As the winter weather melts away, we are all ready to start enjoying spring and summer. Once way to get outside and breathe in that spring air is by going on a hike. The Verona area is packed full of hiking opportunities with miles of natural trails for all skill levels. Plus, when you are finished hiking, there are plenty of options just minutes away to enjoy a bite to eat or a cold beverage!
Let's start off with a short, under 3 mile hike.
Ice Age Trail Loop (From Prairie Moraine County Park)
Bring along the dogs or kids if you want on this easy 2.8 mile loop trail in Prairie Moraine County Park. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is one of only eight national scenic trails in the United States. Primarily for journey by foot, it showcases Wisconsin's world-renowned glacial features. At Prairie Moraine County Park, there is also a 79 acre, off-leash dog park!
Park at the trailhead adjacent to HWY PB for the hiking trail entrance or continue 100 yards on Wesner to access the off-leash dog park. There is a portable restroom available as well.
If you are ready for a bigger challenge, try exploring this 5 mile option:
Military Ridge State Trail (via Community Park) to Quarry Ridge Recreation Area
This stroller and wheelchair friendly trail is a 5 mile out-and-back trail that is mostly paved from Hometown USA Community Park to McKee Avenue. This hike is part of the 40 mile trail from Dodgeville to Madison. The trail is popular for hiking, biking and trail running. It is open to dogs, but they must be on a leash. Park in the log adjacent to the Verona Ice Rink to access the trail just to the South and head East on the trail. Restrooms and water fountains are available at Hometown USA Community Park.
Please note, each bicyclist, in-line skater and roller skier 16 years and older must have a State Trail Pass in order to use the trail. Trail passes are available at self-registration stations along the trail.
Once you arrive at Quarry Ridge, hike the trail around the pond or try this route on bike and test out your off-road skills!
For quiet and peaceful hike, try this off-the-beaten-path spot...
Scheidegger Forest is an 80 acre nature preserve. This former Dane County Sheriff shooting range has been restored to a maintained oak and hickory forest with a shelter and bathroom (all built from wood harvested on site). There is a one mile loop hike to explore as well as great snowshoeing in the winter.
Always visit the Dane County Parks website for the most up-to-date information on trail conditions.
For more on where to grab a bite to eat or a beverage after your hike, visit our Food & Drinks page!