A hidden gem located in Madison!
Governors island is a small natural park, part of the island is privately owned, one main trail runs the perimeter of the island. We went for an afternoon walk, the weather was 30 degrees and nice for afternoon hike. The trail was very slippery with ice at this time of the year, I suggest you wear yarktrax for safety. My husband slipped on the trail, so pay attention. We looped around for half a mile before we headed back to the parking lot. The trial is easy to follow from the gate, you wont get lost, it’s a busy lake right now with ice fisherman, and parking can be tough. We enjoyed the afternoon walk it was peaceful and the view was gorgeous as always. The trail is flat and dog friendly. The trail is really small I highly recommend this park for families.my daughter who is three years old enjoyed this short hike first time to the lake. I cant wait to check it out in the summer.
This was one of the days we just needed to get in a car for a drive as a family and go on the adventure, my daughter fell asleep on our way and napped on my back for the entire hike. It was 30 degrees .
me and my daughter we are wearing the beanie from sundayafternoons.com they are insulated and has a double layer, its one size fits all and comes in three colors.
This is the link of my hat if you like it https://www.sundayafternoons.com/p/celeste-beanie/
Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.
The great thing about this germ is how it changes with the season, we really enjoyed this trail in the spring my daughter used to adore the wildflowers, and chasing the ducks around the park, then we came in the summer the trail was shaded all the way and gorgeous but the mosquitoes were brutal.
we came here in the fall and the colorful leaves on the trail was just gorgeous and few bugs around fall season, this trail in the winter is my favorite because I enjoy quiet walks in the woods and a good view of Monona terrace and Capitol building and my baby will nap along the way.it’s family friendly and kid friendly, I can let my daughter walk as long as she is happy, or carry her and hike faster than I usually do with other people.
In the summer we love the playground it’s never crowded and they have clean restrooms for the public.
I usually don’t take any pictures on this hike because there is really nothing to capture it’s a walk along the woods.but once you reach the other sight along the lake I always take pictures of the lake with downtown.
In the winter the lake forms this icicles near the beach side.
If you plan to hike at Olin park in the winter will suggest you bring hiking poles, wear good hiking boots, because the trail gets slippery, there wasn’t much snow on the ground when we went, there was no need of snowshoes.
The trail is easy to follow, they have signs showing skiing trail and hiking trail, so pay attention where you going.
Wisconsin Adventure family Ratings :Easy 1.5miles round trip, hilly some part. Small beach area along the trail and fine sand to play in.
There is public parking available for free here:John Nolen Dr, Madison, WI 53713