We have been living in Madison for over a year, and ready to share our favorite the toddler-friendly hiking trails to explorer near Madison this spring.
We have tried lots of hikes in Madison Wisconsin. Our nature daughter, is growing very quick then we expected, she constantly wants to be hiking with her own little feet, she has been able to finish her challenge before she turned 3 years old. She has at least hiked 1.5 miles or more on her own on all these trails. She gets super excited when she goes back to the same area she has been before. We have compiled here a list of our toddler-friendly trails near Madison. Click the link to go to the reviews, pictures, and directions.
1.Cherokee Marsh-North Unit
Cherokee marsh state natural : catch the most Magical sunset on the trail during bird outing, from the overlook, the park is a hidden gem and kids friendly, be on the look out for the turkeys.
2. Pheasant branch conservatory
Pheasant branch Conservatory: west side’s hidden gem for sure, the trail is 3.9 miles, hikers share a trail with bikers, has a playground and kids can hike from the playground to the natural springs in few minutes.
3. Elver Park Trail
Elver park: It has easy hiking trails, running and biking, but it also has significant hills and wooded areas .the most fun part about this park is a splash pad and playground near the parking lot after a short hike.check it out this spring and you will find the most beautiful wildflowers on the trail.
Sandburg Woods!:This park is hiding in the middle of a nice suburban neighborhood, decent trail, with a dense pristine forest.
Governors Island! : the southern tip of this island is a bluff that looks directly at the state capital, a short walking path to the lake that toddlers will enjoy.
6. Patric Marsh Wildlife Area
Patrick Marsh wildlife view:A short walk from the Patrick Marsh parking lot will lead your toddlers to the viewing platform in a shape of a bird. The platform provides accessible wildlife viewing.
7. Burke park
Burke Park: perfect park with a nice 1-mile loop for the early walkers, stroller friendly, shaded playground in the summer and little pond to keep them entertained outside.
8. Aztalan state park
Aztalan State one of the smallest state park in wisconsin with pyramids,toddlers will have a great time exploring because it is unique and its historic area.
9.Turville Point Conservation Park!
Turville point conservation park!: the foot trail run along the lake will lead the toddlers to the beach, absolutely gorgeous, a great views of the city from the little sandy beach.
10.Indian lake county park!
Indian lake county park: A lovely park and historic area for toddlers to explore away from the city,they can take a small trip to the small chapel on the hill,with great views.