Top Madison Trails for the Fall Season

Summer may be coming to a close, but your time on the many Madison trails doesn't have to be over. Whether you prefer to walk, jog, or bike, you can still get out and enjoy some incredible trails throughout the Madison area. In fact, some of the trails may be better in the fall than in the summer.

Let's look at a few of the top trials to enjoy in Madison for the fall season.

UW-Madison Arboretum Trails

This is a no-brainer for anybody looking to enjoy the fall foliage. The trails at the UW-Madison Arboretum are incredible and provide all types of great views throughout the year. The fall is a special time here and these trails won't disappoint.

You can easily access the trails at the UW-Madison Arboretum from several locations including:

  • UW-Madison Campus
  • Fitchburg
  • Seminole
  • Monroe Street
  • And More!

If you love the changing color of the fall, make sure you hit these trails in late September or anytime in October.

UW-Madison Lakeshore Path

Another top trial for the fall in Madison is the UW-Madison Lakeshore Path. This path offers plenty of great views and it will push you a bit, even though you cannot bike all the way to the tip. You can hike all the way to the tip of the peninsula and enjoy time at Picnic Point.

This is another choice for those looking to see the fall foliage, but also offers a bit of a unique path to enjoy during the fall in Madison.

Lake Monona Loop

As one of the most well-known options in the Madison area, you can't go wrong with a day on the Lake Monona Loop. This trail offers a beautiful lake to enjoy, a quiet neighborhood, incredible skyline views, and so much more. You can even stop in the Monona Bait & Ice Cream store for a snack along the way.

Badger State Trail

A very long 40-mile trail from Madison to the Wisconsin-Illinois border, the Badger State Trail offers a great choice for those looking for a long ride. It's rather scenic, as well with plenty of prairies, meadows, farmlands, and woods along the way.

If you decide to tackle this trail in the fall, you'll get to enjoy great views of the leaves changing, along with a ride through smaller communities and even some glacial topography. Of course, the 1,200-foot long Stewart Tunnel is a huge highlight, but make sure you have a jacket and a flashlight for this section of the trail.

Quarry Ridge Trail

For the mountain bikers looking for some fall fun the Quarry Ridge Trail. This set of trails are perfect for those looking to enjoy some serious mountain biking. Some of the trails are rated easy, while others are more advanced. You'll also gain access to both the Capital City State Trails and the Military Ridge State Trails from the Quarry Ridge Trail.

If you're looking to get out and enjoy biking, hiking, running or walking this fall, all of these Madison trails are a great choice!

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