Blue Mound State Park

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Blue Mound State Park

Wisconsin

(608) 437-5711

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Overview

Blue Mound State Park is on the tallest hill in southern Wisconsin, about 25 miles west of Madison. The 1,153-acre park is a popular place for swimming, hiking, camping, cross-country skiing and mountain biking (both double and single track) and finding peace and solitude.

Map of Blue Mound (WI)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.027060, -89.845403

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Spring, summer, and fall, explore Blue Mound State Park by foot or bicycle. You'll find interesting plants, animals, and geological features while getting healthful exercise.

  • Camping

    The Blue Mound campground is open year-round. It contains 77 wooded sites and a rustic accessible cabin for people with disabilities. Reservations for family camping are accepted from May 1 through October 31 on sites 1-56. Reservations for family camping are accepted from May 1 through October 31 on sites 1-56. Sites 12, 13, 25, 28-39, 52, 54, 56, 57, 59, 61, 74, 76, and 78 have electrical hookups.

    Accessible Sites - Electrical hookups and hard-surface paths have been added to sites 28 and 32. These campsites and cabin can be reserved by visitors with disabilities and provide barrier-free access to the toilet/shower building.

  • Hiking

    While all of the trails in the park are open to hiking, there are three trails designated as hiking-only in spring, summer, and fall: the Indian Marker Tree Trail, the self-guided Flintrock Nature Trail and the Pleasure Valley Hiking Trail.

  • Picnicking

    Blue Mound State Park offers a number of beautiful and relaxing opportunities in the picnic area.

    Observation towers are at the far east and far west ends of the picnic area. Each tower is 40 feet high and equipped with a landmark locator to help pinpoint the location of various cities and geologic features. At the top of the towers, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside hundreds of feet below. Enjoy the view of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway, Baraboo Bluffs and the gentle rolling countyside as far as the eye can see. istas have been cut through the trees on the north side of the picnic area, near the towers for those who cannot climb the observation towers, These also offer panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

    Play equipment and sandboxes are in the picnic area near the shelters and in the campground. A horseshoe court is on the north side of the main shelter. Bring your own horseshoes.

  • RVing

    Sites 12, 13, 25, 28-39, 52, 54, 56, 57, 59, 61, 74, 76, and 78 have electrical hookups.

    Accessible Sites - Electrical hookups and hard-surface paths have been added to sites 28 and 32. These campsites and cabin can be reserved by visitors with disabilities and provide barrier-free access to the toilet/shower building.

  • Water Sports

    Blue Mound State Park is the only Wisconsin state park with a swimming pool. The pool was built in 1972 because so few swimming opportunities were available in the area.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-Country Skiing More than 10 miles of meticulously groomed and tracked trails wind through peaceful rolling fields and mature oak-hickory forests. All trails are tracked for classical skiing when snow depth and conditions allow. In low snow conditions all the trails are groomed for skating.

    The trails at Blue Mound vary from beginner to more advanced, and can be reached from the trail head at the pool parking lot. A state trail pass is required of all skiers aged 16 and over (in addition to the vehicle admission sticker). John Minix, Pleasure Valley, Willow Springs, Flintrock and Ridgeview (in order from easiest to most difficult) are groomed for skiing when conditions permit.

    Snowshoeing Snowshoeing is allowed anywhere in the park except on cross-country ski trails. A designated snowshoe trail with a .75-mile loop and a 3-mile loop has its trailhead on the east side of the pool parking lot.

    This trail follows the single-track mountain bike trail. Look for the expanding snowshoe trails at Blue Mound State Park.

    Ski Trail Descriptions John Minix 1 mile, level to moderately hilly, wooded The Minix Trail is the easiest trail. This trail is fairly level but offers some ups and downs with a few curves thrown in just to make it interesting.

    Willow Springs 2 miles, level to moderately hilly, wooded The trail winds through a mixed hardwood forest that eventually passes by a stand of willow trees and a spring that flows year-round.

    Flintrock 4 miles, moderate to steep hills, wooded Read the interpretive signs and watch for flintrock boulders scattered alongside the trail.

    Ridgeview 5 miles, moderate to steep hills, wooded/open fields. The Ridgeview Trail is mostly wooded, but passes through open areas that offer spectacular views. Some exciting downhill runs can be found along this trail. Not recommended for the novice skier.

    Pleasure Valley 2 miles, moderately hilly, open field The Pleasure Valley Trail is groomed for both traditional and diagonal skiers. Although mostly open field, this 2-mile loop takes you through a stand of mature Maple trees. A fun trail to ski that offers some stunning views of the surrounding area, especially on sunny winter days.

Seasonality/Weather

Year-round

Park Partners

Friends of Blue Mound State Park

Friends of Blue Mound State Park is a not for profit organization. This group of volunteers works together to benefit the park by enhancing and preserving its natural resources while offering activities and projects to improve the park guest's visit.

Directions

Driving

Blue Mound State Park is just north of the Village of Blue Mounds, about 25 miles west of Madison via US Highway 18/151. From Highway 18/151, go north on County Highway F and turn left on County Highway ID into Blue Mounds. Go west on Highway ID about a half mile to Mounds Road. Turn right (north) and follow Mounds Road north through town. (Mounds Road becomes Mounds Park Road once you leave the village.) The park entrance is one mile north of the intersection of Highway ID and Mounds Road.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(608) 437-5711

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