The Madison County Nature Trail is located on the west side of Shawdee Road on top of Green Mountain. The drive up is very pleasant and there are a few nice vistas to photograph on top. The park itself is well maintained and clean and has a large parking lot. There is no admission charge, and dogs are allowed. You'll want to bring a leash, water bowl, and clean up kit when you go. The grounds of the trail are situated on 17 acres with a lake and surrounding hiking paths. I think the longer circuit was two and a half miles around the lake, taking you through a covered bridge and past an old log cabin and wedding chapel. I brought my camera and came away with some nice shots. If you are under 16 years or over 60 years of age, you are allowed to fish in the lake Monday thru Friday. There is no swimming or boating allowed in the lake, but they have a really nice picnic area with grills, picnic tables, and a covered eating area. During my last visit there was a family reunion taking place with a pot luck buffet set up on banquet tables. The eating area has vending machines, restrooms, electrical outlets. The Madison County Nature Trail is a beautiful place to exercise and commune with nature. Bring the family and take your dog with you..good times.
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