Seal of Dane County County of Dane
Dane County Parks

McCarthy Youth & Conservation County Park

The vision for McCarthy Youth and Conservation Park began in 1974 with a donation of 180 acres of land that was owned by Russell and Ella McCarthy.  The McCarthys’ primary goal was for the park to become “a place where kids from the city could learn about nature.”  The park offers a group camp, hiking, cross-country skiing, equestrian trails and camping, picnic opportunities, and a beautiful prairie/wetland restoration.

Friends of McCarthy Park volunteers organize youth service days and recreation activities, as well as assist in the planning efforts and restoration of the land.
Please visit the Friends of McCarthy website for more information.


Archery Hunting (permit required)

Camping (group site)

Cross-country Skiing (groomed trail)

Equestrian Trails

Hiking Trail


Picnic Area

Restrooms (vault)