Information for Bicyclists

Biking at CamRock County Park

Glacial Drumlin to Capital City Connector Trail

Dane County, the Village of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are beginning plans to complete the last missing segment of the Glacial Drumlin State Trail beginning at the I-90 bridge in Madison and extending east to the existing Glacial Drumlin Trail Trailhead in the Village of Cottage Grove.  To view documents and materials related to the planning process please visit the Glacial Drumlin to Capital City Connector Trail webpage.  For questions please contact Chris James, Senior Landscape Architect, at 608-224-3763 or

Dane County Bicycle Wayfinding Manual

In 2015-16, Dane County Parks in partnership with the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board contracted with Toole Design Group to develop a county wide Bicycle Wayfinding Manual. The manual provides guidelines for communities to use for designing and implementing a uniform wayfinding and information sign system for the bicycle network throughout Dane County. The project also included the development of six bicycle wayfinding plans for:

The presentation from the March 2, 2017 workshop can be found here:

Capital City Trail Pavement Restoration

Dane County Parks is undertaking the first major upgrade to the Capital City Trail since its completion in 2000 by repaving 9.5 miles of trail from Nob Hill Road to Verona Road to improve both ride and safety. The project is anticipated to be completed in three phases in three years, 2018-2020. Phase one was completed in 2018 and phases two and three are anticipated to follow in consecutive years. Updates include new asphalt surfacing, gravel shoulders, ADA compliant detectable warning panels at crossings, centerline striping, and signage updates with the implementation of the Capital City Trail Wayfinding Plan on all phases. To view documents and materials related to this project please visit the Capital City Trail Pavement Restoration webpage.



For Mountain Bikers

Dane County Parks offers mountain bike trails at the following locations:  Badger Prairie County Park, CamRock County Park, and Seminole at Lewis Nine Springs E-Way (also part of the Capital Springs Recreation Area).  For mountain bike trail conditions, maps and information regarding closures, please visit

Lower Yahara River Trail

Phase 1

Dane County Parks opened Phase 1 of the Lower Yahara River Trail on August 27, 2017.  This nearly 2.5-mile trail provides an off-road trail connection between the City of Madison and the Village of McFarland that didn’t previously exist. It extends from the Capital City Trail near the Lussier Family Heritage Center to the western shore of Lake Waubesa and includes the longest boardwalk bridge constructed solely for non-motorized transportation in North America!  The mile-long bridge spans Lake Waubesa, connecting the Capital City Trail with McDaniel Park in the Village of McFarland. The bridge runs alongside an active railroad corridor and includes an accessible fishing pier, rest stops, and observation areas with picturesque views.  Trees cleared from the construction area were reused for park shelter building materials and shoreline fish habitat on Lake Waubesa. Dane County Parks started planning this project in 2008 in coordination with many stakeholders, including the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin and Southern Railroad Company, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the Village of McFarland, City of Madison, City of Monona, the Wisconsin Historical Society, GRAEF Engineers, KJohnson Engineers, the UW Milwaukee Cultural Resource Management Department, Ho-Chunk Nation and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Phase 2

Dane County Parks has began planning, design and engineering work for Phase 2 of the Lower Yahara River Trail.  This segment will begin at the historic fish net houses located in Fish Camp County Park and extend south along the eastern shores of Lake Kegonsa to Lake Kegonsa State Park and Williams Drive.  Future phases will connect this segment of trail to the City of Stoughton and Village of McFarland. A public information meeting for phase 2 of the project is anticipated late fall of 2019.  For more information contact Chris James, Senior Landscape Architect, Dane County Parks, 608-224-3763 or by email at

Additional information

Lower Yahara River Trail Construction Aerial Overview Videos

Trail Webpage


Capital City Trail Commuter Use Statement

Bicyclists who use the Capital City Trail primarily for commuting may be eligible for a subsidized pass. Check the statement form below for more information.


On May 17, 2019, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and County staff met with bicycle advocates and representatives from local units of government for the annual Bike Dane meeting to share plans and give updates on bicycle improvement projects.  Topics included current Dane County bicycle project updates, 2019 PARC & Ride Grant Program, flood repair grant opportunities, and trail steward and volunteer opportunities. Projects discussed included the Capital City Trail Pavement Restoration, Phase 2 of the Lower Yahara River TrailGlacial Drumlin to Capital City Connector Trail, North Mendota Trail, Walking Iron Trail, and County Highway road projects.