Introduction to Fitchburg, Wisconsin
Fitchburg is an eclectic blend of city and rural life, encompassing 22 thousand acres of rolling hills and family farms, as well as unique recreational opportunities including various bike trails and exceptional parks systems. Fitchburg's population is just as diverse, with over 25,000 residents and 700 businesses. The city's knowledge-based economy focuses on innovation with a solid base in information, bio, and nano technologies, thermoforming, medical instrumentation, and various forms of agriculture.
Fitchburg was originally a town, but it was officially incorporated as a city in 1983. At that time, Madison tried to annex the town of Fitchburg and take it under its own territory, but that incorporation prohibited its annexation.
Fitchburg and nearby Attractions
- Badger State Trail
- Capital City State Trail
- Military Ridge State Trail
- Cannonball Path
- Quarry Ridge Recreation Area (includes mountain bike trails and freeride area)
- Fitchburg Splash Pad / Kids' Crossing Dream Park (both located at McKee Farms Park)
- Nevin Fish Hatchery - Wisconsin's first fish hatchery
- Eplegaarden (a u-pick orchard)
- Agora Art Fair
Things To Do In Fitchburg
Visitors to Fitchburg can plan a daylong bike ride on any of the beautiful bike trail systems, stop at a restaurant for outdoor dining, or take a picnic and rest at beautiful McKee Farms Park, beautifully located in the heart of Fitchburg. All of the city's hotels are located on bike trails, so staying in Fitchburg allows visitors to enjoy Madison by bike and not have to worry about parking. Quarry Ridge Recreation Area is one of Wisconsin's only free single track mountain bike parks with freeride structures to get the adrenaline flowing.
A visit to Hatchery Hill Towne Center will provide entertainment options, dining and nightlife options, salons, and shopping. The Nevin Fish Hatchery--the state's very first fish hatchery--provides tours for free. Multiple trout ponds demonstrate the life cycle of the trout and how the State stocks the trout population for Wisconsin's rivers and lakes.
Fitchburg also offers the beautiful Eplegaarden orchards, featuring many varieties of apples, pears, raspberries, grapes, squash, pumpkins, and freshly made apple cider. In the summer months, locals and tourists alike visit the orchards on Sundays for live folk music.
Dane County Airport is nearby, and Madison Metro provides public bus transportation throughout Fitchburg.
Fitchburg Higher Education
Fitchburg is just a few miles from the renowned University of Wisconsin - Madison. Upper Iowa University, Madison College, Rock Valley Technical College and Edgewood College are other local institutions of higher education.
For more information about the city, please contact the Fitchburg Chamber Visitor & Business Bureau at Visit Fitchburg.