Welcome to Wolf Run Trail

Wolf Run Trail Map

For the first time in more than 150 years, Black Earth Creek once again flows freely from its headwaters in the City of Middleton through the rich agricultural lands and prairie remnants of Northwest Dane County to Blue Mounds Creek near its confluence with the Wisconsin River. Wolf Run Trail, part of a multi-use regional recreational trail planned through the beautiful Black Earth Creek valley, is now open at Mazomanie for walkers, bikers, and seasonal snowmobilers, as well as anglers seeking access to the creek and its nationally renowned trout waters.

Wolf Run Association, a volunteer- and member-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the preservation, protection, and improvement of Lake Marion, lower Black Earth Creek, and its watershed, operates Wolf Run Trail and also this website. Here you can find news and information about the trail project, guidelines for trail users, and ways for you to join our community of trail users and supporters. 

Construction of Wolf Run Trail, which runs two miles through the Black Earth Creek corridor from downtown Mazomanie to Wisconsin Heights High School, was finished in November 2014. Our trail project partners include Dane County Parks, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wolf Family, Natural Heritage Land Trust, Wisconsin Heights School District, Southern Wisconsin Trout Unlimited, Madison Community Foundation, John and Helen Wick, and the Town of Mazomanie.

 Watch the story of Wolf Run Trail from Natural Heritage Land Trust.

Wolf Run Trail is the first constructed link of the regional trail being planned in the Black Earth Creek corridor from Mazomanie to Middleton, connecting to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail at Cross Plains, and envisioned to link to the Great Sauk Trail to Devil's Lake State Park in the future.

We hope you will find this website helpful to your enjoyment of Wolf Run Trail. We invite you to become part of our community of supporters and sponsors to help us maintain the trail and preserve the trail corridor in its pristine state. Your support as a new member, volunteer, or sponsor is always most welcome.

Watch a Drone Flight Video of the Trail


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  • commented 2015-12-11 15:57:57 -0600
    WINTER SOLSTICE BONFIRE at the Crescent St. Trailhead. Monday, December 21, 6 to 8 p.m. Bring your family and friends and celebrate the longest night of the year. Snacks and marshmallow toasting.
  • commented 2015-09-27 15:09:19 -0500
    I had the pleasure of riding my bicycle on the trail just before Labor Day. It is a very beautiful and well thought out. Undoubtedly an asset to the community. I would like to ride the trail more frequently to enjoy the changing beauty throughout the four seasons.
  • commented 2015-04-20 15:17:04 -0500
    Saturday, April 25 and Saturday, May 9
    Come and help out either (or both) days) 9 to noon.

    Enter off Highway 14 on to Wolf Road and drive down the hill to the creek past the farm buildings. We will be working clearing the creek banks upstream behind Rookies. Bring work gloves, loppers and hand saws , if you have them. Also,rubber boots or waders if you want to work on the other side of the creek.

    Southern Wisconsin Trout Unlimited and Black Earth Creek Water Shed Association are the sponsors of these work days.

    If you are new to stream bank cleaning, that’s fine, we welcome volunteers and will teach you what to do.
  • commented 2015-01-23 17:12:46 -0600
    Wolf Run Association’s annual meeting is Wednesday, January 28, 7 p.m. at the Mazomanie Town Hall, 711 W. Hudson St., Mazomanie. The meeting is open to all WRA members and the public. Come and hear what was accomplished in 2014 and what is planned for 2015.
  • commented 2014-12-15 16:57:59 -0600
    I posted this event onto my FaceBook page and invited friends. The fire tower is about 8’ tall of heavy stacked and packed logs. This will be one to remember for years to come. Scott Stokes style…..impressive.
  • commented 2014-12-09 10:09:17 -0600
    Join us for a Winter Solstice Bonfire at the Two Bridges Trail Head
    Sunday, December 21, 2014, between 4 and 7 p.m.

    On this longest night of the year we will be keeping warm, enjoying the beauty of the Black Earth Creek and the fellowship of those who cherish it, and burning some of the the brush accumulated this summer. This is a Bring Your Own affair, so bring your family, friends, chairs to sit on, food and drink if you wish.
  • commented 2014-10-08 16:08:50 -0500
    Walked the trail today with Dennis Caneff and Lindsay Wynn Davis of the Wisconsin River Alliance and they were blown away by the entire project. The Alliance will likely be more of a player, according to the enthusiasm expressed by Denny who is the exec director. Met some delightful ladies on the trail who had a new baby along—“WilliamThomas” who might one day look at this and say, “Damn, they did good.”
  • followed this page 2014-10-03 19:17:02 -0500
  • commented 2014-09-18 08:23:29 -0500
    I received another congratulatory note that I want to share:
    Looks great. As an old Mazomaniac and a member of the first freshman class to pass through the Wisconsin Heights system, these are my stomping grounds and I’m delighted you are making an effort to make that section the stomping grounds of many more people in coming decades. Pat Peckham
  • commented 2014-08-21 07:08:53 -0500
    I received this wonderful note from Barb Blattner who sent it to her family and gave me permission to post it here. This is WHY we believe the trail is so important: “This afternoon Tom and I went for a walk on the Wolf Run Trail, beginning in Mazomanie and walking to the end of the trail. Then we turned around and came back to our car. Along the way I really enjoyed the babbling of the creek, the beautiful wildflowers, and stopping to talk to several other people along the way. I encourage you to set some time aside to enjoy this lovely piece of our countryside and think of Frank and Eva Wolf while you walk-their gentle smiles and the beautiful gladiolas we bought from him to brighten our home.”
  • commented 2014-08-01 09:05:12 -0500
    This new Wolf Run (Black Earth Creek Valley) trail segment is exceptional! Have walked it at least a half dozen times already. Saw Eagles there early this spring.

    And can’t wait to through hike/bike to Black Earth, Cross Plains, Middleton and into Madison. What a “jewel” for all to enjoy.
  • commented 2014-07-30 17:10:53 -0500
    Have walked it many times and love it! Look forward to its completion!
  • commented 2014-07-28 19:51:11 -0500
    Happy to be part of this great effort. Great trail. Beautiful!