Suburb Snapshot: Black Earth and Mazomanie

Posted by Samantha Haas on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 6:59am.

Just over 20 miles west of Madison along Hwy. 14 are two suburbs with a lot in common: Black Earth and Mazomanie.

Established as villages in the 1850s, nearly 1,500 people now call each of these places home. And it doesn't take long to understand why.

With rolling hills, historic downtowns and plenty of room to breathe, you'll be drawn to the beautiful views that surround these close-knit communities.

They are both located near a railroad and Black Earth Creek (a hot spot for trout fishing), on either side of Lake Marion and south of the Wisconsin River. They are also covered by the local newspaper, Star News, and share a school district, Wisconsin Heights, that boasts small class sizes for K-12 in the countryside.

This summer, families are enjoying some new hiking and biking trails near local parks, as well as a splash pad in Mazomanie and children's museum in Black Earth. And they also gear up for popular festivals, including Field Days in Black Earth and Wild West Days in Mazomanie, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Area attractions

For the last few years, Madison Magazine has compiled "Best of the 'Burbs" and "Mad about the 'Burbs" lists, and they are both often among the top three vote-getters in numerous categories.

In Black Earth, readers recommend you try The Shack Bar & Grill for fish fry, Black Earth Lanes for burgers and bowling, and R&J's Saloon for brews. In Mazomanie, head to Base Camp Cafe for pizza and breakfast, The Old Feed Mill for bakery treats, and B-Style Floral and Gifts for flowers.

When driving through town you can't miss the Midwest's largest shoe store, The Shoe Box, in Black Earth. And be sure to check out other nearby attractions in Mazomanie, including the community pool, free library, The Wall Street Gallery & Bistro and Walking Iron Bed & Breakfast. If you want to explore the area by bike, stop by the new ProCycle Bicycle Shop.

If you're heading to the area from the east, there's a few scenic stops just off the highway, including Black Earth Creek Wildlife Area Sunnyside Unit, shoreline fishing at Salmo Pond and spectacular views from Festge County Park.

Local homes for sale

Black Earth and Mazomanie also offer affordable homes that are close to the Madison Metro area. Contact us to begin your search today. 

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