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What is a GROUP hayride?

The hay wagon, pulled by a tractor, will take your group on a scenic tour of the park. The special event hayrides do not require a reservation and are generally held as part of a larger event in that park. The group rides are perfect for scout troops, church groups, or birthday parties and include a campfire and s'mores.


When and Where?
End of September through mid-November.

See the schedule for complete details and times.

Dates will be subject to demand and reservations.



How do the GROUP hayrides work with the campfire?
Each hayride GROUP trip will be for one hour. That includes a 30 minute hayride and a 30 minute campfire with 'smores.

Example: The 6:00pm group - Group A has the hayride first, while Group B has the campfire. Then they switch when the hay wagon returns. Group B is on hay wagon, while Group A has campfire. Groups C & D arrive at 7:15pm for the same.

What is the cost?
$85.00 + tax for a group of 1-24 people. Your group will have exclusive use of that trip session. Reservations are required!

Where does my group meet the Hayride Tractor?

Meet the Madison Parks Hayride staff at:

  • Elver Park- in front of the 'new' shelter
  • Olin Park (fall rides) - on the bike path near the boat launch area
  • Olin Park - Holiday Fantasy in Lights - at the Turville Park parking lot, corner of Olin Ave. and John Nolen Drive.
  • Cherokee Marsh, North Unit - at the very very very end of N. Sherman Ave.

    What if my group is more than 24 people?
    In order for everyone to enjoy their hayride experience, we do not want to over load the wagon. If you have a lot of young people in the group, 30 people can be in one group. However, if you have more people in your group, you purchase the adjoining hayride trip.

What if we don't have a group of people? How can we enjoy a hayride?

Bring your family to one of our SPECIAL EVENT HAYRIDES:. No reservation is necessary for these rides, and they are perfect for family outings. $2/person. Typically, the SPECIAL EVENT rides do not have campfires or s'mores.

  • Sept. 7, 11a.m. - 1p.m., Farmers' Market Hayrides, pick up/drop off in front of Capitol Kids store on the square.
  • Sept. 21, 9a.m. - noon, Warner Park as part of Trucks & Treasures event
  • Oct. 5, 10a.m. - 3p.m., Elver Park as part of Madison Parks Fall Festival
  • Oct. 19, 1p.m.-4p.m., Cherokee Marsh for Hikes and Hayrides event
  • Oct. 25, 2-5p.m., Downtown Family Halloween, around the Capitol Square, pick up/drop off in front of Capitol Kids store.
  • Nov. 16, 5:30-8:30p.m. - Olin Park for "Holiday Lights and Hayrides." Pick up/drop off at the Turville Woods parking lot at corner of Olin Ave and John Nolen Drive.


Cancellation Policy:
48 hour notice of cancellation is required. If the participants cancel within 48 hours of their event time, their registration fee will be refunded, minus a $10 administration fee. If event is cancelled by the Madison Parks Staff due to inclement weather, we will try to reschedule your hayride trip or the registration fee will be fully refunded.

Inclement Weather: 
Madison Parks staff will make final decision on canceling due to inclement. The groups will be notified as soon as possible. For your planning purposes, cool, drizzlely weather would NOT be cause for cancellation.

Can we bring our own food to the Hayride?
Madison Parks will provide the supplies needed to make s'mores. Groups are welcome to bring non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, but glass containers are prohibited on the wagons and at the park.

Hayrides during the Holiday Fantasy in Lights Olin Park?
Enjoy the Holiday Fantasy in Lights in a very unique way! Book a Madison Parks hayride for your group November 10-24. Or come down on November 16 from 5:30-8:00p.m. for the $2/person rides. Remember to bundle up and bring your blankets! The pick up location for the Holiday Fantasy in Lights rides are at the Turville Park parking lot, corner of Olin Ave and John Nolan Drive.