There’s a little known nature conservancy just outside Madison. Pheasant Branch Nature Conservancy is more than 500 acres that protects Pheasant Branch Creek, which supplies Lake Mendota with 1,800 gallons of water every minute. This stunning spot has rolling prairies as well as hills that provide a panoramic view of the Capitol Building, the downtown Madison skyline, and Lake Mendota. Perched right on the northwest corner shore of Lake Mendota, this area is home to tons of wildlife, including cranes, as is one of the most beautiful hikes in the state. There are tons of trails to choose from, but the outer loop is just 3.1 miles, doesn’t have a lot of elevation change and is great for hikers of all ages and abilities. And in Spring, it’s awash with fields of wildflowers.

Access the trail from Orchard Heights Park, 3960 Valley Ridge Rd., Middleton WI 53562. Learn more about the Pheasant Branch Conservancy at their website here.

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