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

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Scenic Lakeshore Path

Long path where you can run/walk/bike past Monona terrace, the lake, and even can end up by Olin park for more exploration. If you end up by olin park and head back into madison... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 19, 2016
ciecrayne
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Long path where you can run/walk/bike past Monona terrace, the lake, and even can end up by Olin park for more exploration. If you end up by olin park and head back into madison, you can see the entire capitol and skyline in front of the lake, this is my favorite view of madison at night! There are a few... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

This shoreline trail is very popular for locals bikers but may not be so for out of town travelers. The trail has lanes designated for walkers and bikers. This trail is built to go around the calmer and smaller Lake Manona. Exercisers can walk, jog, or bike around and stop to view the bar from the Terrace. At Law Park... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

It is nice and relaxing to take a walk or run near Monona Lake. You can rent a bike and spend the day biking around the lake too.

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Middleton, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Lake Monona is usually calmer than Lake Mendota. My two favorite places to watch it are from Olbrich Park and John Nolen Drive. John Nolen Drive area is busy and bustling. The Pontoon porch and Betty Lou Cruises also dock here. There a variety of places to eat here. Olbrich is wide open spaces with a public dock area also.... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

This is a beautiful trail along the lake. It is mostly shaded. It starts (or ends) at the Terrace of Univ. of Wis. This is a fun place to stretch or get a bite to eat or drink.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2015

I'm lucky enough to actually live along Lake Monona. You can vary your activities from anything from walks about a mile long through Brittingham Park around Monona Bay, to a fifteen mile bike ride around Lake Monona as a whole (admittedly the lake loop does stray from lake, but it does take you through some nice areas of Madison and... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is a great training course for a longer race. You can easily vary the distance from 11.5 miles on up. There a few short hills but mostly flat and the views of the isthmus and capitol are inspiring when you're feeling a little tired. In the summer months there are a good number of water stops available.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2015

I'm training for a half marathon right now and running around the lake is about 11.6 miles so it's a great training run and very scenic.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Love this run. Park on Willy St or at Olin Park for a great 2-3 miles along the lake (double up if you go out-and-back) or add distance by running further down Willy Street, or further along the bike path (avoid crossing the major road John Nolen by going underneath) This run is worth driving and parking for, when you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2015

Beautiful area for a early morning or early evening run. Clear path easy to follow. View of the lake especially when the sun is rising or setting.

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