Each month during 2021, the Healthy Parks Healthy You initiative will feature four Dane County Parks on our partners social media pages, so that our community can learn about the many special places that make up the County Parks system. One of the featured parks each month will host a Story Walk that families can read while exploring the park.
If you visit any of the Dane County Parks in January, make sure to take a picture and share it on Facebook by January 31st, using #HealthyParksHealthyYou for a chance to win gift cards and other prizes!
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January’s Featured Parks
A 775-acre park located in the Town of Springdale, southeast of Mt. Horeb. The park contains oak woods, intriguing rock outcroppings with scenic vistas and springs.
Activities: Hiking, snowshoeing, scenic overlook, wildlife viewing
A spacious park in Cottage Grove that offers many activities for families and friends to enjoy. The vision of the park was to provide “a place where kids from the city can learn about nature”.
Activities: Hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing (permit req.), sledding
A 328-acre park, which is a unit of the Capital Springs Recreation Area in central Madison. The park has a campground with 54 reservable sites with bathroom and shower facilities.
Activities: Story Walk, dog park, cross-country skiing (permit req.), snowshoeing, lake access (permit req.), ice fishing, hiking, plowed asphalt bike trail
Story Walk: The Napping House by Audrey Wood (Available through Jan. 31st)
A 141-acre park located adjacent to Cherokee marsh, the largest remaining wetland in Dane County. Yahara Heights consists of over 3,000 feet of water frontage providing a wildlife habitat preserve, fish spawning grounds and a water sedimentation area for Lake Mendota.
Activities: Dog park, snowshoeing, hiking
**Dogs are allowed in Dane County Parks, but they must have a permit and be leashed. Dogs are not allowed on cross-country ski trails.