Parks & Recreation

You’ll fall in love with the Madison Region’s abundance of rich outdoor resources and recreation opportunities.

Luscious green parks, accessible lakes and rivers, and trails perfect for hiking and biking create an inviting landscape for relaxation, exploration, and play.

The Madison Region is home to 12 of the state’s 98 state parks. Our natural environment is second to none, from the beautiful rolling hills of southwest Wisconsin to the stunning bluffs along the Wisconsin River in Sauk and Columbia counties. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail, a thousand-mile footpath that winds throughout the Madison Region and Wisconsin, provides access to some of the state’s most scenic natural areas.

Opportunity abounds for avid bikers in the region, with a network of bike trails that seamlessly link urban centers to the scenic rural roads of our countryside. Our many distinct communities offer a wealth of recreation possibilities, including year-round festivals, fine dining and shopping, rich cultural offerings, and family-friendly destinations.

No matter what your interests, the Madison Region offers recreation opportunities for everyone nestled in a natural landscape that serves as a beautiful backdrop to everyday life.

Parks and recreation in the Madison Region receive rave reviews.

Madison: #1 America’s Top 10 Fittest Cities (Fitbit, 2016)

Baraboo’s Devil’s Lake State Park: #5 Best State Parks in the Country (USA Today, 2016)

Madison: #7 Cities with the Highest Percentage of Bicycle Commuters (U.S. Census Bureau, 2014)