Explore a path to adventure

One of the best parts about staying at Middleton’s comfortable hotels is that you’re never more than a few steps away from shops, restaurants, unique attractions and our award-winning trail system. Lace up your shoes and get ready to see where our paths can take you.

Esser Pond

Just a stone’s throw away from the Fairfield Inn & Suites Madison West/Middleton and the Hilton Garden Inn Madison West/Middleton is a beautiful little getaway spot known as Esser Pond. This kettle pond is connected to the Pheasant Branch Watershed and is surrounded by a restored prairie wetland and paved walking trail. Catch your breath after an exciting day by spending a little quiet time on the wildlife viewing platform. Cap off your walk with a pint of award-winning beer at Capital Brewery, just northeast of Esser Pond. To get to the brewery, follow the trail along Terrace Avenue, under the beltline and head north on N. High Point Road.

South Fork Trail

Not far from Esser Pond and just steps outside the Residence Inn Madison West/Middleton is the mid-point entrance to the South Fork Trail. This is a great spot for an outdoor workout, thanks to five ENERGI® stations located along the trail. The stations are free to use and combine functional fitness and body-weight training for an invigorating workout. Each has an illustrated sign, but users can also download a smartphone app for video instructions from a virtual trainer. The South Fork Trail is paved and ADA-accessible with benches, restrooms and fountains along the way.

Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Trail

If you’re staying at the Country Inn and Suites by Carlson, Madison West or the Courtyard Madison West/Middleton, you’ll have easy access to the gorgeous Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Trail. It follows a lush, wooded creek for just over a mile before leading you into the heart of the stunning jewel of Middleton, the Pheasant Branch Conservancy. Quiet and bustling with nature, it’s a great place to recharge your batteries, right in the middle of the city.


For a different kind of stroll, check out the Staybridge Suites Middleton/Madison West. This hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Middleton, and near a restaurants, stores and nightlife.

To learn more about Middleton’s award-winning trail system, click here.


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