Door Creek Park
|Address:||7035 Littlemore Dr.|
|Hours:||4:00am - 10:00pm|
Park DetailsPARK ACCESS & TRAIL IMPACT (posted 1/27/2023): Trees and shrubs will be removed from a 75-foot wide corridor in Door Creek during the week of January 30, 2023. The holder of an easement dating back to 1966 will be working in the park for 3 to 4 days that week to remove vegetation for access and safety reasons. See MAP for location.
New Winter Trails!
Door Creek Park now has expanded cross-country skiing trails and new snowshoe/hiking trails for the 2022-23 winter season.
Dogs are NOT permitted on cross-country ski trails. Please use the hiking trails to walk your leashed dog.
Cross-Country Skiing News
Following the approved revised ordinance for the Cross-Country Ski Permit Program, a cross-country ski permit is required to ski in Door Creek Park. See PERMIT for more information.
See map for details.
Door Creek Park is approximately 160 acres, located east of the I-90/39 and south of I-94, between Milwaukee Street and Cottage Grove Road (County Highway BB) in the Door Creek neighborhood. This large community park has been in the planning and acquisition stage since 1990. Door Creek Master Plan, approved in March 2008, includes both passive and active recreation and a shelter.
The land is adjacent to Dane County Parks, Blooming Grove Drumlins Natural Resource Area, North Unit.
Door Creek runs through the park and continues south to Lake Kegonsa.
Alternate addresses: 6901 Bluff Point Drive, 851 Harrington Drive, 7202 Cottage Grove Rd., 625 Highcliff Trail, between 533 & 601 Highcliff Trail
Orienteering is an activity in which participants use a map and compass to navigate an area and find posted markers. Participants can complete the course competitively or casually, perhaps racing one another or simply finding markers at their leisure.
The orienteering course is ONLY OPEN in the non-winter months, as several markers are placed on cross-country trails.
What you will need:
- Orienteering Course map, map image (download or printable)
- Marker symbol sheet (optional, download or printable)
- Pencil (optional)
The map is a very simple guide to finding the markers throughout the park. North on the map is the top edge. On the map, the purple circled numbers denote the locations of the 12 numbered markers, and the purple triangle is the starting and ending point. The circles show a control area with about a 15-foot radius inside of which the marker is located, and the purple lines spanning from marker to marker denote the compass direction from each and to each as the crow flies. The marked trails are still to be followed.
Signs/Markers in the Park
Markers consist of a green metal post extending 4 feet out of the ground, with a 6x6 inch orange-and-white sign fastened to the top. The sign has a number on the top left to show which marker it is, and a Greek letter on the bottom right, as shown below.
Using the Greek Letters (optional)
If participants wish to run a competitive orienteering race, they can print out the Marker Symbol Sheet in addition to the map. Participants copy down the Greek letter found on the signs to prove that they did in fact find the markers. The sign numbers and their corresponding letters can also be found in the Symbol Key document on this page.
This orienteering course was constructed in July 2022 as an Eagle Scout Project by Zane Brolin and Troop 16.