Walking to Picnic Point in Madison

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Picnic Point - Madison Wisconsin
Picnic Point - Madison Wisconsin

With company such as the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Canyon, Picnic Point in Madison was picked as one of the top ten best places in the world to kiss by the San Francisco Examiner. It is a destination for the romantic, for runners, hikers, and bikers, and for students just out to have a fire by the lake. You could even bring a picnic.

Now owned and managed by the University of Wisconsin, Picnic Point is the destination in the larger Lakeshore Preserve. There are dozens of miles of hiking trails that weave through the Preserve. One of the most popular routes is pretty straight forward - walk or bike from the Union Terrace along the Lakeshore path all the way to the point.








Fire Circle at Picnic Point in Madison WI
Fire Circle at Picnic Point in Madison WI
Picnic Point is no secret in Madison. This is one of the must-do's on a trip Wisconsin's Capitol City. Lounging in multicolored chairs on the Wisconsin Union Terrace you will have a direct view of the point - a peninsula jutting out into Lake Mendota.

Walking to the point is easy. There is a wide crushed stone path leading from the Terrace to the Point. Or you can park nearby the wrought iron gate on University Bay Road. Or in winter, just walk across the frozen lake.

This attraction is overly documented, so I won't try to provide the historical and geographical details in this blog post. I will say that this has been a popular spot for several thousand years - American Indian burial mounds provide evidence of this. These aren't the type of mounds where people buried their dead - rather they are markers built to honor a significant place of gathering.



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Address for your GPS: 2001 University Bay Drive, Madison WI
| coordinates: N43.084235, W089.428913 |

From Milwaukee1.5 Hours
From Madisonn/a
From Green Bay2.5 Hours
From Wausau2.5 Hours
From Minneapolis4.5 Hours
From Chicago2.5 Hours




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Picnic Point - Madison Wisconsin
Picnic Point - Madison Wisconsin

Picnic Point - Madison Wisconsin
Picnic Point - Madison Wisconsin

Picnic Point - Madison Wisconsin
Picnic Point - Madison Wisconsin

Picnic Point - Madison Wisconsin
Picnic Point - Madison Wisconsin

Picnic Point - Madison Wisconsin
Picnic Point - Madison Wisconsin

Picnic Point - Madison Wisconsin
Picnic Point - Madison Wisconsin

Picnic Point - Madison Wisconsin
Picnic Point - Madison Wisconsin






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