Pheasant Branch Nature Preserve Trail

Middleton is home to a nationally-recognized community trail system (download map).

During the winter, several Middleton trails offer cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, including Pleasant View Golf Course. The rolling trails of this scenic golf course are regarded as some of the finest cross-country ski trails in the region.

Hike, bike and snowshoe on community trails through charming neighborhoods, beautiful parks and the pristine Pheasant Branch Conservancy. Ponds, wetlands and waterways along the route provide excellent opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife viewing.

Nearby Governor Nelson State Park has more than 8 miles of trails for hiking. During the winter, trails convert to cross-country skiing trails.

Biker on the Trail

Mountain bikers won’t want to miss the Middleton Bike Park. Located across from the clubhouse at the Pleasant View Golf Course, the bike park is a hilly bicycle course. Mountain bikers will enjoy the twists, turns and bumps as they spiral downward. The bike park is appropriate for riders of all ability levels. It’s one of the area’s most exciting bicycle experiences. The park is free, although there is a suggested donation box onsite.

Other nearby trail opportunities in the area include the Capital City State Trail, a paved 17-mile loop through Madison, and the hiking trails of Devil’s Lake State Park, located just 45 minutes northwest of Middleton.