How long is the Heritage Trail?
The current length is 3/4 mile.
How wide is the Heritage Trail?
Width of trail is 10 foot with 1′ gravel burm on both sides.
What kind of surface is it?
The surface is paved with asphalt.
What is the grade of Millennium Hillside Section?
The grade varies from 6% to 10%. Can be challenging for most users. Remainder of the Heritage Trail will be much lesser grade.
Who can use it?
Your Heritage Trail system is for non-motorized modes of transportation I.e., Walking, running, bicycles. Because of hill grade this section of the trail is NOT recommended for inline skates, skate boards.
Who owns the Heritage Trail?
A core group of private citizens has created the Heritage Trail. Future plans are to have City of Madison Parks Department take over the reins. The parks department will be overseeing the maintenance day to day issues and at the same time the same core group will still help with the future of the Heritage Trail.
Where is the Heritage Trail located?
On the Madison State Hospital grounds. You may view this map to aid you.
How can I help?
We are always going to need your help as workers who like to get there hands dirty doing projects like planting vegetation along trail, light construction, etc. Or if you wish to help as paper pusher that is always a need. You may contact Tom Pritchard at 812-273-6266 or email
What are your next plans?
By the year 2004 plans are to open an extension of the Heritage Trail that would extend when completed from downtown Madison to Clifty Falls State Park on the hilltop. Approximate distance will be 3 1/2 miles. Other areas the Heritage Trail will connect to are: Rucker’s Sports Complex, Lide White Boys & Girls Club, B3 Park, Jefferson County Health Department and The Madison State Hospital Regional Center.
Where do I start in the downtown area?
At this present time the lower portion of Heritage Trail comes to a dead end. Sorry for this inconvenience. Trail committee has been working hard to establish temporary route. This issue is still being worked out at this time.