City paths and state trails in the area.
Blackhawk Bike Path, Madison
From Shorewood Hills to the west, allowing bicycles to avoid busy University Avenue.
Capital City, Madison/Fitchburg
From the start of the Military Ridge Trail in Verona, east through Fitchburg to Nob Hill Road; then heads across Madison's isthmus and through the near east side. Goal is to extend it to Cottage Grove. Scenery includes prairie, woodland and marshes.
Glacial Drumlin, Cottage Grove
52-mile state trail runs from Cottage Grove to Waukesha. Trailhead is across from the post office on Hwy. N, south of Hwy. BB.
Howard Temin Lakeshore Path
From the Memorial Union to Picnic Point along Lake Mendota. Mostly wooded. Hey, watch out for that scull.
Lake Monona/Monona Scenic Bike Route
The spectacular scenery is along John Nolen Drive, but explore the ins and outs of Monona, too. On the east side the official route takes you far from the lake due to traffic concerns.
Around Lake Monona, more or less.
Military Ridge Trail, Verona
Original prairie remnants and the occasional sandhill crane line the 39.5 mile state trail from Verona to Dodgeville and into Governor Dodge State Park. Trailhead is located off Hwy. PB near 18/151.
Quarry Ridge Mountain Bike Trail
Part of the Quarry Ridge Recreational Area. Network of singletrack trails for beginner to expert riders; free.
4740 Fitchrona Rd., Fitchburg
From Brittingham Park through the near west side to the Allied Drive/Dunn's Marsh area. Connects with Capital City trail.
Starkweather Creek, Madison
From Waubesa Street, along the creek, over East Wash and Aberg and along Bridges Golf Course, the Madison College baseball diamond and the creek to Madison College-Truax campus.
From Mills Street at Wingra Drive to Olin-Turville Park. Connects Lake Wingra to Lake Monona.
Yahara Parkway Path
Connects Lake Mendota to Williamson Street along the Yahara and lets bikers ride safely under the busy East Johnson and East Washington corridors.