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Badger State Trail

Visit: www.friendsofbadgerstatetrail.org

The darkest trail tunnel in Wisconsin - the 1200-foot long Stewart Tunnel north of Monticello, and intersecting with the Sugar River State Recreation Trail in Monticello. Continue north through Belleville for a connection with the Capital City Trail in Madison. Along the way there are numerous opportunities for sight-seeing, plus lodging and dining options in the Green County communities of Belleville, Monticello, and Monroe.  At the Illinois border, the Badger trail connects to the Jane Addams Trail and continues to Freeport, Illinios.

Browntown Cadiz Springs

Visit: www.cadizsprings.com

N2241 Cadiz Springs Rd.
Browntown
608.966.3777
Park features a new playground, handicap accessible boat launch, nature trails with educational signs, beach area, shelter house, and a 78 foot pole with an osprey nesting platform on top. The DNR is reminding everyone not to "stock" Beckman Lake with fish caught in Zanders Lake or anywhere else. The DNR has plans to manage the proportions to keep the predator/prey balance, and to allow the existing fish to form a cycle of breeding that is self-perpetuating. Meetings of the Friends of Cadiz Springs are held on the second Monday of every month at 6:30 pm at Trailside Inn in Browntown, or in warmer weather at the east shelter in the park.

Decatur Lake Mill Race

Visit: http://dlmra.org/

Decatur Lake Mill Race Association is dedicated to preserve, protect, and promote Decatur Lake and the Mill Race and its surroundings. The group supports projects that enhance water quality, fishery, boating safety, and aesthetic values.

Decatur Park Dam

Visit: http://www.cityofbrodheadwi.us/departments/parks_and_recreation/

Park Road
Brodhead
Decatur Dam Park is home to some of the best fishing around for walleyes and small mouth bass. Many people will take a walk at the trails' entrance from Decatur Road to the Dam enjoying the wildlife and beautiful scenery.

Exeter Park

Visit: http://www.townofexeter.com/exeter-park

Along the Sugar River Dayton
608.424.1697
The park is 8 acres and sits on the Sugar River in Dayton. There is a shelter there that can be reserved through the Exeter Town Hall (608)424-1697. For questions, the town hall is generally open Monday - Thursday 9 am - 3:30 pm. At present there is no fee for reserving the shelter. Playground equipment was installed in 2010, and disc golf was added in 2011. There is a handicapped accessible porta-potty and parking. There is also a gravel trail leading down to the river, and a canoe/kayak landing. Great for fishing!!

Forest Prairie

Visit: http://www.cityofmonroe.org/index.aspx?nid=89

Take Hwy. 59 east from Monroe toward Albany, go past airport exit.
90-acre park with mowed paths for hiking.  Dogs ARE permitted. 

Head Gates Park

Visit: http://www.cityofbrodheadwi.us/departments/parks_and_recreation/

Golf Course Road
Brodhead
Boats, pontoons, jet skis and canoes/kayaks enter the water here. Many people will head north to Decatur Lake to enjoy a day of fishing or relaxing boat ride up the Sugar River.

Honey Creek Park

Visit: http://www.cityofmonroe.org/index.aspx?nid=89

1000 - 4th Ave. West
Monroe
Ball field, electricity at shelter, playground, restrooms, skate park, soccer fields.

Jaycee Park

Visit: http://www.cityofbrodheadwi.us/departments/parks_and_recreation/

4th St. and East 7th Ave.
Brodhead
Jaycee Park is located on the north east side of town and is the location of four sand volleyball courts that entertain Tuesday and Thursday night volleyball leagues during the summer.  There is also a wonderful playground to keep youngsters busy. 

Lake Montesian

Visit: http://www.monticello-wi.com/

Hwy. 69
Monticello
Small lake with island accessible by footbridge. The lake is popular with those who like to fish, canoe, and kayak. The lake is framed on the north side with a row of crab apple trees that are generally alive with vibrant pink blooms in late April to early May.

Legion Park

Visit: http://www.cityofbrodheadwi.us/departments/parks_and_recreation/

Hwy. 11 and Cty. Rd. E
Brodhead
Baseball diamonds.

Lincoln Park

Visit: http://www.cityofmonroe.org/index.aspx?nid=89

1900 - 15th Ave.
Monroe
Playground, shelter, electricity, restrooms.

Montesian Gardens

Visit: http://www.monticello-wi.com/

Hwy. 69
Monticello
A community garden project with plots planned and maintained by various groups and businesses - with some areas established in memory of area residents. Blooming from spring through frost. Picnic tables, large gazebo perfect for weddings or just relaxing with a great view.

Muralt Bluff Prairie

From Albany go 2 miles south and west on Hwy. 59, then north and west on County Trunk 'F' for 1.8 miles to the parking lot at the north end of the area.

Muralt Bluff Prairie is a 62 acre site that blankets a long, sweeping ridge in an area of older glacial drift. Grasses of this dry-mesic prairie include little blue-stem, side-oats grama, Indian grass, prairie drop-seed, and plains muhly. Spring viewing: outstanding displays of pasque-flower, shooting star, prairie smoke, wood-betony, and bird's foot violet. Fall viewing: asters, goldenrods, blazing starts, and gentians. Several uncommon species are present - prairie thistle, kitten tails, and one-flowered broomrape. Butterflies, insects, and grassland birds are common. A Bell's vireo nests here. It is a sandstone bluff, capped with a rocky layer of limestone on which the prairie developed. The long sweeping ridge lies atop an area of older glaciated drift. With its irregular shape, bird populations of cuckoos, house wren, catbird, brown thrasher, idigo bunting, rufous sided towhee, and vesper and field sparrows are common in the prairie. Due to controlled burning and brushing, increasing numbers of bobolink and grasshopper sparrow can be found.

New Glarus Woods State Park

Visit: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/ngwoods/

Over 400 acres, which are predominately forest with approximately 80 acres of prairie. Because of its hilly terrain, most of the park was never logged, leaving many trees untouched, some of which are over 250 years old. Six trails wind throughout ranging from .2 miles to 4.2 miles, totaling 7.3 miles. There are 18 drive-in campsites and 14 walk-in sites along with 6 group sites available for groups of up to 25 people.

The Friends of New Glarus Woods State Park developed an "outdoor classroom" project, which includes a BISON TRAIL with a life-size bison statue in the North Prairie, as well as 17 interpretive signs describing the historical, cultural, and educational significance of the prairie restoration begun in year 2000.  For more information on Friends of New Glarus Woods:  http://www.newglaruswoods.org.  

Northeast Park

Visit: http://www.cityofmonroe.org/index.aspx?nid=89

2700 - 5th St.
Monroe
Ball field, shelter, electricity, playground, sand volleyball court, tennis courts, restrooms. 

Putnam Park

Visit: http://www.cityofbrodheadwi.us/departments/parks_and_recreation/

5th Street and W. 3rd Ave.
Brodhead
Located along the Race with fishing, boating and canoeing activities. Putnam Park is also home to the Brodhead Municipal Swimming Pool.

Recreation Park & Swiss ALPS Playground

Visit: http://www.cityofmonroe.org/index.aspx?nid=89

1700 - 22nd Ave.
Monroe
Ball field, shelters, restrooms, electricity, swimming pool and wading pool, playground, horseshoe pits, tennis courts. 

Sugar River State Trail

Visit: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/sugarriver/

The Sugar River State Trail was one of the first rails-to-trails conversions in Wisconsin. The scenic trail wends its way 23 miles through picturesque countryside. Four Green County communities are linked: Brodhead, Albany, Monticello, and New Glarus. A trail pass is necessary for biking and can be purchased at Trail Headquarters located in the historic train depot in New Glarus or a variety of locations in Brodhead, Albany, and Monticello.

Sunset West Park

Visit: http://www.cityofmonroe.org/index.aspx?nid=89

401 - 3rd Ave.
Monroe
Shelter with electricity. 

Twining Park

Visit: http://www.cityofmonroe.org/index.aspx?nid=89

425 - 14th Ave.
Monroe
46-acre park - basketball court, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, disc golf, sand volleyball, playgrounds, shelters, restrooms, electricity, horseshoe pits. Swiss-style bandshell with concerts and activities in summer.

Veteran's Park

Visit: hhttp://www.cityofbrodheadwi.us/departments/parks_and_recreation/

1st Center Avenue and 12th St.
Next to the Depot Museum
Brodhead
The perfect place to enjoy your concerts in the park on Sunday nights in the summer months.  Picnic shelter, playground equipment.

Village Park

Visit: http://albanywi.org/

Intersection of River Parkway and Mineral Street
Albany
Playground equipment, shelter, baseball diamond across the street. Adjoining is a wooded preserve with trails perfect for jogging, cross country skiing, or a leisurely stroll.