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Blue Mounds - Military Ridge State Trail

4350 Mounds Park Rd

The 40-mile Military Ridge State Trail, in Iowa and Dane counties, connects Dodgeville and Madison by way of an 1855 military route between Verona and Dodgeville. The trail runs along the southern borders of Governor Dodge and Blue Mound state parks passing by agricultural lands, woods, wetlands and prairies. There are several observation platforms adjacent to the trail for viewing wildlife and other natural features. In Ridgeway, the trail passes by a historic railroad depot.

Most of the trail follows the former Chicago and North Western Railroad corridor, which has a gentle grade of only 2 to 5 percent. Between Dodgeville and Mount Horeb it runs along the top of the Military Ridge, the divide between the Wisconsin River watershed to the north and the Pecatonica and Rock River watershed to the south. Between Mount Horeb and Fitchburg, the trail goes through the Sugar River Valley.

The Military Ridge State Trail is near the connection of the Capital City and Badger state trails in Fitchburg. There's also a new 6-mile trail, the Shake Rag Trail, along US Highway 151 between Dodgeville and Mineral Point.


Beth Ann

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017
Awesome trail kept safe and clean. Lot's of challenges but miles of a nice ride.

Paul Smith

Saturday, Sep. 16, 2017
Among my favorite trails. There are good natural prairie areas, woods, interesting towns. It's a climb to get to Mount Horeb from the east - you can coast for about a mile on the way back, though. The part after Barneveld (going west) isn't as interesting as the eastern portion.

Dileep K

Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017
This is one of the best bike trails near Madison. It is connected to other trails going towards downtown. There is huge parking lot in Verona where the trail head is.

David Haas

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
Nice trail through the woods. Only did half of the trail from Dodgeville.

Bruce K

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
Too many people. Too many pets that aren't being properly controlled.

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