Fall colors are starting to show, which means it's a great time to plan some fall hikes! This month's features parks include some fantastic fall colors. 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. In October, you can visit the StoryWalk featuring Run Wild by David Covell, at Brigham County Park.

If you visit any of the Dane County Parks in October, share a picture from your visit on Facebook or Instagram (make sure your post audience is set to 'public') by October 31st, using #HPHY or #HealthyParksHealthyYou for a chance to win a gift card!

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Donald County Park

Donald County Park (photo courtesy of Dane County Parks)

This 775-acre park contains oak woods, intriguing rock outcroppings with scenic vistas and springs. The park is also known for its hiking, equestrian trails and trout streams; Deer Creek and Frye Feeder, and Mt. Vernon Creek.

Activities: Equestrian trails*, hiking

Story Walk: Run Wild by David Covell

Indian Lake County Park

Indian Lake County Park (photo courtesy of Dane County Parks)

At 500+ acres, it is one of Dane County's largest parks. A winding trail leads to a historic chapel built in 1857, perched on a hilltop with breathtaking views. Trails offer recreational opportunities for all seasons, including access to a log cabin warming house. An unfenced, off-leash dog park is located adjacent to the boat launch.

Activities: Hiking, fall colors, fishing, dog park*, scenic overlook

McCarthy County Park

McCarthy County Park (photo by Jess Starks)

The park offers 180-acres of land to enjoy group camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, equestrian trails and camping, picnic opportunities, and a beautiful prairie/wetland restoration.

Activities: Equestrian trails*, hiking

Phil Woods County Park

Phil's Woods Natural Resource Area (photo courtesy of Dane County Parks)

This 37-acre natural resource area has natural woods and meadows that offer hiking trails and scenic vistas including views of the Baraboo Bluffs from the western field.

Activities: hiking, fall colors

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

Published on
October 1, 2021
Healthy Parks Healthy You

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