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Where to get your steps in during winter in Madison

Is the cold weather deterring you from getting your steps in this winter? We’re here to help with some short and sweet walking spots.

Tenney Park during the winter, benches looking out over the frozen lake while the sun rises.

Sunrises at Tenney Park are just as pretty during the winter as they are in summer. | Photo by 608today

A new study by Polish researchers suggests that walking through a snowy landscape leads to a greater sense of self-esteem. Lucky us.

While it’s different for everybody, it takes an average of 2,000 steps to walk a mile. Here are some brief walking routes for you to get your steps in no matter the weather.

Bear Mound Park loop, 2199 Vilas Ave. | 1 mile | 2,000 steps
This loop starts and ends at the easternmost end of Vilas Avenue, wrapping around Bear Mound Park.

Cherokee Marsh Bluebird loop, 6098 N. Sherman Ave. | .5 miles | 1,000 steps
Note that there are no dogs allowed at this conservation park.

Guided Arboretum hikes, 1207 Seminole Hwy. | 2-3 miles | 4,000-6,000 steps
Every weekend, guided hikes are offered which are great for multi-generational outings.

Tenney Park Breakwater, 402 N. Thorton Ave. | .25 miles | 500 steps
This brisk stroll allows for an unobstructed view of Mendota’s shoreline.

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