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400 State Trail

22.3 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Bud Hendrickson Nature Trail

1.2 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Buffalo River State Trail

36.4 mi
State: WI
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

33.8 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Grand Crossing Trail

1 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Great River State Trail

24 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

18 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Hillsboro State Trail

4.3 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Jim Asfoor Trail

1.3 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

La Crosse River State Trail

21 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Omaha Trail

12.5 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Gravel

Paint Creek Trail (IA)

2.5 mi
State: IA
Dirt

Pammel Creek Trail

2 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Root River State Trail

42 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Swift Creek Trail (WI)

1.9 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Trout Run Trail

11 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Vietnam Veterans Trail (WI)

0.9 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Willow Trail

0.6 mi
State: WI
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Traveling the 400 State Trail is a numbers game. The trail’s name refers to the old Chicago and North Western Railway’s “No. 400” passenger train that zoomed through here between Chicago and St....
WI 22.3 mi Crushed Stone
This trail and bike-ped bridge are named for a La Crosse resident and trail lover, whose independent efforts to create a walking path in the 1950s would pave the way for this trail. The hard surface...
WI 1.2 mi Asphalt
The Buffalo River State Trail connects the towns of Fairchild and Mondovi along US 10 in scenic central Wisconsin. Although the rail-trail closely follows the Buffalo River, the winding waterway is...
WI 36.4 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
Utter darkness is as much a part of the scenery along the Elroy-Sparta State Trail as the views of the rolling hills and farmland. That’s because visitors pass through three hand-dug railroad tunnels...
WI 33.8 mi Crushed Stone
The Grand Crossing Trail is a north-south trail located in La Crosse's marshlands. The hard-surface trail begins on River Valley Drive and extends south to Myrick Park Drive. The trail offers an...
WI 1 mi Asphalt
The Great River State Trail is named for the Mississippi River, but Ol’ Man River stays mostly out of sight if you follow this 24-mile trail through river marshes, wildlife preserves, hardwood...
WI 24 mi Crushed Stone
The Harmony–Preston Valley State Trail runs 18 miles on a north-south line between the town of Harmony and the Root River State Trail, which it meets between Lanesboro and Fountain. The paved trail is...
MN 18 mi Asphalt
The 4.3-mile Hillsboro State Trail will make you feel instantly at home. Easy and flat, this gravel trail will take you on a short excursion from Hillsboro to Union Center. But this trail is more of a...
WI 4.3 mi Crushed Stone
The Jim Asfoor Trail is a paved hike-and-bike trail within La Crosse's marshlands. The trail is part of the Marsh Trail Network, cluster of paved and unpaved trails occupying the thousand-acre wetland...
WI 1.3 mi Asphalt
The La Crosse River valley provides level terrain through a rugged area of western Wisconsin for the La Crosse River State Trail. This screened-limestone rail-with-trail passes through farmland,...
WI 21 mi Crushed Stone
The 12.5-mile Omaha Trail passes through a wonderland of towering buttes, mesas, and pinnacles that seem more at home in an arid desert than in fertile farmland. The steep sandstone formations, some...
WI 12.5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Iowa's Yellow River State Forest contains a sprawling network of hiking, equestrian and bicycle trails. The Paint Creek Trail, which occupies a segment of an abandoned railroad corridor, is the only...
IA 2.5 mi Dirt
The Pammel Creek Trail is a paved path in La Crosse. The trail mostly follows the alignment of the Pammel Creek channel. The trail travels through residential areas in the south part of La Crosse,...
WI 2 mi Asphalt
Along much of its route, the Root River State Trail follows the winding course of its namesake river for 42 miles through the Minnesota towns of Fountain, Lanesboro, Whalan, Peterson, Rushford, and...
MN 42 mi Asphalt
The Swift Creek Trail combines a trail segment running the length of Isle la Plume and a walking trail that was the initiative of staff of the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. The trail begins in...
WI 1.9 mi Asphalt
The Trout Run Trail provides an experience unique to any other in Iowa, with a hilly landscape that reminds trail users of the meteorite that struck the area long ago. The trail actually loops all the...
IA 11 mi Asphalt, Concrete
La Crosse's Marsh Trail Network is a collection of paved and unpaved trails occupying the 1000 acre wetland where the La Crosse River meets the Mississippi River. The marsh, which lies minutes from...
WI 0.9 mi Asphalt
La Crosse's marshlands sit on a thousand acres in the heart of the city. The wetlands occur where the La Crosse and Mississippi rivers meet. The Marsh Trail Network is a cluster of paved and unpaved...
WI 0.6 mi Asphalt

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Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

MN - 18 miles

The Harmony–Preston Valley State Trail runs 18 miles on a north-south line between the town of Harmony and the Root River State Trail, which it meets between Lanesboro and Fountain. The paved trail is...

La Crosse River State Trail

WI - 21 miles

The La Crosse River valley provides level terrain through a rugged area of western Wisconsin for the La Crosse River State Trail. This screened-limestone rail-with-trail passes through farmland,...

Vietnam Veterans Trail (WI)

WI - 0.9 miles

La Crosse's Marsh Trail Network is a collection of paved and unpaved trails occupying the 1000 acre wetland where the La Crosse River meets the Mississippi River. The marsh, which lies minutes from...

Grand Crossing Trail

WI - 1 miles

The Grand Crossing Trail is a north-south trail located in La Crosse's marshlands. The hard-surface trail begins on River Valley Drive and extends south to Myrick Park Drive. The trail offers an...

Accordion

400 State Trail

WI - 22.3 miles

Traveling the 400 State Trail is a numbers game. The trail’s name refers to the old Chicago and North Western Railway’s “No. 400” passenger train that zoomed through here between Chicago and St....

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

WI - 33.8 miles

Utter darkness is as much a part of the scenery along the Elroy-Sparta State Trail as the views of the rolling hills and farmland. That’s because visitors pass through three hand-dug railroad tunnels...

Hillsboro State Trail

WI - 4.3 miles

The 4.3-mile Hillsboro State Trail will make you feel instantly at home. Easy and flat, this gravel trail will take you on a short excursion from Hillsboro to Union Center. But this trail is more of a...

Bud Hendrickson Nature Trail

WI - 1.2 miles

This trail and bike-ped bridge are named for a La Crosse resident and trail lover, whose independent efforts to create a walking path in the 1950s would pave the way for this trail. The hard surface...

Root River State Trail

MN - 42 miles

Along much of its route, the Root River State Trail follows the winding course of its namesake river for 42 miles through the Minnesota towns of Fountain, Lanesboro, Whalan, Peterson, Rushford, and...

Trout Run Trail

IA - 11 miles

The Trout Run Trail provides an experience unique to any other in Iowa, with a hilly landscape that reminds trail users of the meteorite that struck the area long ago. The trail actually loops all the...

Willow Trail

WI - 0.6 miles

La Crosse's marshlands sit on a thousand acres in the heart of the city. The wetlands occur where the La Crosse and Mississippi rivers meet. The Marsh Trail Network is a cluster of paved and unpaved...

Pammel Creek Trail

WI - 2 miles

The Pammel Creek Trail is a paved path in La Crosse. The trail mostly follows the alignment of the Pammel Creek channel. The trail travels through residential areas in the south part of La Crosse,...

Swift Creek Trail (WI)

WI - 1.9 miles

The Swift Creek Trail combines a trail segment running the length of Isle la Plume and a walking trail that was the initiative of staff of the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. The trail begins in...

Jim Asfoor Trail

WI - 1.3 miles

The Jim Asfoor Trail is a paved hike-and-bike trail within La Crosse's marshlands. The trail is part of the Marsh Trail Network, cluster of paved and unpaved trails occupying the thousand-acre wetland...

Omaha Trail

WI - 12.5 miles

The 12.5-mile Omaha Trail passes through a wonderland of towering buttes, mesas, and pinnacles that seem more at home in an arid desert than in fertile farmland. The steep sandstone formations, some...

Jim Asfoor Trail

WI - 1.3 miles

The Jim Asfoor Trail is a paved hike-and-bike trail within La Crosse's marshlands. The trail is part of the Marsh Trail Network, cluster of paved and unpaved trails occupying the thousand-acre wetland...

Vietnam Veterans Trail (WI)

WI - 0.9 miles

La Crosse's Marsh Trail Network is a collection of paved and unpaved trails occupying the 1000 acre wetland where the La Crosse River meets the Mississippi River. The marsh, which lies minutes from...

Trout Run Trail

IA - 11 miles

The Trout Run Trail provides an experience unique to any other in Iowa, with a hilly landscape that reminds trail users of the meteorite that struck the area long ago. The trail actually loops all the...

Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

MN - 18 miles

The Harmony–Preston Valley State Trail runs 18 miles on a north-south line between the town of Harmony and the Root River State Trail, which it meets between Lanesboro and Fountain. The paved trail is...

Accordion

Bud Hendrickson Nature Trail

WI - 1.2 miles

This trail and bike-ped bridge are named for a La Crosse resident and trail lover, whose independent efforts to create a walking path in the 1950s would pave the way for this trail. The hard surface...

Buffalo River State Trail

WI - 36.4 miles

The Buffalo River State Trail connects the towns of Fairchild and Mondovi along US 10 in scenic central Wisconsin. Although the rail-trail closely follows the Buffalo River, the winding waterway is...

Hillsboro State Trail

WI - 4.3 miles

The 4.3-mile Hillsboro State Trail will make you feel instantly at home. Easy and flat, this gravel trail will take you on a short excursion from Hillsboro to Union Center. But this trail is more of a...

Great River State Trail

WI - 24 miles

The Great River State Trail is named for the Mississippi River, but Ol’ Man River stays mostly out of sight if you follow this 24-mile trail through river marshes, wildlife preserves, hardwood...

Willow Trail

WI - 0.6 miles

La Crosse's marshlands sit on a thousand acres in the heart of the city. The wetlands occur where the La Crosse and Mississippi rivers meet. The Marsh Trail Network is a cluster of paved and unpaved...

La Crosse River State Trail

WI - 21 miles

The La Crosse River valley provides level terrain through a rugged area of western Wisconsin for the La Crosse River State Trail. This screened-limestone rail-with-trail passes through farmland,...

400 State Trail

WI - 22.3 miles

Traveling the 400 State Trail is a numbers game. The trail’s name refers to the old Chicago and North Western Railway’s “No. 400” passenger train that zoomed through here between Chicago and St....

Omaha Trail

WI - 12.5 miles

The 12.5-mile Omaha Trail passes through a wonderland of towering buttes, mesas, and pinnacles that seem more at home in an arid desert than in fertile farmland. The steep sandstone formations, some...

Root River State Trail

MN - 42 miles

Along much of its route, the Root River State Trail follows the winding course of its namesake river for 42 miles through the Minnesota towns of Fountain, Lanesboro, Whalan, Peterson, Rushford, and...

Swift Creek Trail (WI)

WI - 1.9 miles

The Swift Creek Trail combines a trail segment running the length of Isle la Plume and a walking trail that was the initiative of staff of the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. The trail begins in...

Grand Crossing Trail

WI - 1 miles

The Grand Crossing Trail is a north-south trail located in La Crosse's marshlands. The hard-surface trail begins on River Valley Drive and extends south to Myrick Park Drive. The trail offers an...

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

WI - 33.8 miles

Utter darkness is as much a part of the scenery along the Elroy-Sparta State Trail as the views of the rolling hills and farmland. That’s because visitors pass through three hand-dug railroad tunnels...

Pammel Creek Trail

WI - 2 miles

The Pammel Creek Trail is a paved path in La Crosse. The trail mostly follows the alignment of the Pammel Creek channel. The trail travels through residential areas in the south part of La Crosse,...

Paint Creek Trail (IA)

IA - 2.5 miles

Iowa's Yellow River State Forest contains a sprawling network of hiking, equestrian and bicycle trails. The Paint Creek Trail, which occupies a segment of an abandoned railroad corridor, is the only...

Omaha Trail

WI - 12.5 miles

The 12.5-mile Omaha Trail passes through a wonderland of towering buttes, mesas, and pinnacles that seem more at home in an arid desert than in fertile farmland. The steep sandstone formations, some...

La Crosse River State Trail

WI - 21 miles

The La Crosse River valley provides level terrain through a rugged area of western Wisconsin for the La Crosse River State Trail. This screened-limestone rail-with-trail passes through farmland,...

Pammel Creek Trail

WI - 2 miles

The Pammel Creek Trail is a paved path in La Crosse. The trail mostly follows the alignment of the Pammel Creek channel. The trail travels through residential areas in the south part of La Crosse,...

Hillsboro State Trail

WI - 4.3 miles

The 4.3-mile Hillsboro State Trail will make you feel instantly at home. Easy and flat, this gravel trail will take you on a short excursion from Hillsboro to Union Center. But this trail is more of a...

Accordion

Buffalo River State Trail

WI - 36.4 miles

The Buffalo River State Trail connects the towns of Fairchild and Mondovi along US 10 in scenic central Wisconsin. Although the rail-trail closely follows the Buffalo River, the winding waterway is...

Root River State Trail

MN - 42 miles

Along much of its route, the Root River State Trail follows the winding course of its namesake river for 42 miles through the Minnesota towns of Fountain, Lanesboro, Whalan, Peterson, Rushford, and...

400 State Trail

WI - 22.3 miles

Traveling the 400 State Trail is a numbers game. The trail’s name refers to the old Chicago and North Western Railway’s “No. 400” passenger train that zoomed through here between Chicago and St....

Paint Creek Trail (IA)

IA - 2.5 miles

Iowa's Yellow River State Forest contains a sprawling network of hiking, equestrian and bicycle trails. The Paint Creek Trail, which occupies a segment of an abandoned railroad corridor, is the only...

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

WI - 33.8 miles

Utter darkness is as much a part of the scenery along the Elroy-Sparta State Trail as the views of the rolling hills and farmland. That’s because visitors pass through three hand-dug railroad tunnels...

Willow Trail

WI - 0.6 miles

La Crosse's marshlands sit on a thousand acres in the heart of the city. The wetlands occur where the La Crosse and Mississippi rivers meet. The Marsh Trail Network is a cluster of paved and unpaved...

Swift Creek Trail (WI)

WI - 1.9 miles

The Swift Creek Trail combines a trail segment running the length of Isle la Plume and a walking trail that was the initiative of staff of the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. The trail begins in...

Jim Asfoor Trail

WI - 1.3 miles

The Jim Asfoor Trail is a paved hike-and-bike trail within La Crosse's marshlands. The trail is part of the Marsh Trail Network, cluster of paved and unpaved trails occupying the thousand-acre wetland...

Grand Crossing Trail

WI - 1 miles

The Grand Crossing Trail is a north-south trail located in La Crosse's marshlands. The hard-surface trail begins on River Valley Drive and extends south to Myrick Park Drive. The trail offers an...

Trout Run Trail

IA - 11 miles

The Trout Run Trail provides an experience unique to any other in Iowa, with a hilly landscape that reminds trail users of the meteorite that struck the area long ago. The trail actually loops all the...

Vietnam Veterans Trail (WI)

WI - 0.9 miles

La Crosse's Marsh Trail Network is a collection of paved and unpaved trails occupying the 1000 acre wetland where the La Crosse River meets the Mississippi River. The marsh, which lies minutes from...

Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

MN - 18 miles

The Harmony–Preston Valley State Trail runs 18 miles on a north-south line between the town of Harmony and the Root River State Trail, which it meets between Lanesboro and Fountain. The paved trail is...

Great River State Trail

WI - 24 miles

The Great River State Trail is named for the Mississippi River, but Ol’ Man River stays mostly out of sight if you follow this 24-mile trail through river marshes, wildlife preserves, hardwood...

Bud Hendrickson Nature Trail

WI - 1.2 miles

This trail and bike-ped bridge are named for a La Crosse resident and trail lover, whose independent efforts to create a walking path in the 1950s would pave the way for this trail. The hard surface...

Recent Trail Reviews

Root River State Trail

Beautiful Scenic Trail

August, 2022 by deborahday67

We rode from Whalan to Peterson and then we turned around and rode to Lanesboro and finally back to Whalan - a total of 27 miles. We rented bikes at the Cedar Valley Resort, which were reasonably priced and great quality. The trail was beautiful - very rural with good views of the river, prairie, and bluffs. The surface was smooth, shaded, and clear of debris. Most of it was flat with a few hills. We saw songbirds, turkeys, and goats. The towns provide a nice break with a chance to stop, walk around, and get something to eat.

La Crosse River State Trail

Bikepacking cross country

August, 2022 by adb.builder

I rode the entire length of the trail on August 1st. Great trail. Great surface. Lots of services along the way. Very busy with cyclists and walkers, but not crowded. Met other bikepackers on the route. Recommended!!

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

Bikepacking cross country

August, 2022 by adb.builder

I rode the entire length of the trail on August 1st. Great trail. Great surface. Lots of services along the way. Very busy with cyclists and walkers, but not crowded. Met other bikepackers on the route. Recommended!!

Accordion

400 State Trail

Bikepacking cross country

August, 2022 by adb.builder

I rode the entire length of the trail on August 1st. Great trail. Great surface. Lots of services along the way. Very busy with cyclists and walkers, but not crowded. Met other bikepackers on the route. Recommended!!

Hillsboro State Trail

Looked great but a rough ride

August, 2022 by emmettbrown

We planned to start our ride from the beginning of the Hillsboro then continue on to the 400 south to La Valle and back, then stop at the Hillsboro Brewing Company. It started off great but got very rough with what appeared to be a light fresh layer of gravel, but the type used for driveways and not crushed. It was loose and not easy to ride on compared to the 400 trail. My wife couldn't ride on it as she just felt unstable. We had to turn back after about 1/3 mile and drive 5 miles up the road to Union Center. We changed our ride to go from there to Elroy. Much better. If our bikes had suspension forks I'm sure it would have helped. I'm sure they are trying to upgrade the trail some but they should have used crushed gravel.

400 State Trail

Reedsburg to Elroy and Back, 44 Miles July 27, 2022

July, 2022 by djones223

There was a light rain overnight so the trail was a little soft in places, otherwise it was in very good condition. Much of the trail runs along the Baraboo River and there were views of limestone bluffs and many small lakes. Stopped for a rest at the north end of the trail at the Elroy Commons area. The bathrooms were very clean and even had showers. On the way back to Reedsburg, I stopped at Wonewoc to have a good lunch at the Neighbors Sandwich Bar and Deli. Connected to it is a coffee bar and ice-cream shop.
Be aware there is no restroom at the Reedsburg trailhead. There are several along the trail though.

Root River State Trail

Amazing Day

July, 2022 by cwzp6vcy68

Staying at the Eagle Cliff resort and hopped on the trail in Whalan. Made it to just past Rushford and turned around. The trail from there on to Houston seemed scattered with debris from a storm perhaps. Lots of down tree branches made a little hard to ride so we turned around. All in all a wonderful scenic trail with many stops along the way.

Root River State Trail

Trail full of debris and downed trees after yesterday's storms. Can't ride on either direction (unless willing to carry your bike over the roadblocks?) Will try Lanesboro's trailhead tomorrow.

July, 2022 by susygoldschmidt

Trail full of debris and downed trees after yesterday's storms. Can't ride on either direction (unless willing to carry your bike over the roadblocks?) Will try Lanesboro's trailhead tomorrow.

Root River State Trail

nice trail but…

July, 2022 by allyn.dana

We rode from the trail head in Houston at Trailhead Park (which has a fantastic bathroom and even a shower which came in handy after a super sweaty ride) to Rushford Village. A round trip of 30 miles. The trail has a few potholes closer to the park which can easily be avoided. It’s paved the entire way and I would say it’s ~ 75% canopied paved trail. My only complaint was that the transitions on and off the bridges is rough with a capital R! Lift off your seat if you are biking!

Swift Creek Trail (WI)

Interesting…

July, 2022 by t6nyrn997d

The trail head is located at the city sewage treatment plant and a large homeless camp. Lots of foul smells for about the first 1/2 mile. No lighting along most of the trail also creates higher level of concern due to the homeless camp. The southern half of the trail was nice.

Root River State Trail

issue west of Lanesboro

July, 2022 by shellijennings

Tried to ride from Whalen to Preston this evening. There is a large tree across the trail west of Lanesboro, about a half mile west of Grist Rd. Otherwise, trail is just about as beautiful as it can be. Shaded, river views, and pie in Whalen!

La Crosse River State Trail

Great Trail

July, 2022 by vbicin

I rode the whole trail from Sparta to La Crosse and back on July 13 2022. The trail is in great condition, well maintained . It parallels an active rail line so one can see several trains during their travel. All the rest stops are clean and have running water.

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