Military Ridge State Trail

Military Ridge State Trail, Blue Mounds, WI

The 40-mile Military Ridge State Trail, in Iowa and Dane counties, connects Dodgeville and Madison, Wisconsin, by way of the communities of Ridgeway, Barneveld, Blue Mounds, Mount Horeb, Riley, Klevenville, and Verona<The 40-mile Military Ridge State Trail, in Iowa and Dane counties, connects Dodgeville and Madison, Wisconsin, by way of the communities of Ridgeway, Barneveld, Blue Mounds, Mount Horeb, Riley, Klevenville, and Verona.


The trail follows an old military road built in 1855 between Verona and Dodgeville. The Military Ridge State Trail connects to the Madison trail system via the Capital Springs trail access to the Milwaukee area. The high point on the trail is at Blue Mounds, about 1300 feet above sea level, and the lowest is along the Sugar River between Riley and Verona, about 930 feet. Rich in history and panoramic views. Hike, touring bike, snowmobile. The trail runs along the southern borders of Governor Dodge and Blue Mound state parks. The land around the trail is primarily agricultural, but also includes woods, wetlands, prairies, villages, and small cities.

The Military Ridge State Park Trail connects with the three-mile Capital City State Trail and continues on to Madison. Most of the trail is surfaced in limestone and open to bicycles, wheelchairs, and hikers during the spring, summer and fall. The limestone-surfaced trail runs along the southern borders of Governor Dodge and Blue Mound state parks. The land around the trail is primarily agricultural, but also includes woods, wetlands, prairies, villages, and small cities. The limestone-surfaced trail is open to hikers, bicyclists, and wheelchair users in late spring, summer, and fall and snowmobilers and cross-country skiers in the winter. The segment between Verona and Madison is blacktopped and also usable by in-line skaters. The limestone-surfaced trail is open to walkers, bicyclists, and wheelchair users in late spring, summer, and fall and snowmobilers and cross-country skiers in the winter. Visitors may also find the old railroad depot about mile west in town of interest. The trail, which is used throughout the year for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling as well as for hiking and biking, winds along the hill country adjacent to Wisconsin 18/U.S. 151.

Between Dodgeville and Mount Horeb, riders travel atop the actual Military Ridge which divides the Wisconsin River watershed to the north and the Pecatonica and Rock River watersheds to the south. Either way, riders enjoy panoramic views of the countryside. The second half of the trail, between Mount Horeb and Fitchburg, descends into the deliciously named Sugar River Valley. After Fitchburg, the Military Ridge State Park Trail connects with the three-mile Capital City State Trail and continues on to Madison. Most of the trail is surfaced in limestone and open to bicycles, wheelchairs, and hikers during the spring, summer and fall. The three-mile section between Verona and Madison is blacktopped and usable by inline-skaters.

In Klevenville there is a prairie remnant that extends for about 60 yards on both sides of the trail just east of Klevenville. For birders there are Killdeer, flickers, red-tailed hawks, and bobolinks in the area. The trail lins to the City of Madison’s 100 miles of marked bicycle routes linking the University of Wisconsin, state capitol and parks along Lakes Mendota, Monona, and Wingra. In Verona is the East end of trail. This is about six miles North of the Cameo Rose. Parjk your car at a Highways Business 18/151 and PB is a 100-car parking lot.

Nearby is Cave of the Mounds, a popular attraction where you can take a guided tour into a world of underground pools and shimmering stalactites and stalagmites. A visit to Military Ridge is a real treat from top to bottom.

There are a total of 48 bridges along the trail. The most recent addition to the trail, is the asphalt section from County Road PB on the east side of Verona, to County Road PD in Fitchburg. From here, there is a short on-road jaunt to the Capital City Trail, which connects with other Madison Trails. Bicyclists who want to camp at Governor Dodge Park must exit the trail at highway Z and camp in the family campgrounds.

Military Ridge State Trail Map
Friends of the Military Ridge State Trail

Camping at Military Ridge State Trail:
Campgrounds are at Governor Dodge as well as Blue Mount State Park, and they do take advanced reservations. Restaurants, taverns and lodging are available at regular intervals along the Military Ridge State Trail.

Direction:
Military Ridge State Trail in the City of Blue Mounds - Dane County (Southeast WI).

Locations

Military Ridge State Trail
4350 Mounds Park Rd P.O. Box 98
Blue Mounds, WI, WI 53517
United States
Friends of Military Ridge State Trail
P.O. Box 373, Mt.
Horeb, WI 53572
United States
Phone: 
608-437-7393
Phone: 
Email to Friends of the Military Ridge State Trail: Freinds@militaryridge-trail.org

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