Trails Open Saturday, May 1, 2021 and the weather forecast looks great!! Here are some tips if you are planning to go......
Construction Advisory: The long-awaited equestrian campground is now under construction next to the day ride parking and trailhead! The Driftless Trail leading north-east from the trailhead has been permanently re-routed around the new campground. For your safety, please stay on the re-routed trail. DO NOT enter the construction zone either on foot or horseback! Please be patient-there will be plenty of opportunities to view the campground when work is complete. For details on the campground project, check out the kiosk at the day ride trailhead. If you like what you see...donations to help complete the project can be placed in the yellow Iron Ranger at the site, or made online.
Overflow Trailer parking: Overflow trailer parking is available just a short way from the regular day ride area. The large grassy field in front of the Twin Valley picnic shelter can safely and easily hold many rigs. (It's the trailer parking area used for Equestrian committee fundraisers in past years) To reach the overflow parking, continue straight ahead on the park road passing the turn to the day ride trailhead. You will pass a section of Twin Valley Lake on your right and then go up a hill. Near the top of the hill, the overflow parking will be ON YOUR RIGHT. A mowed path leads to the horse trail. Please do not ride horses to the nearby restrooms or picnic shelter! Your cooperation is vital in keeping this overflow area available for equestrian use.
View of Each Campsite
For another riding option......Exit the park at the very most northern point of the Outer Loop Trail and follow Hwy ZZ east for about a mile to a horse friendly bar and grill. It's an easy ride along side a quiet road. Enjoy lunch at the Pleasant Ridge Store (bar and grill).
Governor Dodge State Park offers some of the finest horse trails in the state, with scenic views of the beautiful meadows, bluffs with rocky outcroppings, creek crossings and lakes. The Driftless Trail (formerly known as the Outer Loop) is 15.3 miles and is highlighted on the map below in green, while the Interior System is outlined in yellow. Riders access the trails at the Horse Day Use Parking Area near Hickory Ridge Group Camp or the Horse Camp.
Vehicle admission stickers are required to enter the park, and state trail passes are required for bikers and horseback riders 16 years of age and older.
The park is open year round. The horse trails and campground open May 1. The campground closes for the season on October 15. Horse Trails close November 15.
Horse trails may be temporarily closed following excessive rain. Call the park office at 608-935-2315 for trail conditions.
Friends of Governor Dodge - Equestrians
The horse campground has 9 reservable sites through Wisconsin DNR and two group campsites that can also be reserved.
Each site includes a fire ring, picnic table and high line poles. You must provide your own high line ropes. You are permitted to set up a small corral. Water is available at far side of parking lot.
A new equestrian campground is almost complete! Check it out at the north end of the park near the day ride area!