Meadow Ridge Conservation Park
|Address:||105 W. Sauthoff Rd.|
|Hours:||4:00am - dusk|
Park DetailsMeadow Ridge Conservation Park and the adjacent Meadow Ridge Park offer trails through woods and restored prairie. The ridge provides views of Lake Mendota through the woods. Birdlife includes barred owl in the woods and eastern bluebirds in the prairie.
Half mile of trails in total. A trail at the north end of the park connects to trails in Cherokee Marsh - Mendota Unit.
Land ManagementThis park is situated on ancestral Ho-Chunk land. The ridge holds an effigy mound constructed by Native Americans before European settlement.
Management has included the removal of invasive buckthorn, honeysuckle, garlic mustard, and dame's rocket to open the understory and maintain wildflower populations.
Burial Mound Policy
Created with assistance from the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Ho-Chunk Nation, and approved by the Board of Park Commissioners in October 2019, the policy provides guidelines and procedures for managing burial mounds located in Madison Parks. Burial mound locations are also included in the policy.
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Conservation Park Rules
Conservation Parks are uniquely managed to further protect native species and wildlife. The preservation of conservation parks includes some of the following. More information may be found in Madison General Ordinances 8.40.
Alcohol is prohibited in all conservation parks.
Bicycles & Motor Vehicles
Bicycles and motor vehicles are restricted to entrance roads and parking lots.
Dogs and horses are not allowed.
Fires and picnics are prohibited.
No firearms or weapons are permitted in the restrooms or shelters. Violators are considered trespassers and subject to forfeiture or arrest.
Glass is not allowed.
Hunting & Trapping
Hunting and trapping are prohibited.
Conservation park hours are 4am until one hour after sunset.
All plants and animals are protected. Disturbance or removal requires written permission.
Stay on and use designated trails only.
Trash & Recycling
Place trash in container provided. Please take recyclable material home for proper disposal.