Our extensive Dane County Parks system offers community members a variety of unique opportunities to get out and enjoy the benefits of nature and the outdoors.
The Dane County park system offers over 12,000 acres that connect people to the land, water and cultural resources of Dane County and consists of 26 Recreation Parks, 16 Wildlife Areas, 14 Natural Resource Areas, 6 Historical/Cultural Sites, 2 Forests, and portions of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail corridor.Find a park
Located in south-central Wisconsin, Dane County Parks offers a variety of recreational opportunities for users to enjoy the outdoors. Natural settings provide scenic getaways as well as unique locations for special events.
Dane County Parks is dedicated to making your experience enjoyable and takes an active role to enhance and preserve the county’s finest natural resources.
Parks are vibrant parts of a community, a source of community pride and a place for people to enjoy and reconnect with the natural world around them.
Parks and trails promote good physical and mental health by offering lovely and readily available venues for people to use.
Parks are havens for wildlife and promote and help maintain ecosystem diversity.
Parks provide inclusive access to diverse populations in our community, including people with physical and intellectual challenges.
Parks and trails boost state and local economies by drawing visitors, tourists, and consumers. Dane County Parks host over 3 million visitors per year.
Parks, trails and green spaces attract businesses and residents to an area and contribute to the quality of life.
Parks and resource areas help to prevent property loss from natural disasters, particularly flooding, as many parks provide buffer areas retarding urban/ suburban water runoff.
Many bicycle and hiking trails have emerged as commuter assets as well as a recreation venue. In Dane County, the Capital City State Trail is a major commuter avenue.
Programming in parks can enhance the community and provide environmental education to children and families.
Dane County Parks and trails have great community support through 18 Friends Groups and over 4,000 volunteers.
Parks are a long-term investment in our quality of life benefiting our generation and many generations in the future. Your donations of time, money, and resources help us keep our parks beautiful and welcoming for generations to come.
Dane County Parks Director Darren Marsh shares news about staff hiring efforts, a new ecommerce site, volunteers, and projects regarding parks, trails, and accessible piers.
As we celebrate our 85 years of success with Dane County Parks, we are mindful of the need to plan for our future.
There are many ways to support the work of the Foundation and help improve the appeal and value of Dane County's park system.