If you are looking for biking trails take a whirl around the Uplands Loop which connects around 8 miles of biking trails. This trail will take you on a medium effort ride, winding you though fields, brush, and the woods all while taking in the beautiful view of Devil’s Lake itself!
If you are looking for hiking trails you will find over 29 miles of them at Devil’s Lake State park. There are varying difficulties for all the trails even some accessible to people with disabilities. Be careful during the winter, as park trails are not maintained for winter hiking.
For more information on Devil’s Lake State Park visit http://www.devilslakewisconsin.com/activities/
Though distinctive for its natural beauty and expansive tracts of land, Warner Park is primarily defined by its links to the community. Home to the Madison Mallards, Warner Park Community Recreation Center, and Rhythm and Booms, it is no surprise this north side gem is popular amongst Madisonians and city guests. The colorful shelter is popular for reunions and parties, while other notable attractions include the off-leash dog park, beach, and frequented boat launch. Visit their site at http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/parks/park.cfm?id=1368
Mirror Lake covers over 2000 acres and is just three miles from Wisconsin Dells. Sandstone bluffs surround half the lake which offers excellent fishing, swimming and canoeing & kayaking. Wooded campsites, picnic areas, a boat landing, and miles of biking, hiking and cross-country ski trails. For more info, visit http://mirrorlakewisconsin.com/
Lake Kegonsa State Park (Stoughton, WI) is famous fishing location features fresh lakes and water activities. One main attraction is The White Oak Nature Trail’s effigy mounds, opening up to the woodlands, prairies, and wetlands in the area. Campers, hikers, and picnickers frolic here year-round. Check out their site at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/lakekegonsa/
The city of Sun Prairie has a wonderful Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department that manages a number of parks, programs, sports, dog parks, seasonal jobs for youth and much more. Visit their website to learn more about what there is to do outdoors in Sun Prairie and find the Sun Prairie weather cancellation hotline. http://www.cityofsunprairie.com/docs/department_home.php?department_id=12&main_id=2208
Located in Wingra Park, Wingra Boats rents canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, rowboats, paddle boards, sailboats, windsurfers, swim rafts, fishing poles and much more! Wingra Boats has been helping the Madison community enjoy the beautiful Lake Wingra in a fun and safe way since the 1950s. Visit their site at http://www.wingraboats.com/
With 227 acres of land, Elver Park is the largest Madison community park. In the winter the park has a hockey rink, a sledding hill, and some ski trails, but in the summer softball diamonds, soccer fields, and disc golf become the main attractions. Visit their website http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/parks/park.cfm?id=1172
Stricker’s Pond is another amazing Wisconsin park that was formed because of glaciers. The Pond is a great area to hike the surrounding woods or watch the migrating waterfowl. Check out their website http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/parks/park.cfm?id=1332
Prairies and savannas cover this magnificent landscape. Flowers paint this park with various colors that rival any actual painting. Check out their website http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/parks/park.cfm?id=1305
Hiestand Park features a year long disc golf course, summer soccer leagues, and two winter sledding hills. It also has the Hiestand Woods Conservation Park that is surrounded red oaks. Check out their website http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/parks/park.cfm?id=1207