Trail

Festge County Park

Cross Plains, WI
Length: 2.00 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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Festge County Park is located in the Driftless Area (unglaciated area) of Dane County and offers a scenic view 100 feet above the Black Earth Creek Valley in the Town of Berry — one of the more spectacular views in the county. The park contains 155 acres of beautifully wooded parkland with hiking trails winding through a mature stand of hickory and oak trees. Other features and activities include snowshoeing in the winter, foraging, wildlife viewing, two shelter facilities, play equipment and shaded areas for family picnics. A natural history marker explains the area’s glacial geology. Future plans for Festge County Park include development as a trail link into the Ice Age National Scenic Trail system.

The scenic overlook is a short distance away from Shelter #2 and parking lot and is a must see for families! Park trails offer some gently rolling terrain, established walkers would be fine, but early walkers may fair better in a carrier. There are no designated trails within the park, but it offers 3 predominant loops ranging from 0.5 miles to 0.9 miles, and two scenic view points. Park has approximately 2 miles of trails.

 

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Playground, Shaded Hike, Shelter, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Scenic view point is a must see, offers beautiful views of the surrounding valley. Trails have some elevation, but most rolling terrain.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Park has two smaller lots within park grounds near shelters, but ample overflow parking lot across the road from park entrance.

Trail Contributor

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Hello, I’m Abby, one of the Branch Ambassadors for the Madison, WI Hike it Baby branch. I’m a mom to 3 kiddos ranging from baby to school aged. I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio and have lived in several states over the past few years including Indiana, Ohio, Florida and now Wisconsin! We’ve lived here since May 2017 and have absolutely fallen in love with the area and LOVE to explore all the outdoor areas around us. Hike it Baby quickly became part of our lives and has built an amazing community for our family. Looking forward to continue helping families explore and love the outdoors one hike at a time! Can’t wait to see you out on a hike!

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Getting There

The park entrance is located on Scherbel Road, 1.5 miles west of the Village of Cross Plains and north of USH 14.  Nearby Salmo Pond is adjacent to Black Earth Creek south of USH 14, and offers shoreline fishing, an accessible fishing pier and picnic areas.