Oak Savannah Trail

Waunakee, WI
Length: 1.84 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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Governor Nelson State Park is part of the Wisconsin State Park system, located north of Madison in Waunakee, WI. It’s located on 10,000-acre Lake Mendota, and is a day use park offering a sand beach, boat launch, fish cleaning facility, picnic areas and playground equipment, prairie restorations and over 8 miles of trails. Native American effigy mounds can be seen on the Woodland Trail.

There are a variety of trails with all levels of difficulty, and varying landscapes. The Oak Savanna Trail and Morningside trails offer gently rolling terrain and great for little legs. The park has several trails that go through restored prairie areas, which provide great opportunity to see various plants and wildlife.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Summer
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain -89 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Lake, Picnic Area, Playground, Shaded Hike, Shelter, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Most trails offer an up close look at restored prairies, which is great for viewing plants and wildlife.
Trails are mostly wide, mowed grass and feature gently rolling terrain – which make them great for little legs!

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $8.00

Daily use fee for Wisconsin Residents is $8 or you must have a State Park sticker. There are multiple parking lots within the park, and all of them have trail head access. There is not always a ranger at the main entrance, be sure to use self pay station for parking if no one is there.

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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