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Capital City State Trail

Trail facts

  • Rail trail: No
  • Length: 17 miles
  • Surface: asphalt
  • Counties: Dane
  • Communities: Madison, Fitchburg


Parking for the Capital City State Trail is available at the Dawley Conservancy Park on Seminole Highway, the DNR Service Center on Fish Hatchery Road, Syene Road and Capital Springs Recreation Area along Lake Farm Road. Trail map [PDF].


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


A state trail pass is required for anyone 16 and older who bikes, skates or roller-skis on the nine miles of the trail that go through the Capital Springs E-way south of Madison between Verona Road and Nob Hill near Industrial Drive. Passes are available at the trailheads at Verona Road and Nob Hill, the kiosk at the Syene Road parking lot or at the Lussier Family Heritage Center [exit DNR] during normal business hours, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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