There's a chill in the air and the holidays will be here before we know it! It's a great time to get outside with the family and explore some Dane County Parks. Each month, the Healthy Parks Healthy You initiative features 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.

If you visit any of the Dane County Parks in November, share a picture from your visit on Facebook or Instagram (make sure your post audience is set to 'public') by November 30th, using #HPHY for a chance to win a gift card!

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Anderson County Park

This park is approximately 310 acres and a mix of woodland, agricultural fields and a small prairie. There is a modest network of woodland trails on the north end of the park, including a 1-mile hiking trail through the Arthur Sholts Memorial Woods, which can be accessed from a parking area off of Union Road. Visitors can also walk, run, or roll down a paved trail through the park.

Activities: Hiking and snowshoeing

Ice Age Reserve Wildlife Area

This 131-acre area is a Dane County Wildlife Area within the Ice Age Complex at Cross Plains and the National Ice Age Scientific Reserve. A segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail offers views of the glacial features and landscape. This property includes an "Art Rock" installation of 3 stones which stimulate interest in the geologic ‘sense of place’ and the trail to engage visitors in trail design and construction by providing a visual magnet featuring native stone that welcomes trail users.

Activities: Hiking, snowshoeing, foraging, and cross-country skiing

Walking Iron County Park

This 288-acre park offers miles of hiking and equestrian trails which wind through scenic restored prairies and wooded areas. During the winter, the park provides access to Dane County snowmobile trails.

Activities: Hiking and snowshoeing

Springfield Hill Natural Resource Area

Springfield Hill Segment is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dane, Wisconsin that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing, and is accessible year-round.

Activities: hiking and snowshoeing

Dogs are allowed in Dane County Parks but they must have a permit and be leashed.

Published on
November 1, 2021
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