Ferry Bluff State Natural Area - Hiking
Ferry Bluff State Natural Area offers a scenic and unique alternative to the heavily-visited Devil's Lake State Park for Madison explorers.
Add an extra quarter mile to your hike if you plan to follow the trail to Ferry Bluff.
Destination Distance From Downtown
The ascent to the top of the bluff may be strenuous for some, although the trail was designed with curves and stairs at points to make this easier. Be extremely careful on the two rocky overlooks. One slip, and you might get a unique and unwanted perspective of the bluff.
Time To Complete
The trail to Cactus Bluff and nearby Ferry Bluff is not long but the ascent, coupled with interesting sights along the way, means that you will not want to rush this hike. Add an extra fifteen minutes to your hike if you plan to visit both bluffs. Most people only visit Ferry Bluff, however, and the views do not differ dramatically.
Summer and Fall
The natural area closes between November 15 and April 1 to protect nesting bald eagles.