Trail

Flintrock Trail

Blue Mounds, WI
Length: 1.30 mi.
Type: Loop

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This self-guided wooded 1.3-mile trail offers interesting interpretive signs explaining the geology of the Blue Mound area. Watch for flintrock boulders scattered along this trail as the trail takes you along the north side of the mound. You’ll pick the trailhead up by the shelter near the playground. You’ll head down along the trail to start into Oak forest. Trail will circle along the forest and will climb back up to the western portion of the trail. There are some stairs to climb back up to the top of the mound, but are manageable for established walkers, younger children may do better in a carrier. The terrain of the trail is mild, with the initial descent and final ascent back up. There aren’t really any views within the trial, but be sure to check out both of the lookout towers on each end of the park for spectacular views of the surrounding area. The trail also features informative signs along the way.

The lookout towers do have a lot of stairs, and are fairly high up. Please use caution heading up and down the tower stairs.   

 

Here is the link to the Blue Mound State Park Map:

https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/bluemound/pdfs/bluemoundparkmap.pdf

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 219 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Picnic Area, Playground, Shaded Hike, Shelter, Viewpoint, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Perched atop the highest point in southern Wisconsin, Blue Mound State Park offers spectacular views and unique geological features. Trail connects with other park trails if you’d like to explore more.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $8.00

Daily rate for WI residents is $8.00 or an annual park sticker. Daily rate for non-WI residents is $11.00.

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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

Blue Mound State Park is just north of the Village of Blue Mounds, about 25 miles west of Madison via US Highway 18/151. From Highway 18/151, go north on County Highway F and turn left on County Highway ID into Blue Mounds. Go west on Highway ID about a half mile to Mounds Road. Turn right (north) and follow Mounds Road north through town. (Mounds Road becomes Mounds Park Road once you leave the village.) The park entrance is one mile north of the intersection of Highway ID and Mounds Road. Geographic coordinates are 43° 1′ 28″ N, 89° 50′ 28″ W.

By foot or bicycle, you can reach the park by way of the Military Ridge State Trail. The park access trail is about 0.7 mile west of Mounds Park Road on the Military Ridge Trail.

Park address is 4350 Mounds Park Rd., Blue Mounds, WI 53517