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Address: Madison, WI
Activities: Running
Description: A 3-mile bike path along Lake Monona.

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One of the best running routes in the area.

Great for running, biking and walking, the views on this route are spectacular and make the effort seem much easier. The John Nolen causeway section is particularly known for its... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Glen S
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Great for running, biking and walking, the views on this route are spectacular and make the effort seem much easier. The John Nolen causeway section is particularly known for its views of the state capitol and Monona Terrace. Check the wind direction before you go, because that can make a difference in your enjoyment. As others have noted, there is... More 

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Wisconsin
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Any time of the year, you will be glad to bike, walk or jog the lake. You can make your way all around it, going through some interesting neighborhoods and catching Olbrich Botanical Gardens on the East side (don't forget to stop at Crema Cafe for lunch). The lake breezes will keep you cool and the views of the Madison... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Gorgeous views and a very solid run. But the Lake Loop is a bike path so when you don't divert where the bikes do, you have to GPS your way back to the trail. Loop goes through many neighborhoods, friendly folk around to help if you're a bit scattered. Nice views of the city, but not the best-marked course.

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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The view of Madison from the south side of Lake Monona is simply stunning - any weather, any time of year, any time of day. Park you car, take a walk, ride a bike - there are some for rent. Enjoy mother nature in the middle of the city.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Parking was quite easy as many stopping places a re provided around the lake. Close views were fantastic and teaming with wild life. Spent a lot of tine here. Young children must be supervised at all times to make sure they dont fall in. Nice place

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I visited Madison for a wedding and whilst I was here I enjoyed morning runs around this lake. It's just beautiful as the sun comes up.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Great Bike Path, great scenery and it's an 11 mile loop so you don't have to experience anything twice

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Chicago
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

A 12-mile ride around Lake Monona is a great way to spend a summer afternoon. Beautiful views of the lake and lovely homes. Friendly people on the path.

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Baltimore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

This is one of the few places where I had actually enjoyed running. Take this from someone who hates running. It's good to have a path surrounding the lake and feel a cool breeze.

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We stopped in Madison for a single day on our way across Wisconsin. We had the perfect day for a bike ride--temps in the 70's and not too much sun. We rented bikes at a local shop where we were given maps of the area and suggestions on where to bike around Lake Monona. We have a 12 year old... More 

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