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Mound View State Trail

Hiking Bicycling Pets In-line skating Winter Activities

  • Trail map [exit DNR]
  • Rail trail: Partial
  • Length: 7 miles
  • Surface: asphalt
  • Counties: Grant, Lafayette
  • Communities: Platteville, Belmont
Aldo Leopold Legacy Trail System
Contact information
For information, contact:
Grant County
1800 Bronson Boulevard
Fennimore, WI 53809

Lafayette County
626 Main Street
Darlington WI 53530

Wisconsin State Park System Mound View State Trail

Mound View State Trail

Wisconsin DNR photo

This pleasant, gently-rolling trail in southwest Wisconsin connects the communities of Platteville and Belmont. Enjoy traveling along charming streams and through the open countryside where two large mounds rise above farm fields on the north side of the trail.

The world's largest "M" easily identifies Platte Mound which is about midway between the two communities. Visitors can hike the stairs next to the M to the observation deck which sits about 450 feet above the surrounding landscape. Belmont Mound is a day-use state park which offers hiking trails and picnicking about 2 miles outside of Belmont.

In Platteville, the Mound View State Trail connects to the Rountree Branch Trail, a non-motorized trail which is part of the larger city of Platteville Trail Network. In Belmont, the trailhead is near the start of the Pecatonica State Trail which is a motorized trail that connects to the Cheese Country Trail in Calamine, just south of Mineral Point.

Trail activities

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.

All-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and other motorized vehicles are prohibited on the Mound View State Trail. The Pecatonica State Trail, which begins in Belmont, is open to motorized vehicles.

Hiking Bicycling In-line skating Pets Walking, bicycling and in-line skating

The trail suitable for bicyclists, in-line skaters, walkers and joggers. Each bicyclist or skater age 16 or older needs a Wisconsin state trail pass.

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.

Winter activities Winter activities

In winter the trail is open for hiking and snowshoeing.

No Hunting No Hunting No Hunting and trapping allowed on trail

Hunting and trapping are not allowed on the trail corridor. For more information, please see:

Master Plan

A regional master plan is in progress for the Southwest Savanna region. For more information, see: Southwest Savanna Regional Master Plan.


Platteville: In Platteville the Mound View State Trail begins near the intersection of Mineral St. and Valley Rd. where it also connects to the city of Platteville's Rountree Branch Trail. Parking is available at the Mineral St. trailhead as well as at the city park on Valley Rd.

Belmont: In Belmont the trail begins at Spring St. (parking is available along Cushman Dr. which intersects with Spring St.). Here the Mound View State Trail connects to the Pecatonica State Trail. The Mound View Trail travels west towards Platteville under Highway 151. The Pecatonica Trail travels east to Calamine. Parking is also available at Bond Park in Belmont which is adjacent to the paved section of the Pecatonica State Trail.

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Last revised: Monday October 07 2019