Sugar River and Badger State Trail

Both of these trails are former railbeds surfaced for biking and hiking. The Sugar River State Trail runs 23 miles
across Green County connecting New Glarus, Monticello, Albany and Brodhead. It is a part of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. A replica covered bridge graces the trail north of Brodhead. It crosses several prairie remnants and the Sugar River. More than 100 species of birds have been recorded along this 265-acre corridor. The Badger State Trail is a 40-mile trail extending from Madison to the Illinois State Line. This well-connected trail links users to the Capital City, Military Ridge and Sugar River State Trails. Highlight of the Badger include the 1,200-foot-long Stewart Tunnel, rock outcrops and historic bridges.

Directions: Access these trails in the towns of Brodhead, Albany, Monticello, New Glarus and Bellville.

Sugar River and Badger State Trail map

Gazetteer: Page 27, B-6 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 92, B-2 (10th edition).

Phone:608/527-2334 (Sugar River); 608/527-2335 (Badger).

Web site: WDNR Badger State Trail | Badger State Trail

Signature Species: Indigo Bunting, Orchard Oriole, and Eastern Meadowlark.

Rare species: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Sedge Wren, Western Meadowlark and Bobwhite Quail.

Parking: Parking lots.

Nearest Food & Lodging: Belleville, New Glarus, Monticello, Albany, Brodhead and Monroe.

Fees: Trail pass required.