If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll be right at home in Platteville. We are located in the heart of the “Sportsmen’s Paradise” of southwest Wisconsin. With rolling hills, tree-filled valleys; and trout streams; this area is perfect for hunters and fishermen year round. Deer, duck, and turkey are plentiful; plus, the streams and rivers offer ample opportunities for anglers.
Hiking & Biking
The “World’s Largest M” is constructed of limestone and measures 214’ by 241.’ The letter represents the first mining school in the United States. Visitors to the area can climb the steps beside the “M” and enjoy a panoramic view of the tri-state area. Don’t forget your camera!
Rountree Branch Trail: The Rountree Branch Trail winds through our entire community and connects to the green-way at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Military Ridge State Trail: A 40 mile military trail from 1855 is now used for hiking and biking north of Grant Count, connecting Dodgeville and Madison.
Pecatonica Trail: A 10 mile trail situated in the Bonner Branch Valley connects Belmont with the Cheese Country Trail, another 47 mile long trail heading east.
For the “extreme biker,” join like-minded souls at “The Farm” on Tuesday nights from 5:30 p.m. until dark. The Hirsch Farm is located southwest of Platteville and is home to some of the best mountain bike trails around including a challenging single track.
Governor Dodge: Governor Dodge State Park is a 5,270-acre Wisconsin state park outside Dodgeville, Wisconsin; about 40 minutes from Platteville.
Nelson Dewey: Located in Cassville, this 756-acre Wisconsin state park is situated right on the Mississippi River. The land was once part of the Stonefield estate of Nelson Dewey, the state’s first governor, and is about 45 minutes from Platteville.
Wyalusing State Park: With 2,628-acres, this Wisconsin state park is at the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers in the town of Wyalusing, just south of Prairie du Chien; one hour from Platteville
Canoe or tube the Platte or Grant Rivers, which meander through our scenic area.
Grant River Tubing, Co.: A by reservation only company allows groups to plan a day of tubing down the Grant River, located between Beetown and Potosi.
Y’ALLBEE TUBIN: Offering tubing and kayaking rentals on the Grant River, Y’allbee Tubin’ has many different options for your river experience.
Platteville Family Aquatic Center: bath house, concession stand, zero depth entry, 40-foot slide, competitive pool, and diving boards. The facility also features a 900 square foot sand box called “The Big Dig”.
Platteville Country Club: An award-winning 18-hole course, featuring a full-service restaurant and proshop. The public is welcome.
Pioneer Lanes: Located in the heart of town on Hwy 151, this bowling alley provides fun for the whole family. Food and full bar as well as banquet options available for parties.
Westview Park: A public tennis court at a city park with lessons held by the city Park and Recreation department.
Legion Park: Baseball diamonds are available to the public as well as to the leagues hosted by the Park and Recreation department. Lights for evening ball games provided for at the majority of the fields.
Platteville Skate Park: Located on East Main Street and open to the public.
University of Wisconsin- Platteville: Located in on the University of Wisconsin -Platteville campus, this challenging course starts at on the West side of Glenview Commons and is free of charge.
Westview Park: Another free Disc Golf Course; smaller, but a fun course with plenty of trees.
Upper Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Refuge: Areas in Cassville and Potosi allow for spectacular bird watching as well as hosts special birding events such as Bald Eagle Days.
Arthur Snowmobile Club: Snowmobile trails are accessible to the public with purchase of WI Trail Pass and valid snowmobile registration. Contact Arthur Snowmobile club for more information or to purchase your Trail Pass.
Chestnut Mountain Resort: 50 minutes from Platteville, Chestnut Mountain Resort is home to some of the best Midwest skiing as well as to an award winning Terrain Park.
Sundown Mountain Resort: 45 minutes from Platteville, Sundown Mountain Resort boasts 21 trails and 2 terrain parks for winter sport enthusiasts.