Madison’s Best Escape

There is only one place on campus that can truly take my mind off school when I need it most, and that’s walking down the Lake Shore Path.

The Lake Shore Path is approximately 3 miles long in one direction, starting at Memorial Union and ending at “The Very Tip of Picnic Peninsula”, or Picnic Point for short. Typically, I find myself on the trail after a long day of studying at Memorial Union or College Library and I am in desperate need of a study break. I will either put my headphones in and try to get some alone time or bring a friend along for the ride.

The 6-mile round trip along lake Mendota and hundreds of trees is beautiful year-round. In the fall, the entire path turns different shades of yellow, orange, and red. In the winter, the path takes you along a perfect view of the frozen lake and the show covered trees. During the summer, it is the perfect sunset spot. To say the least, this path is a must.

One of the best parts is that you can go at any point during the day, I have friends that even like to go running on the path at 6:00 AM to get rid of their pre-exam nerves. If you aren’t a runner or don’t want to commit to the 6-mile walk, take an electric BCycle bike that is conveniently parked outside Memorial Union.

I cannot say enough good things about this place and hope you love it just as much as I do!

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