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Lake View Hill Park – Madison Northside

Northside sign

Lake View Hill Park is a beautiful retreat from the bustle of the city high atop a hill overlooking Northport Drive and a view of Lake Mendota. The park is still undergoing restoration, these are spring 2011 and fall 2012 views.  This is the historic (but still in use) water tower. It may be replaced since the water capacity is not nearly enough.

Lake View Watertower

Lake View Hill Park sign

View from top of hill, over 1000 feet high!  The street below is Northport.  On the left is Maple Bluff jutting into the lake, you can just see the Capitol to the far left.

Lake View

An abandoned fountain is also there, a few flowers still grow  naturally.

Old fountain

Bee on flower

The building in the background is the Dept. of Health and Human Services. It was built in 1930 to house tuberculosis patients originally.

Dept of Health and Human Services in Madison

In the woods behind the building is a nature trail, in it are some foundations of buildings no longer there.

Building foundation full

Ramp of former building

Lake View Hill Park

For a great retreat into nature still in the city, come here!

Related Articles and Sites

* Friends of Lake View Hill Park

Community provides input on Lake View Hill Park project

* Hidden Madison, Lake View Woods, church, cemetery

* Madison Recognized as Bird City WisconsinBird City Wisconsin sign

Token Creek Park – A Refuge for Nature

Token Creek Park sign



Token Creek Park in theTown of Burke is near the Northside of Madison, entrance is near the Pine Cone Restaurant and Truck Stop.

pine cone truck stop


This park has a lot to offer, with nature trails and camping in the warmer months.

Token Creek Pond


Sedge Meadow Trail sign

The trail was for the most part a boardwalk, elevated above the marsh. It took me through woods and creekside.

Sedge Meadow trail


Token Creek


Also some dense woods..

Token Creek woods


This park is quite beautiful any time of the year.  I hope to see spring there this year.

Related Sites and Articles

*  Park Virtual Tours

* Pet Exercise area

* Trailmeister.com trail map

* Paddling  Token Creek to Cherokee Park