White River State Trail

Trail Map

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As of 2012, the White River State Trail runs for a total of 19 miles in two separate segments. The Walworth County segment is 12 miles long and runs between Elkhorn and just west of the city of Burlington. The Racine County section is 7 miles long and runs between near downtown Burlington and Kansasville near Eagle Lake.

The trail is open to cross-country skiers and snowmobiles in winter; a separate trail for horseback riding runs between the towns of Springfield and Lyons (Walworth County). The scenic trail follows an old railroad corridor through the bucolic countryside of southern Wisconsin, featuring woodlands, cultivated fields, babbling brooks and a beautiful river.

The White River State Trail in Racine County is also known as the Burlington-Kansasville State Trail. A good place to begin your journey on this section is at Bushnell Park, south of downtown Burlington on the western end of the trail. The park offers grills, pavilions, a playground, restrooms and athletic fields. Heading east, an underpass beneath the Burlington Bypass allows you to avoid any heavy traffic. At the west end at Vandenboom Road, you can head south about 2 miles on roads to reach the scenic Richard Bong State Recreation Area.

There are plans to link the two segments one day. A state pass is required for cyclists and equestrians 16 years and older.

Parking and Trail Access

For the Racine County segment: At the western end of the trail, parking is available at Bushnell Park (32300 Bushnell Road). On the eastern end of the trail, a parking lot is available on Vandenboom Road.

For the Walworth County segment: At the east end, park off Spring Valley Road just south of the Burlington Bypass. At the west end, park off County Highway H just south of Pinecrest Lane. Parking is also available in Lyons and Springfield near the trail.


Beautiful Country Views (and childhood memories)

   July, 2015 by trekbiker1952

I recently completed the Kansasville to Burlington segment of this trail by bike. I'm not sure when the railroad finally abandoned this section of the trail but my grandparents owned a farm in Dover on highway 11 and I have childhood memories of hot ...read more

Scenic trail

   June, 2015 by greg.osborne.7

Trail is straight as an arrow but very scenic. Once you get to Elkhorn you will need to go a few miles into town to get something to eat. read more

19 miles = 38 mile

   April, 2015 by wolvesrule

Well we finally made it, this time the whole way. With makes a 38 mile round trip, but it was fun. The last day of our hike from Springfield, WI to Elkhorn, WI we got wet from heavy rain just short of Elkhorn but we kept on going to the end. I guess we ...read more