water with you to a park, just to be safe.
After you've explored our suggestions below, check out other parks properties within our park system.
Hard surface trails might include paved trails, crushed stone trails, and wooden boardwalks. Below are some popular routes however each park has additional routes and trails to explore!
Natural surface trails include wide or narrow natural surface trails that might have roots, rocks or other hazards to watch for. Below are some popular routes however many parks have additional routes and trails to explore!
Technical trails refer to hiking trails that contain hills or obstacles such as roots, rocks, stream crossings, etc. The following parks have trails that appeal to technical runners. They all offer a number of wide and single track paths and have lots of area to explore.