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Badger State Trail

Stewart Tunnel closed until further notice:
Sections of loose and falling rocks from the ceiling and side walls inside the Stewart Tunnel on the Badger State Trail have caused the DNR to close the tunnel for safety concerns. This closure is anticipated to last through at least 2021 as the DNR works with engineers and consultants to assess the situation and review possible solutions. The safety and wellbeing of our trail users is of the utmost importance to the Department of Natural Resources. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to resolve this issue.

Trail facts

  • Rail trail: Yes
  • Length: 40 miles
  • Surface: asphalt - 6 miles; crushed stone - 34 miles
  • Counties: Dane, Green
  • Communities: Madison, Fitchburg, Basco, Belleville, Monticello, Monroe, Clarno

Directions

In Madison, the Southwest Path has a number of bicycle/pedestrian access points, including Randall Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, Odana Road, Midvale Boulevard and Hammersley Road. In Fitchburg, there is a 12-car parking area at Dawley Park on Seminole Highway (0.25 miles east of the Badger State Trail on the Capital City State Trail). The southern end of the asphalt-surfaced trail is at Purcell Road, about 2.5 miles northeast of Paoli. A small parking lot is available at Purcell Road.

Library Park in the village of Belleville is next to the trail and offers five parking spaces, picnic tables, a gazebo and water fountain. Parking for the trail is also available near the Belleville Post Office.

The Badger trail connects with the Sugar River trail just south of the Sugar River trail rest area in Monticello. The rest area, near County Highways C and EE, has parking available.

Twinning Park in Monroe is next to the trail and has parking, picnic tables, shelters, ball fields and restrooms available.

Hours

The trail is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. year-round.

Fees

Each bicyclist or in-line skater age 16 or older needs a Wisconsin state trail pass while using the trail.

Management and planning

For more information about planning for this property, see: Property Master Plans.

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