It’s easy to maintain social distancing when you’re exploring Middleton’s outdoor spaces. From paddling and boating on Dane County’s biggest lake to a scenic walk or ride along tree-lined trails, there are plenty of ways to enjoy nature while practicing safe social distancing.
The 550-acre Pheasant Branch Conservancy is a great place to avoid the crowds, offering several miles of multi-use trails for walking and biking, including a 3.3-mile main loop that circles most of the property. The trails are a mix of paved and unpaved segments, so it’s an easy walk. On the north end of the conservancy, visitors will find Frederick’s Hill, which features an observation platform that overlooks the scenery as well as several Native American mounds.
Stroll through downtown Middleton and visit the shops and restaurants that are again open for business with safety procedures in place. Please follow any local health guidelines that may be in place – including the newly implemented mandatory mask requirement which is countywide.
From great road rides to thrilling single-track mountain biking, Middleton is a great place to explore on two wheels. The city is home to more than 27 miles of multi-use trails, including those at Pheasant Branch Conservancy and the scenic Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Trail to the south. There are also miles upon miles of on-road routes to explore.
The Middleton Bike Park, located at the entrance to Pleasant View Golf Course, features a 5,000 square-foot pump track, a jump line and a one-mile single track loop.
Paddling & boating
Want to explore Lake Mendota, Dane County’s largest lake? Head to Marshall Boats at Marshall Park and try out a stand-up paddleboard, kayak (single or tandem) or canoe and discover the natural beauty and wide-open spaces of 9,800-acre Lake Mendota.
Marshall Boats also rents pontoon boats—the perfect way for a small group to spend a few hours on a beautiful summer day.
The Walter R. Bauman Aquatic Center is offering open swim sessions this summer, but pre-registration is required (registration opens every Thursday for the following week) and capacity is limited to 165.
Play one (or more!) of the three nine-hole courses at Pleasant View Golf Course, a multiple Madison Magazine Best of Madison winner located just off Highway 14/University Avenue in the western part of the city. Considered one of southern Wisconsin’s most scenic courses, Pleasant View offers golfers some wonderful vistas of Madison to the east, including the state Capitol.
Middleton’s Lakeview Park is also home to a nine-hole disc golf course.
Pick Your Picnic
In the mood for a little urban picnicking?
The Middleton Community Development Authority (CDA) is launching Pick Your Picnic, a campaign encouraging diners to enjoy a picnic lunch — either from home or carryout — and enjoy the public green spaces in downtown Middleton.
There are dozens of picnic tables set up in the heart of downtown Middleton at Stone Horse Green, as well as a few placed at the Terrace Avenue Pavilion, and volunteers painted circles on the green by City Hall — and all are open to those who wish to enjoy the outdoors while social distancing. Read more here.