Badger State Trail
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
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.
Take Hwy. 59 east from Monroe toward Albany, go past airport exit.
90-acre park with mowed paths for hiking. Dogs welcome.
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.
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
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
Hike, bike, kayak, canoe, fish, stand up paddle board. Also open to small motor boats and pontoons.
Sugar River State Trail
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
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!