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5 Epic Fall Trails in Greater Madison

Fall Foliage

Us Wisconsinites know how crucial it is to enjoy autumn to the very last leaf dropping, because in a blink of an eye, it's here and gone. The Greater Madison Area offers many different scenic areas to enjoy the fall foliage. Check out these five epic spots with the most beautiful fall views while you still can!



UW-Madison Aboretum, Madison

• 1,200 acres of land

• Woodlands, wetlands, ponds, restored prairies, gardens, trees

• Biking and hiking trails

• Over 20 miles of footpaths and boardwalks

• Group tours offered

Picnic Point

Picnic Point, Madison

• Mile-long peninsula along Lake Mendota’s south shore

• Scenic views, wildlife, easy access to marshes and bay areas

• Fire pit circles and free fire wood

• Multiple trails to explore

Pheasant Branch Conservancy

​Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Middleton

• Oak savannas, prairies and wetlands

• Natural springs and seeps flow into Pheasant Branch Creek

• An abundance of vegetation and wildlife

• Great for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts

Capital City State Trail, Madison

• Multiple trails running along Madison's southern boarder

• Scenic views of Lake Monona on the loop around John Nolen Dr.

• View of the Madison skyline and access to Monona Terrace

• Connected to the Southwest Commuter Bike Path, the Badger State Trail, Military

Ridge Trail and more

Cherokee Marsh

Cherokee Marsh, Madison

• Located at the head of Madison's lakes

• Largest wetlands in Dane County

• 2.6 miles of trails, boardwalk, and two observation decks

• Multiple areas to wildlife and bird watch

• Guided nature walks offered

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