White River State Trail

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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.


Burlington to Bowers Road, Lake Geneva

   October, 2016 by y1htak

This trail was very nice. The Fall colors were starting and leaves littered the crushed limestone trail with their bright colors. The trail was well maintained with no slippery spots or holes. It's not too difficult to get to this trail from the 7 ...read more

Wonderful trail, looking forward to Union Grove connection

   February, 2016 by trumurph

I've been an active user of this trail since 2006 while training for the Chicago Marathon. Absolutely love it. In 2015, I spent many hours on it while training for The North Face 50 & Tunnel Hill 50. In addition to running, my girlfriend and I bike on ...read more

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