Seal of Dane County County of Dane
Dane County Parks

Capital Springs Recreation Area

The nearly 2,500 acre Capital Springs Recreation Area is cooperatively operated and managed by Dane County Parks and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with additional support from the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area. Recreation opportunities include wildlife viewing, cross country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, canoeing, kayaking, hunting, fishing and camping.  The Capital Springs Recreation Area boundary features many parks, trails and natural resource points of interest.

  • Overview Map (PDF) includes Capital City State Trail / Capital Springs Recreation Area

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The park contains a 22.1-acre off-leash dog park, a 3.1-acre small dog area, that includes an accessible parking area, and nearly a mile of hard surface walking trails through restored prairie. The 18-hole disc golf course was designed by local experts and traverses through open prairies and a glacial drumlin that is currently being restored to oak savanna. The course can also be accessed via the Capital City State Trail, with bicycle parking available at a trailhead that includes interpretive signage for a Native American mound group located nearby.  

This park is supported by Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area.


Google Maps are provided for reference. Trails, park boundaries, parking lots and other features on this map may not be up-to-date. Please check the official maps for up-to-date information.