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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.