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.