Outdoors & Trails
Get Out There!

ATV Trail

Cheese Country Trail

Visit: http://www.tricountytrails.com

The trail runs 47 miles from Monroe to Mineral Point. Trail usage alternates between snowmobiles and ATVs, weather permitting. The Cheese Country Trail is part of the Tri County Trail system, with several additional "club" trails that can be accessed. Check the Tri County Trails website for more details on parking, lodging along the trail, and updates; for more info: 608.776.5706.

Bike Rentals

New Glarus Chamber

608.527.2095 Bike rentals - located in the depot at the trailhead on the Sugar River Trail.

Biking and Trails

Badger State Trail

Visit: www.friendsofbadgerstatetrail.org

The Badger State Trail begins at the Wisconsin/Illinois border and continues north to intersect with the Sugar River State 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 south to Freeport, Illinios. 

DNR WEBSITE: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/badger/

"Running from the state capital of Madison south to the Illinois border, the 40-mile route could well become the most popular of Wisconsin's 32 rails-to-trails conversions. It will skirt farm fields and visit small towns and wind amid the scenic hills and valleys that remain largely untouched by the urban sprawl that has gobbled much of the state's rural countryside."
-Silent Sports Magazine Mike Ivey

Bike the Back Roads

Six highlighted routes throughout the countryside. PDF:  Back Roads Bike Routes or click for online map.

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.

Birding

Birding

Visit: www.travelwisconsin.com/Birding.aspx

Green County is a birding paradise with numerous species found as winter and summer residents, and migratory transients. Bring your binoculars and wait for the show - good places to visit are the state parks and trails, and wildlife areas. (These are marked on the county map - request one via email or by calling 1.888.222.9111).

The bird population includes many colorful and unusual birds, including some threatened and endangered species. Here are just a few of the birds you will see throughout the Green County area: Pileated Woodpeckers, Red Tailed Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, Pelicans (at Lake Belle View in Belleville), Eagles (often seen along the Sugar River and its tributaries, and at Beckman Lake at Browntown Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area), migrating Whooping Cranes, various species of Owls, and many different song birds.

For additional resources and information on birding throughout the state of Wisconsin, visit http://www.travelwisconsin.com/Birding.aspx.

Canoe - Kayak - Tube

Crazy Horse Campground

Visit: http://www.crazyhorsewi.com/

N3201 Crazy Horse Ln.
Brodhead
608.897.2207
Canoe and tube rental, shuttle service, refreshments for sale.

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.

S & B Tubing

Visit: http://sandbtubing.com/

100 East Main St.
Albany
608.862.3933
Canoe and tube rental, paddle boat rental, cooler rental, shuttle service, refreshments for sale.

Sugar River Canoe & Kayak Trail

Visit: https://dlmra.org/things-to-do

Divided into three sections - with way-finding signs and points of interest along the way.

Belleville To Brodhead
Lower Sugar River Trail
Illinois Sugar River Trail

Sugar River Outfitters

Visit: https://sugarriveroutfitterswi.com/

Day trips will park at the Valley Road access point, just a mile south of Verona or about 10 miles south west of Madison, WI. From Hwy 151, go south on 69 1.1 miles, then west on Valley Road 0.9 miles to a DNR parking area north of the road.  If this lot is full, please use the shoulder of the road.
Belleville
608.424.6045
Day trips by canoe or kayak, riverside camping.

Sweet Minihaha Campground

Visit: https://www.sweetminihaha.com/

N4697 Hwy. E
Brodhead
608.862.3769
Canoe and tube rental, shuttle service, refreshments for sale.

Disc Golf

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!!

Twining Park

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.

Geocaching

Geocaching

Join the fun with Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) -  a world-wide outdoor hide-and-seek game with more than 5 million players who use Global Positioning System coordinates to lead them to caches. The caches are containers that hold a visitor logbook so the "finders" can add their names to the list of those who have successfully located it. These containers may also include trinkets to trade, "travel bugs" which are then moved on by the finders to other cache locations, or commemorative geocaching token coins.

Geocaching takes place all over the world - there are more than 1.7 million caches worldwide.  Plugging in a zip code from any Green County community on the website will take you to caches in the area.

For more information specifically on geocaching in Wisconsin, visit the Wisconsin Geocaching Association website.

Golf & Mini Golf

Edelweiss Chalet Country Club

Visit: http://www.edelweissccc.com/

W4764 Edelweiss Rd.
New Glarus
608.527.2315 
18 holes on a course that features the rolling hills, mature landscape and the beautiful views that have made New Glarus a favorite with millions of tourists. The golf course has been designed and maintained to accommodate players of all skill and patience levels.

Windy Acres

N1005 Cty. K
Monroe
608.325.3240
9 hole course with 2 sets of tees for different skill levels.

Mini Golf - Crazy Horse Campground

Visit: www.crazyhorsewi.com

N3247 Crazy Horse Ln.
Brodhead
608.897.2207
Mini Golf.

Mini Golf - Swissland

700 Hwy. 69
New Glarus
608.527.5605
Located right across the road from Chalet Landhaus Inn.  With a pair of resident goats in summer season.

Parks & Natural Areas

Albany Veteran's Memorial

At McDermott-Steindorf Post 144 American Legion, 300 N. Water Street, Albany

Albany 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.

Badger State Trail

Visit: www.friendsofbadgerstatetrail.org

The Badger State Trail begins at the Wisconsin/Illinois border and continues north to intersect with the Sugar River State 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 south to Freeport, Illinios. 

DNR WEBSITE: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/badger/

 

Belleville Veteran's Memorial

At the southeast corner of Community Park, Belleville

Brodhead Veteran's Park

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

1st Center Avenue and 12th Street, Brodhead (Downtown - next to the Depot Museum)

The perfect place to enjoy your concerts in the park on Sunday nights in the summer months.  Picnic shelter and playground equipment available.

Brooklyn Area Veterans Memorial Park

Visit: http://brooklynveteransmemorial.org

On W. Main St next to Town of Brooklyn Town Hall, Brooklyn

This park honors veterans from the local area. Erected in 2016, this is serene area to pay respect to a veteran or reflect on the courage and sacrifices made by others.

Browntown Cadiz Springs

Visit: www.cadizsprings.com

N2241 Cadiz Springs Rd., Browntown

Park features a 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.  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.

Candy Cane Park

Visit: https://www.swisstown.com/parks

Intersection of 5th Street and 10th Avenue, New Glarus

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. Take a walk at the trails' entrance from Decatur Road to the Dam to enjoy the wildlife and beautiful scenery.

Exeter Park

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

Along the Sugar River, Dayton

This 8-acre park is located along the Sugar River. 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

Take Hwy. 59 east from Monroe toward Albany, go past airport exit.

90-acre park with mowed paths for hiking.  Dogs welcome.

Green County Veterans Memorial Park

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/homeforahuey/

At intersection of Hwy. 81 and County N just west of Monroe - at Pleasant View Park.

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.

Hoesly Pond

Intersection of Hwy. 69 and County W, New Glarus

Fishing pond, picnic tables.

Honey Creek Park

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

Four sand volleyball courts and playground.

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.

Liberty Pole Park

Visit: https://townofbrooklyn.org

Corner of State Highway 92 and Amidon Road, Brooklyn

Liberty Pole Hill Park is a three-acre green, sweet spot atop of a quarried hill west of Brooklyn. This location was a gathering place for soldiers being recruited for the Civil War. Today is a great location for small outdoor meetings or family gatherings. There is a pavilion, picnic tables, barbeque grill and play equipment for children. The park is a public facility and can be used by anyone, however to gain electrical access this is a nominal fee.

Lincoln Park

1900 - 15th Ave., Monroe

Playground, shelter, electricity, restrooms, and restored historic water tower.

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 Veteran's Memorial

Across from New Glarus Elementary School on 2nd Street.

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

2700 - 5th St., Monroe

Ball field, shelter, electricity, playground, sand volleyball court, tennis courts, restrooms.

Pearl Island Recreational Corridor

Visit: https://www.brodheadchamber.com/recreation

Hike, bike, kayak, canoe, fish, stand up paddle board. Also open to small motor boats and pontoons.

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.  Walk over the bridge to access the Pearl Island Recreational Corridor walking and biking path.

Recreation Park & Swiss ALPS Playground

Visit: http://cityofmonroe.org/division/culture,_recreation,_and_education/parks,_recreation_and_forestry/swimming_pool/index.php

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

401 - 3rd Ave., Monroe

Shelter with electricity.

Three Waters Reserve

Visit: https://threewatersreserve.com/walk-public-trails/

Three Waters Reserve is a privately-owned conservation area on the scenic Sugar River. We welcome all visitors to enjoy passive nature observation and walking on our marked public trails. A trail map is available here to view on your phone or to download for printing.

The Reserve is an active Ecological Restoration site designed to provide ecosystem services essential to our community--surface and groundwater cleansing, floodwater retention, climate change mitigation, and biological diversity. Under management is a 70-acre complex of mature oak woodland and savanna, and newly seeded native prairie and wetland plant communities providing habitat for wildlife.

When visiting, look for interpretive signage to learn more about these evolving natural communities at the Reserve and the many benefits they provide. Visit our calendar to learn about public nature walks and workshops to enrich your understanding of the natural resources and mission of the Three Waters Reserve.

Pets at TWR
It is the mission of Three Waters Reserve to provide safe and enjoyable nature experiences for all visitors. Because of the challenges of managing pets safely on narrow trails when educational and other public and private programming is underway and because of the inherent risk to wildlife, the Reserve does not allow pets on the property. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Walk Public Trails
Three Waters Reserve maintains a system of multi-use trails through diverse forested and open natural habitats. Trail users include visitors, students, researchers, maintenance crews, and occasional wildlife. Trail hours are dawn to dusk daily. Periodically the trails may be marked closed to the public during private, scheduled events. Trail surfaces include mowed vegetation and segments of the former asphalt golf cart paths. Trail difficulty ranges from level to moderate and steeper grades. Please use caution on all trails, surfaces can be uneven. The Reserve does not currently provide outdoor restroom facilities. Please plan ahead and leave only footprints!

Twining Park

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.

Valle Tell Soccer Park

By Valle Tell subdivision off Elmer Road, New Glarus

Soccer fields and playground area.

Village Park

319 2nd Street, New Glarus

Playground, swimming pool, volleyball court, basketball court, picnic shelter available for reservation - call 608.527.2510.

Snowmobile Trails

Badger State Trail

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

The Badger State Trail allows snowmobiling from Purcell Road (northern part of trail) to the Illinois stateline. Snowmobiles are not permitted in the Stewart Tunnel, OR on the portion of the trail between Monroe and Monticello when that area is open to ATV use. Snowmobiles are required to slow to 10 mph and yield the right of way within 100 feet of any person not on a snowmobile.  For trail conditions: http://statelinetrailblazers.smartertrails.com/

Club Trails

Visit: http://statelinetrailblazers.smartertrails.com/

Several area snowmobile clubs maintain approximately 120 miles of groomed trails: Monroe Stateline Trailblazers and Brooklyn Sno Hornets. For trail conditions: http://statelinetrailblazers.smartertrails.com/

Sugar River State Trail

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

Four Green County communities are linked by the trail: Brodhead, Albany, Monticello, and New Glarus. The Sugar River State Trail also links with various other snowmobile trails in the county. Trails are always closed when there is less than 6 inches of snow. For trail conditions: http://statelinetrailblazers.smartertrails.com/

State Parks

Browntown Cadiz Springs

Visit: www.cadizsprings.com

N2241 Cadiz Springs Rd.
Browntown
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.

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.  

Trout Fishing

Trout Fishing

Visit: https://dnr.wi.gov/water/troutlist.aspx?code=green

Anglers have nearly a dozen streams scattered across the county where they can cast a fly for brown and brook trout. 

Veteran's Memorials

Albany Veteran's Memorial

Located at McDermott-Steindorf Post 144 American Legion, 300 N. Water Street, Albany.

Belleville Veteran's Memorial

Located at the southeast corner of Community Park in Belleville.

Brodhead 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 available.

Brooklyn Area Veterans Memorial Park

Visit: http://brooklynveteransmemorial.org

On W Main St next to Town of Brooklyn Town Hall, Brooklyn. This park honors our veterans from the local area. Erected in 2016, this is serene area to pay respect to a veteran or reflect on the courage and sacrifices made by others. We courage families, supporters and veterans from the Brooklyn area to purchase a paver, inscribed their name on the wall or make a tax-deductible donation.

Green County Veterans Memorial Park

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/homeforahuey/

Located at the intersection of Hwy. 81 and County N just west of Monroe - at Pleasant View Park.

New Glarus Veteran's Memorial

Located near the elementary school.

Walk and/or Hike

Badger State Trail

Visit: www.friendsofbadgerstatetrail.org

The Badger State Trail begins at the Wisconsin/Illinois border and continues north to intersect with the Sugar River State 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 south to Freeport, Illinios. 

DNR WEBSITE: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/badger/

"Running from the state capital of Madison south to the Illinois border, the 40-mile route could well become the most popular of Wisconsin's 32 rails-to-trails conversions. It will skirt farm fields and visit small towns and wind amid the scenic hills and valleys that remain largely untouched by the urban sprawl that has gobbled much of the state's rural countryside."
-Silent Sports Magazine Mike Ivey

Browntown Cadiz Springs

Visit: www.cadizsprings.com

N2241 Cadiz Springs Rd., Browntown

Park features a 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.  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.

Forest Prairie

Take Hwy. 59 east from Monroe toward Albany, go past airport exit.

90-acre park with mowed paths for hiking.  Dogs welcome.

Lake Montesian

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

Hwy. 69, Monticello

Small lake with island accessible by footbridge, plus paved walking path along lake. 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.

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.

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.  

Pearl Island Recreational Corridor

Visit: https://www.brodheadchamber.com/recreation

Hike, bike, kayak, canoe, fish, stand up paddle board. Also open to small motor boats and pontoons.

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.

Three Waters Reserve

Visit: https://threewatersreserve.com/walk-public-trails/

Three Waters Reserve is a privately-owned conservation area on the scenic Sugar River. We welcome all visitors to enjoy passive nature observation and walking on our marked public trails. A trail map is available here to view on your phone or to download for printing.

The Reserve is an active Ecological Restoration site designed to provide ecosystem services essential to our community--surface and groundwater cleansing, floodwater retention, climate change mitigation, and biological diversity. Under management is a 70-acre complex of mature oak woodland and savanna, and newly seeded native prairie and wetland plant communities providing habitat for wildlife.

When visiting, look for interpretive signage to learn more about these evolving natural communities at the Reserve and the many benefits they provide. Visit our calendar to learn about public nature walks and workshops to enrich your understanding of the natural resources and mission of the Three Waters Reserve.

Pets at TWR
It is the mission of Three Waters Reserve to provide safe and enjoyable nature experiences for all visitors. Because of the challenges of managing pets safely on narrow trails when educational and other public and private programming is underway and because of the inherent risk to wildlife, the Reserve does not allow pets on the property. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Walk Public Trails
Three Waters Reserve maintains a system of multi-use trails through diverse forested and open natural habitats. Trail users include visitors, students, researchers, maintenance crews, and occasional wildlife. Trail hours are dawn to dusk daily. Periodically the trails may be marked closed to the public during private, scheduled events. Trail surfaces include mowed vegetation and segments of the former asphalt golf cart paths. Trail difficulty ranges from level to moderate and steeper grades. Please use caution on all trails, surfaces can be uneven. The Reserve does not currently provide outdoor restroom facilities. Please plan ahead and leave only footprints!