Boasting nearly 40 miles of hiking trails, exploring Governor Dodge State Park on foot is extremely rewarding. Trails are open year-round, and when there's been snowfall, they can be explored by cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Additionally, you will find a range of difficulty levels that ensure people of all ages and abilities can find a suitable route, accessible from Governor Dodge State Park cabins.
This 3.6-mi. loop trail has a difficulty rating of moderate and takes hikers through ancient forests and across a river. Highlights include the historic Rock Spring House homestead and an excellent view across the park.
Another trail rated as moderate, this route only covers 0.3-miles and so is well suited to families with younger kids. Spectacular views of Stephen's Falls await you at the end of the hike.
Heading into the forest, this 1.8-mi. trail has a difficulty rating of moderate. Great views of the lake and an abundance of fragrant wildflowers are found along this route.
Whatever the season, visiting Governor Dodge State Park provides families with a range of activities that allow you to explore the area to its fullest. Governor Dodge State Park hotels place you amid the action, so whether you want to set out on horseback, jump in a boat and enjoy the lakes, or experience the park blanketed in snow, there's plenty on offer to keep the whole family happy.
With 22 miles of bridle trails, horseback riding is a fun and memorable way to experience the majestic sights of the park. You must bring your own horse, however, as the park does not offer rentals.
With launch ramps on both Cox Hollow and Twin Valley Lakes, boating is a great way to spend the day in Governor Dodge State Park. Canoes, kayaks, and rowboats are available for hire, and visitors may also bring their own vessels.
Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sledding, and ice fishing are all popular during winter. In particular, this expansive park is ideal for snowmobiling, allowing you to explore more than 15 miles of scenic trails.