- Glacial Drumlin State Trail
- Trail map
- Current conditions
- Sandhill station state campground
- Rail trail: Yes
- Length: 52 miles
- Surface: asphalt - 13 miles; crushed stone - 39 miles
- Counties: Dane, Jefferson, Waukesha
- Communities: Cottage Grove, Deerfield, London, Lake Mills, Jefferson, Helenville, Sullivan, Dousman, Wales, Waukesha
- State trail pass required for bicycling and in-line skating
- Master plan
Wisconsin State Park System Glacial Drumlin State Trail
Update: Work has been completed on bridges along the trail..
Running between Wisconsin's two largest urban areas, this trail stretches for 52 miles through farmlands and glacial topography. The trail travels through 10 small towns from Cottage Grove to Waukesha. The trail is on an abandoned rail corridor, except for a 1.5-mile section northeast of Jefferson, between State Highway 26 and County Highway Y, which uses public roads as the trail route.
The trail may bring a number of different users to the trail at the same time. It is important to use good trail etiquette to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all trail users.
Walking, bicycling and in-line skating
The fairly level grade and smooth limestone and asphalt surfaces make this 52-mile trail suitable for bicyclists, walkers and joggers. The 13-mile section from Waukesha through the town of Dousman has been paved with asphalt suitable for in-line skating.
Each bicyclist or skater age 16 or older needs a Wisconsin state trail pass. Trail passes must be purchased before using the trail and should be carried with you while using the trail. Passes are available from private vendors along the trail, at self-registration stations on the trail, at the Lake Mills Trail Headquarters and at the Lapham Peak Unit, Kettle Moraine State Forest Office near Delafield.
Pet owners, please be sure to have your pet on a leash, 8 feet or shorter, at all times. You must pick up after your pet.
Ice Age National Scenic Trail
The Ice Age Trail follows the Glacial Drumlin State Trail corridor for about two miles west of Wales. The Ice Age Trail continues north into Lapham Peak and south along local roads into the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.
Snowmobiles are permitted on the 39-mile, limestone section of the trail but not the paved asphalt section between Waukesha and Dousman. West of Mickle Road, a snowmobile route parallels the paved section of trail to Dousman. Snowmobiling is prohibited east of Mickle Road in Waukesha County. Operators must follow all Wisconsin snowmobile laws. The Glacial Drumlin State Trail also connects to numerous miles of county snowmobile trails.
The trail is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, however, the trail is not groomed, and skiers and snowshoers must share the trail with snowmobiles. Skiers do not need a trail pass while using the trail.
Camping near the trail is available throughout the year at campgrounds in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, Lake Kegonsa State Park, Capital Springs State Recreation Area and at at the Sandhill Station State Campground.
The Glacial Drumlin State Trail corridor is open to hunting for the 3,600-foot, re-routed section of trail within the Lake Mills State Wildlife Area – Zeloski Marsh Unit in Lake Mills township in Jefferson County. Portions of the trail property in the town of Lake Mills and the town of Aztalan are more than 100 yards from the trail corridor. These portions are open to hunting and trapping during the Wisconsin state parks hunting time frame. For more information, please see:
The Glacial Drumlin State Trail parallels State Highway 18 and Interstate 94 between Milwaukee and Madison. Access points and rest rooms are available at several locations along the trail.
The western half of the trail begins at County Highway N in Cottage Grove and travels to Junction Road east of State Highway 26 north of Jefferson. Parking is available in Cottage Grove, Deerfield, London and Lake Mills.
The eastern half of the trail begins in the Fox River Sanctuary at College and Prairie Avenues in Waukesha, and goes to County Highway Y, three miles northeast of Jefferson. Parking is available in Waukesha, Wales, Dousman, Sullivan and Helenville.
You must use public roads, Junction Road and County Highway Y, for a 1.5-mile section between the two halves of the trail.
Eventually, the Glacial Drumlin State Trail may connect to the Capital City and Hank Aaron state trails, linking together Madison and Milwaukee. Both cities have large networks of pedestrian/bike trails. In Waukesha, local roads can be used to connect to the 6.5-mile New Berlin Trail which continues east and connects to the Oak Leaf Trail in Milwaukee County's Greenfield Park.
Friends group and volunteering
- The Friends of the Glacial Drumlin State Trail is a non-profit organization devoted to the development and promotion of the Glacial Drumlin State Trail.
- Wisconsin State Park System volunteering opportunities
Department of Tourism listings
More in the area
- Bicycling in Madison
- Dane County Parks
- Dane County Bicycle Map
- New Berlin Trail - Waukesha County
- Milwaukee County Oak Leaf Trail System