Map of bike paths / walking paths in the Madison area


Recreational trails for walking, running and cycling in Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin map area

Madison, Wisconsin

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Badger State Trail

Cannonball Path

Capital City Trail

Dane County Highway 12 Path

Cheryl Parkway Path

Fish Hatchery Road Path

Glacial Drumlin State Trail

Howard Temin Lakeshore Path

John Nolen Path

Military Ridge State Trail

North Fork Trail

Pheasant Branch Conservancy Trail

Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Trail

Reddan Soccer Park Path

Southwest Path

Starkweather Creek Path

Upper Yahara River Trail

Western Green Area Park

Wingra Creek Path

Yahara River Bike Path


Regional Trails

Madison is located in Dane County in South Central Wisconsin. Madison is the State Capital of Wisconsin and home to the University of Wisconsin - Madison. The city is wrapped around Lake Mendota and Lake Monona and southeast of the city is Lake Waubesa. There are a number of large parks for enjoying the natural areas with thick woods, meadows, wildlife, athletic fields and other recreational opportunities.

Madison has a large network of recreational trails within the city and there are several regional trails that connect with the trails in the city or are located on the outskirts. These are trails for walking, bike riding, running, sight-seeing, fishing, enjoying the outdoors and commuting to work or to school.

Military Ridge State Trail

The Military Ridge State Trail is a 40-mile long unpaved and paved trail that extends from Dodgeville to Fitchburg, a suburb of Madison, in South Central Wisconsin. The route goes through Iowa County and Dane County. Much of the trail travels through rural Wisconsin, going past farmland, through thick wooded areas, across wetlands and open prairie.The trail passes through several local communities along the way.

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Badger State Trail

The Badger State Trail is a 40-mile long pathway that extends from Madison to the southern border of Wisconsin. There are both unpaved and paved sections of the trail. The trail goes through open farmland, over rolling hills, through several farming communities and through a 1,200-foot long old railroad tunnel. The route follows that of an abandoned railroad right-of-way, it has fairly gentle grades and wide curves. The trail allows trail users to get away from traffic and congestion and there are relatively few road crossings.

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Glacial Drumlin State Trail

The Glacial Drumlin State Trail is a 52-mile long pathway that stretches from Cottage Grove to Wuakesha. This trail connects the urban communities of Madison with Milwuakee. For much of the route the trail was constructed along an abandoned railroad right-of-way. The trail takes you through thick forests, wide open farmland, crosses multiple creeks and goes through a number of small farming communities.

Read more about the Glacial Drumlin State Trail

Capital City Trail

The Capital City Trail is a paved pathway that makes a loop around the south side if the city, traveling through Fitchburg. The trail has multiple access paths leading into neighborhoods, schools, parks and connecting with other trails along the way. The route of the trail goes through vast natural areas with trees and open meadows.

The west end of the trail is at Arrowhead Park which is also the junction of the Badger State Trail and the Cannonball Path. This spot is just east of the intersection of  Williamsburg Way and Highway 151. The trail heads to the east from this location, going through Chicory Meadows Park and residential neighborhoods. After tucking under Highway D, trail users must travel south on Glacier Valley Road for 1/3 of a mile to get to the next section of trail.

The trail then goes past Eagle School, Gunflint Trail Park and Capital Springs State Recreation Area. The Capital City Trail then runs adjacent to McCoy Road and goes under Highway 14. the trail then heads cross country through large open spaces and heads north near Lake Farm Park. the trail follows alongside several roadways before tucking under Highway 18.

The northeast end of the Capital City Trail is located at the parking area for Turville Point Conservation Park on John Nolen Drive. From this location it is easy to connect with other trails, such as the John Nolen Path and the Wingra Creek Path.

Southwest Path

The Southwest Path is a 5.5-mile long paved pathway that extends from Arrowhead Park to N. Shore Dive next to Monoma Bay. The trail was constructed along an old railroad corridor and goes past residential neighborhoods, golf courses, Edgewood College, Camp Randall Stadium and the Kohl Center. The south end of the Southwest Path allows a connection to the Cannonball Path, the Capital City Trail and the Badger State Trail.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the recreational trails in the Madison, Wisconsin, area.

Individual Maps for Recreational Trails in Wisconsin

Here is a list of links to the individual maps for specific recreational trails in the State of Wisconsin.