View an interactive map of the conservancy that shows locations of parking lots, platforms, Indian mounds, benches, bathrooms, bike racks and more!
Download Conservancy Trail Map that includes all trails and park amenities such as benches, parking, observation decks, and habitat types.
Download Conservancy Trail Map that includes all trails and fewer park amenities (no benches or bike racks).
These maps were created by a dedicated volunteer, Tom Klein.
Pheasant Branch Conservancy is located in Middleton, Wisconsin at the northwest corner of Lake Mendota. Heading west (left) from Allen Boulevard on Century Avenue there are two signed trailheads leading north into the conservancy, both between Allen Boulevard and Pheasant Branch Street. Heading east from Allen Boulevard on Century Avenue will take you to two other trailheads leading into the conservancy: one at the north end of Marina Drive and one off of Highland Way, both north of Century Avenue.
For other entrances and parking areas see the interactive map link below.
Conservancy hours are 7 AM - 10 PM.
Parking lots and trailheads on the west side of the conservancy are located off Pheasant Branch Road, 0.6 miles and 1.2 miles north of Century Avenue. Orchid Heights Park, just north of Century Avenue on Valley Ridge Road, leads to a trail head on the east side of the conservancy. A parking lot is located off of Sedgemeadow Road, just north of the park and east off Valley Ridge Road.
Streetside parking is available for trailheads at the north end of Marina Drive and on Highland Way, both north of Century Avenue.
Bus Routes 70 and 72 serve north Middleton. There are two bus stops you could use to get to Pheasant Branch Conservancy. The closest bus stop is on Branch Avenue at Century Avenue (Stop #6628 CENTURY > BRANCH). At this stop there are entrances to the wetlands portion of the conservancy on the north side, and to the Pheasant Branch trail system on the south. You could also get off on Valley Ridge Rd (just past Southridge Way and County Hwy Q) go north one block, then turn left down Valley View Rd (a dead-end street across from Dahlia Ct) to enter the east side of the conservancy just south of Orchid Heights park.
The easiest bike entrance from the south and east is at the Branch Street trailhead. To get there, go west (left) on Century Avenue from Allen Blvd. There is also an entrance at the north end of Marina Drive: go east (right) on Century Avenue from Allen Blvd, then take the first left onto Marina Drive. A third entrance is on Highland Way, but this requires biking east up the hill on Century Avenue from Allen Blvd. Expect to negotiate automobile congestion and a few pedestrians on the sidewalk.
The source for Pheasant Branch (Frederick) Springs Water was mapped by Randy Hunt and Jeff Steuer of the USGS in 2000. Click on the map to view a larger jpg version.
Vegetation map courtesy City of Middleton