What's New in 2013

(l-r) Dan Schuller, Bureau of Parks and Recreation Director; Paul Zajackowski, South Central Region Parks Supervisor and John Arthur, Yellowstone Park Work Unit Supervisor attended the Friends of Badger State Trail Annual meeting that included very interesting discussions revolving around the state parks annual budget and the important role volunteer groups such as the Friends of Badger play in the Wisconsin Parks program.

Paul Zajackowski presents Badger Friends president, Bill Hauda, a Certificate of Recognition in honor of the recent Friends donation to the Monroe Trailhead building construction project.

A new informational sign along the Badger with the history of Fitchburg on one side and the railroad on the other side.
The Tour de Cheese offers bike routes for riders of all skill levels. There is a 47 mile ride that makes stops at Maple Leaf Cheese, Grande Cheese Company, and Silver Lewis Cheese Factory. The second ride is 15 miles and it makes a stop at Maple Leaf Cheese.
The shortest route is 5 miles and it follows the Badger State Trail to Yodel Point, which is the highest point on the trail. There is a sag wagon until 2:00 pm.
Click the photo above to find out all the details!

Janice and Fritz from Fitchburg enjoy a mid September ride on the Badger. Lots of riding left this year before the snow flies!
Orange is a favorite color of riders Heather and Matt, who take a lunch break at the Purcell Road kiosk, as they ride back to Fitchburg.

Richard, and grandson Vaughn, both from Madison, enjoy an early morning ride on the Badger Trail riding from Madison to south of Purcell Rd.
Greg, from Madison, and Steve, from Chicago, take a break in the shade at the Purcell Rd kiosk as they begin their three day adventure along the Badger, Cheesehead and Military Ridge Trails. Their plans include stops in Monroe, Mineral Point, Spring Green and back to Madison. Safe travels!

Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2013
Subject: Seminole Mountain Bike Trail PIM


Dane County Parks and the City of Fitchburg hosted a public information meeting in August of 2012 to solicit ideas and gain feedback on a proposal to create mountain bike trails within the Lewis Nine Springs E-way west of Seminole Highway. Dane County Parks and Capital Off Road Pathfinders (CORP) have since prepared a draft mountain bike trail layout plan that is now available for review.

A public information meeting to review the draft concept plan will be held on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Prairie View Room at the Fitchburg Community Center, 5510 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI 53711. For further information about the upcoming meeting or the draft plan (map above), please contact Chris James, Dane County Park Planner at 608-224-3763.

Chris James, Park Planner
Dane County Land and Water Resources Department
5201 Fen Oak Drive #234
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: 608.224.3763

Ranger Dana, from Blue Mound State Park, checks Heide and her friends from Madison for State Trail Passes on the Badger State Trail over the 4th of July weekend. Support the Friends of Badger State Trail by purchasing your trail pass from one of our official vendors listed on the Trail Pass Vendor page.

Sheena and Cary, from the Pooh Bear Day Care Center, enjoy the Badger Trail with five young riders, two of whom were not very happy!
Dana and Melissa, from Chicago, are camping at New Glarus Woods State Park and exploring the Badger Trail, taking a break at the Purcell Rd kiosk. This is their second year in a row visiting the area and are having a great time except for the mosquitos at dusk!
Paoli, a quick exit off the Badger Trail, is the home of the Paoli Bread and Brat Haus . . .
. . . . where Babcock Hall ice cream is available!
Terry, of Fitchburg, exits the Badger Trail to check the progress on the Dawley Bike Hub building under construction on Seminole Hwy. Click here for more information about the project.
Kristine and Kurt, from Belleville, rode a round trip loop to on the Badger Trail from their home to the Ride the Drive event held in Madison. The weather turned from cloudy, with a potential for rain, to clear skies by the time they were on the way home.
The madisonsundaycyclists were recently spotted on the Badger Trail having nearly completed their Oregon Omelet Odyssey adventure, enjoying a GREAT brunch at DeBroux's Diner in Oregon.

What a GREAT way to celebrate the Badger State Trail. Join the Friend's group at this fun and educational event. Click page above to get the full agenda, including a map.

Click here to see photos from the event.

Bill Hauda, Friends of Badger State Trail President, visits with Pam and her daughter Quinn, from Fort Atkinson. Thanks to all who helped staff the booth over the three day event. Over 300 State Trail passes were sold this year as compared to 200 at the 2012 show. The Friends group receives a portion of each sale to fund projects along the trail.

If need a 2013 Trail Pass, why not purchase one from our cooperating vendors listed on the Trail Pass Vendor page.

On a great mid December day with blue sky and temperatures over 50 degrees, Bill Hauda (center), FOBST President elect, meets riders Tom and Linda, both from Madison, on the trail near Purcell Road.