Oh, the snow! We love it. It’s great to change up the view and enjoy the same paths with a different feel. Wearing the right gear makes all the difference. Too hot or too cold with kids in tow will make for a miserable experience or at least a challenge to stay excited about hiking. 

Preparing is key. Make sure to bring water (even when cold) and snacks. Check out the trail maps and think about how far is realistic. Maybe even throw a few extra layers in a backpack in case the weather shifts and gets colder. 

We’ve attempted snowshoeing and hiking in a smidge of snow or a lot of snow. It’s great to go on a local adventure and get the entire family outside. It’s fun to try to spot animals, check out plants/trees, or look for animal tracks in the snow.

There are tons of local options throughout the Madison area and most have a water view. Let us know about your favorites and what makes it fun for your family!

Capitol Springs State Recreation Area– south Madison

3102 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI 53711| open 5am-10pm

Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park– north side Madison

6098 N. Sherman Ave. Madison, WI 53704 | open 4am- dusk

Edna Taylor Conservation Park– east side Madison

802 Femrite Dr, Madison, WI 53716 | 4am- 6pm

Elver Park– west side Madison

1250 McKenna Blvd, Madison, WI 53719 | 4am-10pm

Governor Nelson– Waunakee

5140 Co Hwy M, Waunakee, WI 53597 | 6am-11pm

Lower Yahara River Trail– east side Madison

3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI 53711| dawn-dusk

Owen Conservation Park– west side Madison

6021 Old Sauk Rd, Madison, WI 53705 | 4am-10pm

Patrick Marsh Wildlife Area– Sun Prairie

Stein Rd, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 | dawn-dusk

Pheasant Branch Conservancy– Middleton

4864 Pheasant Branch Rd, Middleton, WI 53562 | 5am-10pm

Picnic Point– central Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000 University Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53705 | 4am-10pm

Sandburg Woods– far east side Madison

2902 Independence Ln, Madison, WI 53704 | 4am-6pm

Token Creek– DeForest

6200 Williamsburg Way DeForest, WI 53532 | 5am-10pm

Turville Point Conservation Park– central Madison

1202 Olin-Turville Ct, Madison, WI 53715 | 4am-6pm

UW Arboretum– near west side Madison

1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison, WI 53711 | 4am-10pm

Lyndsey Battaglia
Lyndsey was born and raised in New Orleans which instilled a deep passion for architecture, history, and FOOD. She and her husband James are proud graduates of UW-Madison. Go Badgers! They live in the Madison area with their 3 active children. Lyndsey is a freelance writer and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. When not working, she can be found running her kids around to swimming, ballet, basketball, and skiing. They all love new adventures, travel, cooking, being outdoors, reading, biking, and trying to keep up with their new puppy.


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