Dane County Parks is reconstructing a portion of the park road at Token Creek County Park starting May 25. Park users should access the park via the entrance at 4036 Anderson Road. Campers can continue to use Williamsburg entrance. Visit the project page for more information.
The 427-acre park is best known for its five shelter facilities and ample open space for large group picnics and outings. Recreational facilities include five volleyball courts, equestrian trails, miles of hiking and cross country ski trails, a 27-hole disc golf course and a 43-unit campground, plus a group camp area. Other popular features include an accessible fish pier, a 38 acre dog park (including a 5 acre small dog area), two playgrounds and an elevated boardwalk through a sedge meadow marsh. The park also offers winter access to Dane County's 274 miles of snowmobile trails.
The name Token may have been derived from Tokaunee, a Ho-Chunk chief. Attracted by abundant water, the Ho-Chunk people erected effigy mounds in the area.
George Spaulding was the first white settler in 1841. Completed in 1844, the Fort Winnebago Road from Madison passed through Token Creek. Guided by the landmark Big Hill, homesteaders and lumbermen journeyed through on their way to northern pineries.
Token Creek had a school, Congregational church, two mills and an early fish hatchery. Veterans of five wars, including the Revolutionary War, rest in the cemetery.
Until destroyed by fire in 1881, the Token Creek Tavern was the area's social center. Under the glow of tallow candles, couples danced to the fiddle music of Marcus Wheeler, father of poetess Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Token Creek declined after the railroads bypassed it.
More information can be found on a historical marker at the park.