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The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

Madison offers many convenient outdoor recreation options including parks and fields, bikeways, connections to two major Morris County Park systems, access to the Giralda Farms walking/jogging path and to Drew University campus. Walking and biking trails are maintained through Loantaka Park, connecting Madison to Green Village and Morristown. In addition, Madison is also quite proud of the new Madison Recreation Center (MRC), a complex that includes multi-use turf fields as well as community gardens and hiking trails.

Madison’s facilities also include playgrounds and outdoor tennis and basketball courts, outdoor swimming at the Madison Community Pool and indoor swimming at the YMCA. There is one golf course in Madison, the private, nine-hole Madison Golf Club, and five other courses (both private and public) in the immediate area.

Madison is a walking, biking and running community. Members of the Rose City Steppers hold monthly walks that encompass many of Madison’s 60 miles of roadways. A booklet of routes is available as part of their membership package, complete with historical and environmental anecdotes.

A variety of bicycle routes connect schools, parks and activity centers, including the Madison Train Station, that is not only wheelchair-accessible, but its mini high-level platforms make train access bicycle friendly. For those not taking their bike on the train to their next destination, bike racks are available at street level at both ends of the station.

Nature discovery and adventure are only a pedal away with convenient access to the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge near Madison. Two bicycle loop tours are available, as well as a three-mile side trip to Jockey Hollow to see the encampment of log huts used in the winter of 1779-80 by the Continental Army.

If you like to walk, run, bike, swim or play, you will find plenty to do in Madison.

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