Additional Recreational Activities in the Area

In addition to all our city parks have to offer, Madison and Jefferson County offer a host of additional recreational opportunities from our state park to our heritage trail and more. This is a list of various other opportunities in the area that you can also get involved in! 

Clifty Falls State Park

With a multitude of waterfalls ranging from roaring plunges to delicate bridal-veil mists, this park if filled with winding trails that offer some breathtaking views. If you are looking for a day of hiking or a simple afternoon stroll in the woods, Clifty has trails that range in distance and difficulty - making it a place for all ages and levels.

Click HERE to visit the state park website where you can learn more about the trails, camp sites, amenities, park hours and more.

Heritage Trail

A free, historical trail that connects downtown Madison with the hilltop section of town, Heritage Trail offers an easy-access trail system perfect for walking, running, hiking and biking.  To learn more and locate a map of the trail system, visit their website at or see their Facebook page HERE

Madison 5K and 10K Run/Walk Events

Because of our scenic location and beautiful downtown, riverfront, and rolling hills, Madison is host to a number of different competitive runs, walks, and races throughout the year. Find information about a number of them HERE

Boat Ramps and Docks

Madison is the perfect place to put your boat into the Ohio River for some recreational boating. We have a large public ramp, accessible from West Street or Jefferson Street. From May through October, we also have a 100-foot public dock, perfect for boaters needing to load passengers. This dock also has a pump-out station, provided at no cost, thanks to a grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and the Clean Vessel Act.

To learn more about the dock and ramp use, click HERE

Bike Rentals

Brimming with trails, walkways, and paths around the city, Madison is the perfect place to grab a bike and ride around. Whether you want to take a leisure ride down Vaughn Dr. or exercise, our various paths and trails are well-suited for biking opportunities. 

Click HERE to see a local bike rental shop in our downtown district. 

Golfing Courses/ Ranges

In addition to our city course, Sunrise Golf Course, Madison has 2 other public golfing locations in the area: Cozy Acres Golf Complex and Clifty Golf Range.