In a city dominated by lakes, natural areas, parks, and trails, Madisonians live for the outdoors. Whether you’re an avid jogger, biker, or casual stroller, the city’s diverse landscape makes it easy to benefit from nature’s soul-restoring effects. Follow in the footsteps of local pioneers John Muir, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Aldo Leopold, whose greatest achievements were inspired by nature.
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Madison is a serious biking community. Convenient routes fan out across the city, providing a quick escape to Wisconsin’s scenic landscapes. The central Capital City State Trail makes a gentle 17-mile loop through farmland and protected natural areas, returning along Lake Monona.
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Secret trails lead to unseen ponds. A well-hidden pedestrian tunnel stretches to the southern tract of the university’s most treasured and beautiful research center. Welcome to the Arboretum: located just four miles south of campus, it’s home to the world’s oldest and most varied collection of ecological restorations.