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Glacial Drumlin State Trail

Trail facts

  • Rail trail: Yes
  • Length: 52 miles
  • Surface: Asphalt - 13 miles; Crushed stone - 39 miles
  • Counties: Dane, Jefferson, Waukesha
  • Communities: Cottage Grove, Deerfield, London, Lake Mills, Jefferson, Helenville, Sullivan, Dousman, Wales, Waukesha


The Glacial Drumlin State Trail parallels State Highway 18 and Interstate 94 between Milwaukee and Madison. Access points and restrooms are available at several locations along the trail.

The western half of the trail begins at County Highway N in Cottage Grove and travels to Junction Road east of State Highway 26 north of Jefferson. Parking is available in Cottage Grove, Deerfield, London and Lake Mills.

The eastern half of the trail begins in the Fox River Sanctuary at College and Prairie Avenues in Waukesha and goes to County Highway Y, three miles northeast of Jefferson. Parking is available in Waukesha, Wales, Dousman, Sullivan and Helenville.

You must use public roads, Junction Road and County Highway Y, for a 1.5-mile section between the two halves of the trail.

Eventually, the Glacial Drumlin State Trail may connect to the Capital City and Hank Aaron state trails, linking together Madison and Milwaukee. Both cities have large networks of pedestrian/bike trails. In Waukesha, local roads can be used to connect to the 6.5-mile New Berlin Trail which continues east and connects to the Oak Leaf Trail in Milwaukee County's Greenfield Park.


The trail is open year-round.


Each bicyclist or skater age 16 or older needs a Wisconsin state trail pass.

Planning and Management

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

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