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Capital City State Trail

In the City of Madison, the Capital City Trail follows 7 miles of city bikeways from Industrial Drive near Nob Hill, under the Beltline Highway, along John Nolen Drive, past the Monona Terrace Convention Center downtown and through the east side of Madison.

A 1-mile link along Verona Road in Fitchburg connects the Capital City Trail to the Military Ridge State Trail. The Capital City Trail also connects to Madison's Southwest Path and the Badger State Trail to the Illinois border.

The trail may bring a number of different users to the trail at the same time. It is important to use good trail etiquette to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all trail users.


Camping is available at Capital Springs State Recreation Area.

Walking, bicycling and in-line skating

The Capital City State Trail's asphalt surface is good for bicycling, walking, jogging and in-line skating. 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.

Dane County [exit DNR] subsidizes passes for bicyclists who use the trail primarily for transportation rather than recreational purposes.

Pet owners, please be sure to have your pet on a leash, 8 feet or shorter, at all times. You must pick up after your pet.

No Hunting and trapping allowed on trail

Hunting and trapping are not allowed on the trail corridor. For more information, please see: