Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Middleton, WI
Length: 1.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 2    Average: 5/5]

Pheasant Branch Conservancy is one of the gems in the greater Madison, WI area. Located in nearby Middleton, WI it’s easy to access from surrounding areas. There are several entrances and sections to Pheasant Branch. The trails described here are located off the Pheasant Branch Road entrance and parking lot. It is a 550 acre conservancy managed both by the City of Middleton and the Dane County Park system. Depending on which part you like maps for will depend on where you need to look.

A favorite trail to do here with kids is the in and out hike to the freshwater springs. It’s a wide mostly gravel or grass trail leading to the springs area. There are wide wood steps down to the observation deck, or head down to the small landing to dip hands and feet in the fresh chilly spring water! This trail is definitely a favorite in the summer time! If you head past the springs and take the loop around there is a nearby playground in adjoining Orchid Heights Park, which is in the works to be renovated, shy of a half mile from the springs trail.  Across from the springs breakaway, you can take a trail up Frederick’s Hill and get a stunning view of the Capital Building in downtown Madison. There is a wooden deck at the top for observing the view and you can also see the prairie with Pheasant Branch creek running through it. The map for the springs trail and Fredericks Hill can be found on the Dane County Parks Website.

If you are feeling up for the entire loop around the conservancy you are looking at about 3.3 miles. You will pass along prairie land, wooded areas and wooden bridges and boardwalks along the trail. The loop trail is doable with a stroller, but there is parts with uneven mixed terrain.


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Trail Features

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

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Playground, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Pheasant Branch has a variety of trail options! The natural springs are a must see with kiddos.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There are several parking lots and entrances to the conservancy. All the trail reference points are from the 4864 Pheasant Branch Rd parking lot.

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!