Trail

Yahara Heights County Park

Waunakee, WI
Length: 1.60 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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This 141 acre park was purchased for future park and open space needs and is located adjacent to Cherokee Marsh, the largest remaining wetland in Dane County and in Lake Mendota’s Watershed. Yahara Heights County Park consists of over 3,000 feet of water frontage within the upper Yahara basin, providing a wildlife habitat preserve, fish spawning grounds, and a water sedimentation area for Lake Mendota. The park contains a 20 acre pet exercise area, hiking trails, and a canoe and kayak launch.

Trailhead comes right off of the park’s small parking lot. Wide, grassy trails meander through the park along agriculture fields. Great views of the Yahara River and Cherokee Marsh. This is a great trail for kids of all ages, and it could be possible to use an all terrain stroller, but carriers would be recommended. The trail is mainly flat with very little elevation, and very gentle terrain. You can complete the 1.6 mile loop or go onto the Cherokee marsh trails that connect at the back of the park for more explorations.

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Trail Features

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

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Nice wide open trails along the park. Great views of the Yahara river and Cherokee marsh.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There is a small parking lot at trail head. Larger parking lot just down the road that the adjacent dog park.

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

Park address is: Catfish Court
Waunakee, WI 53597

More information on park can be found at:

https://parks-lwrd.countyofdane.com/park/YaharaCherokee

About The Guide

Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.