If your motto is “Active & Fit Forever” then you should like it here. Long stretches of open road with stop-and-go’s few and far between, making it ideal for anyone training for a marathon, triathlon or something in between. Really, the only reason to stop will be to catch your breath or take in a breathtaking view.
Wellness tourism here extends beyond the great run or bike ride. The Token Creek Conservancy and Yahara River Trail are hidden gems with restored prairies, a Class I trout stream, blue heron rookery, canoeing and kayaking, and cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Bet you didn’t know the Token Creek and the Yahara River are the headwaters of the entire Madison chain of lakes. Or that we’re a Bird City. Ask the locals about the secret hiking trails – they’re happy to share. There’s drop-in yoga and guided outdoor meditation. If you’re a weekend golfer, our local 18-hole course is the ideal challenge. After all that activity, you’ve earned a sports massage, wouldn’t you agree? We have a day spa for that too.
This stretch of the Yahara River is an ecological gem, with 10 species of fish typically associated with pristine waters, more than 100 different bird species, a water trail for canoeing and kayaking, plus hiking on the Upper Yahara River Trail.
One of the best kept secrets in the state, this is the headwaters spring for the entire Madison
chain of lakes. This 100-acre hiking area has
trails through native prairie and along bubbling
springs. Local volunteers have spent countless
hours returning this land to its natural state.
Birders will be kept busy looking to catch a glimpse of birds on the Yahara River, local meadowlands, forests and prairies. There are more than 200 acres of conservancy parkland here, contributing to our Bird City designation. Reserve a birding backpack through Village Hall.
Five fitness stations and 120 possible exercises means a workout for all 206 bones and 600 muscles. And there’s access to the trail system.
Tackle all 10 miles of trails in DeForest – bike, hike or brisk walk, the choice is yours. Maybe peel away some time for a picnic too.
If you feel a strong connection to the environment and have a real love of eco-tourism, then give geocaching a go in DeForest.
4628 Golf Road, Windsor 53598
Approachable for beginner golfers with enough challenges for the more experienced golfer. There are water hazards on 13 of the 18 holes and a length of 6,383 yards on this Par 72 course. Of special note – the Yahara River runs through the course.
148 Market Street, DeForest 53532
Fitness travel and spa treatments go together exceedingly well. Consider a massage to help with muscle recovery, an aromatherapy steam to address pain and fatigue, a nourishing facial to renew skin after time in the sun, or a pedicure to soothe sore feet.
6822 Yellowwood Drive, DeForest 53532
A big upgrade from running through the sprinkler in the backyard, the splash pad at Conservancy Commons Park is the perfect way for kids to cool off while having fun.
Hiking the Upper Yahara River Trail in the winter is a breeze, with snow removed for easy trekking. Western Green Park offers a groomed trail for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Ice fishing and even ice skating are there for the taking too.