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 Drone Flight Videos of the Trail


What's Happening On The Trail

9/11/2018 Wolf Run Association and Gateway to the Driftless have teamed up to coordinate major flood repairs and reopen the lower mile of Wolf Run Trail by Spring 2019. The two community nonprofits have brought together stakeholders in recent lower Black Earth Creek (BEC) stream restoration and trail construction projects to assess flood damage and participate in the recovery effort. Partners include Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Dane County Land & Water Resources Department, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Groundswell Conservancy, and Southern Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited. WDOT is considering options for repair work at the USH14 viaduct, where the trail was totally washed out. Wolf Run Association and Gateway to The Driftless have submitted a design concept to WDOT for restoration of the trail in conjunction with state work at the underpass. Plans for repairing the twin bridges at the Mazomanie trailhead also are being developed. WDNR, DCLWRD, and NRCS continue to study the flood's impact on the creek and both the extent of repairs needed in the 2011-2014 lower BEC restoration area and the potential for coordinating that work with the trail reconstruction. Watch GatewaytoTheDriftless.com, WolfRunTrail.net and our Facebook pages for project updates.
9/09/2018 Posted a new video of the flood damage.  Click on the above link to view it.
9/01/2018 Upstream portion of the trail is open! Repair work on the section of the trail from Wisconsin Heights School Campus to the old dam is complete. Access to the trail is available from the parking lot at Wisconsin Heights School Campus and the parking area at the end of Wolf road. Helen’s bridge is open and provides access to the prairie.
8/21/2018 The trail is closed. The trail experienced considerable damage in the August 21, 2018 flash flood. Most severe damage is near and under the Highway 14 bridge and at Two Bridges Trailhead at Crescent Street in Mazomanie. Please stay off the trail for now. We hope to repair the section from the Wisconsin Heights School Campus to Helen’s Bridge soon. Flood waters reach an all time high level of 15.32 ft. The previous record water level was 11.91ft on 06/09/2008. The flood of 2017 reached a high level of 9.62 ft. More information soon here and on our Facebook page.