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Pheasant Branch Conservancy

4864 Pheasant Branch Rd, Middleton, WI 53562

Dane County Parks manages 160 acres at the Pheasant Branch Conservancy, which was formerly known as Bellefontaine Conservancy. This site has a diverse topography and provides a panoramic view of the Capitol building, downtown Madison skyline and Lake Mendota. Native Americans chose the high point vistas as a location for burial grounds. Below the hill to the south visitors can find the Pheasant Branch Creek wetlands and several predominant springs which provide fresh water for Lake Mendota. Hiking, bird watching and interpretative signage are enjoyed at the Conservancy.

Outdoors & Sports
  • Scenic Overlook:
  • Snowshoeing: