The Military Ridge State Trail is a 40 mile rail trail heading west from Madison towards Dodgeville. The trail is the former rail bed of the Chicago and North Western which followed an old military road between Verona and Dodgeville in 1855.
This trail connects two state park - Blue Mounds and Governor Dodge. At Blue Mounds State Park there is a biker's campground immediately adjacent to the trail. Two shelters are available there along with water, vault toilets, and showers located within the park. Camping is available at both state parks.
The Military Ridge connects directly to the Madison bicycle trails network at a hub in Fitchburg where cyclists can continue onto the Capital City State and Badger State Trails. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail also intersects the Military Ridge Trail in Verona.
The ride from Barneveld to Mt Horeb is the most popular out-and-back day trip on the Military Ridge Trail.
Overview: Military Ridge State Trail
COUNTIES: Dane, Iowa
COMMUNITIES: Madison, Fitchburg, Verona, Riley, Mount Horeb, Blue Mounds, Barneveld, Ridgeway, Dodgeville
TOTAL MILES: 40
PAVEMENT: Crushed stone
CAMPING: Blue Mounds State Park, Governor Dodge State Park
STATE TRAIL PASS REQUIRED
Directions and Trail Map
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Addresses for your GPS:
Madison Parking - Dawley Park Bike Hub: 3055 S Seminole Hwy, Madison, WI 53711
| coordinates: 43.020396, -89.453047 |
Fitchburg Parking - Quarry Ridge Recreational Area: 2738 Fitchrona Rd, Madison, WI 53719
| coordinates: 43.004457, -89.484029 |Fitchburg Parking - Badger Prairie County Park: Old County Road PB, Verona, WI 53593
| coordinates: 42.993671, -89.513914 |
Riley Parking: 3109 CR-J, Verona, WI 53593
| coordinates: 43.024086, -89.622725 |
Mt Horeb Parking: 143 S 1st St, Mount Horeb, WI 53572
| coordinates: 43.007435, -89.739264 |
Ridgeway Parking: 668 Main St, Ridgeway, WI 53582
| coordinates: 42.999717, -89.993418 |
Dodgeville Parking: 5602 CR-Y, Dodgeville, WI 53533
| coordinates: 42.979633, -90.059429 |
|From Milwaukee||1.5 Hours|
|From Green Bay||2.5 Hours|
|From Wausau||2.5 Hours|
|From Minneapolis||4 Hours|
|From Chicago||2.5 Hours|