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400 State Trail

22.3 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Bannerman Trail

7 mi
State: WI
Dirt, Grass, Sand

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

32 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Mountain-Bay State Trail

83.4 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Omaha Trail

12.5 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Gravel
Accordion

Tomorrow River State Trail

29.2 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Wiouwash State Trail

41 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The 400 State Trail travels between Reedsburg and Elroy on 22.3 miles of old Chicago and North Western Railroad line. The trail's curious name has an obvious origin. It is named for the train—Number 400—that ...
WI 22.3 mi Crushed Stone
The Bannerman Trail is open but largely unimproved between the communities of Redgranite and Neshkoro on a former Chicago and North Western Railway corridor. The dirt, grass and sand surface might make ...
WI 7 mi Dirt, Grass, Sand
The history of the Elroy-Sparta State Trail is almost as fun as the ride. In its prime this section of the Chicago and North Western Railroad supplied markets in Chicago and Madison with goods from Minnesota, ...
WI 32 mi Crushed Stone
The Mountain-Bay State Trail runs 83 miles across north-central Wisconsin between Green Bay and Rib Mountain east of Wausau. The trail occupies the old rail corridor of the former Chicago and Northwestern ...
WI 83.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
This 14-mile limestone trail is a gorgeous offshoot from a 100-mile continuous trail corridor that includes the Great River State Trail, La Crosse River State Trail, Elroy-Sparta State Trail and the 400 ...
WI 12.5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Tomorrow River State Trail runs for nearly 30 miles between the Wisconsin towns of Plover and Manawa, linking with the communities of Scandinavia, Ogdensburg and Amherst Junction. There is a separate ...
WI 29.2 mi Crushed Stone
Wisconsin’s Wiouwash State Trail is named for the four counties it passes through: Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca and Shawano. Currently, 41 miles of the rail-trail are open in two disconnected sections, ...
WI 41 mi Crushed Stone

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400 State Trail

WI - 22.3 miles

The 400 State Trail travels between Reedsburg and Elroy on 22.3 miles of old Chicago and North Western Railroad line. The trail's curious name has an obvious origin. It is named for the train—Number 400—that ...

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

WI - 32 miles

The history of the Elroy-Sparta State Trail is almost as fun as the ride. In its prime this section of the Chicago and North Western Railroad supplied markets in Chicago and Madison with goods from Minnesota, ...

Mountain-Bay State Trail

WI - 83.4 miles

The Mountain-Bay State Trail runs 83 miles across north-central Wisconsin between Green Bay and Rib Mountain east of Wausau. The trail occupies the old rail corridor of the former Chicago and Northwestern ...

Omaha Trail

WI - 12.5 miles

This 14-mile limestone trail is a gorgeous offshoot from a 100-mile continuous trail corridor that includes the Great River State Trail, La Crosse River State Trail, Elroy-Sparta State Trail and the 400 ...

Accordion

Omaha Trail

WI - 12.5 miles

This 14-mile limestone trail is a gorgeous offshoot from a 100-mile continuous trail corridor that includes the Great River State Trail, La Crosse River State Trail, Elroy-Sparta State Trail and the 400 ...

Tomorrow River State Trail

WI - 29.2 miles

The Tomorrow River State Trail runs for nearly 30 miles between the Wisconsin towns of Plover and Manawa, linking with the communities of Scandinavia, Ogdensburg and Amherst Junction. There is a separate ...

Wiouwash State Trail

WI - 41 miles

Wisconsin’s Wiouwash State Trail is named for the four counties it passes through: Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca and Shawano. Currently, 41 miles of the rail-trail are open in two disconnected sections, ...

400 State Trail

WI - 22.3 miles

The 400 State Trail travels between Reedsburg and Elroy on 22.3 miles of old Chicago and North Western Railroad line. The trail's curious name has an obvious origin. It is named for the train—Number 400—that ...

Bannerman Trail

WI - 7 miles

The Bannerman Trail is open but largely unimproved between the communities of Redgranite and Neshkoro on a former Chicago and North Western Railway corridor. The dirt, grass and sand surface might make ...

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

WI - 32 miles

The history of the Elroy-Sparta State Trail is almost as fun as the ride. In its prime this section of the Chicago and North Western Railroad supplied markets in Chicago and Madison with goods from Minnesota, ...

Mountain-Bay State Trail

WI - 83.4 miles

The Mountain-Bay State Trail runs 83 miles across north-central Wisconsin between Green Bay and Rib Mountain east of Wausau. The trail occupies the old rail corridor of the former Chicago and Northwestern ...

Accordion

Mountain-Bay State Trail

WI - 83.4 miles

The Mountain-Bay State Trail runs 83 miles across north-central Wisconsin between Green Bay and Rib Mountain east of Wausau. The trail occupies the old rail corridor of the former Chicago and Northwestern ...

Omaha Trail

WI - 12.5 miles

This 14-mile limestone trail is a gorgeous offshoot from a 100-mile continuous trail corridor that includes the Great River State Trail, La Crosse River State Trail, Elroy-Sparta State Trail and the 400 ...

Tomorrow River State Trail

WI - 29.2 miles

The Tomorrow River State Trail runs for nearly 30 miles between the Wisconsin towns of Plover and Manawa, linking with the communities of Scandinavia, Ogdensburg and Amherst Junction. There is a separate ...

Wiouwash State Trail

WI - 41 miles

Wisconsin’s Wiouwash State Trail is named for the four counties it passes through: Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca and Shawano. Currently, 41 miles of the rail-trail are open in two disconnected sections, ...

400 State Trail

WI - 22.3 miles

The 400 State Trail travels between Reedsburg and Elroy on 22.3 miles of old Chicago and North Western Railroad line. The trail's curious name has an obvious origin. It is named for the train—Number 400—that ...

Bannerman Trail

WI - 7 miles

The Bannerman Trail is open but largely unimproved between the communities of Redgranite and Neshkoro on a former Chicago and North Western Railway corridor. The dirt, grass and sand surface might make ...

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

WI - 32 miles

The history of the Elroy-Sparta State Trail is almost as fun as the ride. In its prime this section of the Chicago and North Western Railroad supplied markets in Chicago and Madison with goods from Minnesota, ...

Mountain-Bay State Trail

WI - 83.4 miles

The Mountain-Bay State Trail runs 83 miles across north-central Wisconsin between Green Bay and Rib Mountain east of Wausau. The trail occupies the old rail corridor of the former Chicago and Northwestern ...

Accordion

Omaha Trail

WI - 12.5 miles

This 14-mile limestone trail is a gorgeous offshoot from a 100-mile continuous trail corridor that includes the Great River State Trail, La Crosse River State Trail, Elroy-Sparta State Trail and the 400 ...

Tomorrow River State Trail

WI - 29.2 miles

The Tomorrow River State Trail runs for nearly 30 miles between the Wisconsin towns of Plover and Manawa, linking with the communities of Scandinavia, Ogdensburg and Amherst Junction. There is a separate ...

Wiouwash State Trail

WI - 41 miles

Wisconsin’s Wiouwash State Trail is named for the four counties it passes through: Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca and Shawano. Currently, 41 miles of the rail-trail are open in two disconnected sections, ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Tomorrow River State Trail

November beauty

November, 2016 by greeny

We started in Scandinavia and headed East to Ogdensburg.
Returned to Scandinavia for a picnic by the river before
venturing West for a few miles, then back to the initial spot. Trail was in perfect condition and the scenery
beautiful. November 5th and the temperature was 69 degrees F. We will return, for sure, to explore the remainder of this most inviting trail.

Wiouwash State Trail

beautiful ride

October, 2016 by lisa202000

We rode from Medina to Hortonville and back on this trail at the end of October. (4 miles each way) This was an absolutely beautiful trip with trees draping over the trail most of the way. It also included some beautiful marsh land and some bird filled meadows. There was a port -potty, some sitting areas and a picnic table for lunching in this short stint of the trail. I can't wait to ride this trail again in the summer time.

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

Just a great trail!!

October, 2016 by cubfan0213

Went on a 2-day ride the first weekend in October. Started in Wilton and went east to Sparta on Saturday (about 40 miles) and west to Elroy on Sunday (about 30 miles). The 3 tunnels are really cool. The grades are not steep. It's a great trail for casual or beginner riders!! Already looking forward to riding it again next year!!

Accordion

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

Still worth it

October, 2016 by kevinkaren

I first rode this trail around 1990 and have been back at least 3 times since then, more or less evenly spaced over the last 25 years. In my opinion, the granddaddy of all rail-trails is still worthy of "bucket list" status.

I was surprised to read the strong negative opinions about trail maintenance posted here. Unless my memory is failing, the condition of the trail has not changed a great deal over that period, but neither does it live up to current standards in trail construction. Rather than deteriorating much, time has overtaken it.

I rode west-to-east from the depot in Sparta to the Elroy Commons, and met my ride there. This adds a little on each end of the official trail, making an even 34 miles. Hypothetically I had a 194' elevation gain going that way, but you go uphill to each tunnel and downhill afterward, and prevailing winds are usually from the west.

The trail from Elroy to Kendall is flat, level, and has the newest surface. The remainder west to Sparta is more hard-packed dirt than stone, with small but manageable bumps and ruts, and a very few bigger ruts to watch out for. Par for the course when you ride stone trails. It was dry when I rode, so I don't know if the trail becomes slippery in a rainshower.

Regardless of the weather you will get wet in the tunnels, although they are not particularly cold. The first one traveling east is the longest and wettest. And the suggestion to bring a light is best heeded. Walking straight down the middle of the trail without one in the two shorter tunnels is just barely possible if you look carefully at each wall (I tried it), but in the long tunnel there's no way to stay centered without help. If you lose your way and drift too close to a wall, you or your bike will fall into the gutter where water drains out of the tunnel. Riding through the tunnels with a bright light is possible, but I wouldn't risk running into the back of someone walking without a light. Been there, almost done that on another trail years ago.

Scenery is typical Wisconsin rolling farmland, which is nice but the tunnels are the main attraction. There are stops in communities along the way; the young woman at the Kendall depot was very friendly; they sell snacks & T-shirts along with trail passes. Sparta depot was open when I started my ride, and Elroy Commons has not only the concession sales, but also showers. It's a great amenity if you park there on a hot summer day and have a long drive to your next destination.

$5 to ride an historic trail is not bad, and it seems more worthwhile than paying that much in tolls to drive around Chicago or on the Turnpike to access one of the very nice "free" Pennsylvania rail trails. And you can fill out your weekend with a ride on one of Minnesota's paved and mostly free trails!

400 State Trail

Lake Redstone is a red herring

October, 2016 by flarosa7

I set out on this trail expecting to go six miles to Lake Redstone and then come back, as the text suggests. But there are NO SIGNS for Lake Redstone on the trail and NO WAY TO GET TO IT via bike trails. I had gone more than two miles past it before I realized this.

As far I can tell, the only way to get to Lake Redstone is to turn off on Highway V, which has no bike lanes and looks very dangerous for bikers. I decided not to bother with it.

Otherwise, the trail is not bad. Very flat and the cross streets are few and far between, except for a few close together right at the beginning.

400 State Trail

Best Trail in the series of 4

September, 2016 by 4csmiley

I would rate the 400 trail as the best of the (4) connecting trails for the natural beauty and ease of ride. I rode the 4 trails on a 3 wheel recumbent which is probably not the best choice for these trails as some have killer potholes due to ground squirrels digging them up. The 400 has abundant wildlife such as Geese, Deer, ducks, squirrels, turtles, snakes and a variety of birds. The bluffs and marshlands are picture worthy scenery.

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

C'mon Wisconsin, spend some money on maintenance

September, 2016 by 20prospect

As several other comments have noted, the trail is really getting to be in rough shape. It's apparent that nothing has been done to keep up the surface. It's getting overgrown, and rutted. Why Wisconsin requires everyone to pay $5 to ride it, and spends nothing on maintenance is beyond me. These trails are a gem, but are being left to deteriorate by the state. Shameful.

Mountain-Bay State Trail

Mountain-bay State Trail

September, 2016 by alexgregory

I rode from Howard to Pulaski. Trail was in good shape, but not alot to see.

Omaha Trail

August, 2016 by fluegel.becky

Rode this train August 2016 from Elroy to Ft Douglas. Realize that I have been spoiled by the amazing MN trail surfaces. This trail is "sealed" it is certainly OK with a road bike. Some lose, rough and sandy areas. Mostly shaded trail. There is 1 tunnel halfway through--perfect for a cool breeze and walk mid-ride.
Ate at the Bender Family restaurant--Good food!

Omaha Trail

Absolutely beautiful and a tunnel!

August, 2016 by 4csmiley

Not sure how anyone could complain about the surface of this"trail". It is a trail, not a city street. The entire trail with a few very short exceptions, is older asphalt. Yes it has a couple bumps in it and yes there are a few potholes, but honestly, it is one of the nicest surfaces we have rode on in Wisconsin and we have rode quite a few trails. It is probably not a good path for thin tire race bike, but then, very few trails are. Scenery is stunning and tunnel is fun. (About 300 ft. Long). A really cool tall trestle to ride under. Lots of shade on the 27 mile round trip from Elroy to Camp Douglas and back. Slight grade both ways up to tunnel.

Tomorrow River State Trail

Peaceful Farm, Field and Forest Trail

July, 2016 by jane.dumke

After reading the last couple reviews we were a little bit leery about this Trail but we found it to be pleasant, deserted, through beautiful fields and trees. We rode from Amherst Junction just past Scandinavia. The first 1.5 miles was on county highways, but was well marked, and not a lot of traffic on Sunday afternoon. If you like the beautiful farm fields around central Wisconsin framed by rolling hills of green forest, this is a great trail. Never saw another biker, and the tracks indicated there had been only one other set of bikers all day. We found it well maintained. It was after a wet night so the trail was soft, which made it seem somewhat up hill both ways! We worked coming back from Scandinavia! Glad the sun wasn't out most of the day as there is little shade, and no place outside of businesses in Scandinavia itself to get more water. We did enjoy cooling our feet in the River, though!

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

Mixed review

July, 2016 by raleigh route 4

First the good. The facilities provided by the local towns along the trail are the best I've seen on a trail. Clean restrooms with flush toilets. 2. Scenic ride and really neat rail stations.

Now the not so good. Trail maintenance is lacking, rough and wash outs along with the farm equipment crossings that really rut the trail. Bridge crossing are also very rough. Trail is narrowing from lack of trail side maintenance.
We are from PA and could not wait to ride this trail. But were disappointed especially since we had to pay $5 each every day, to ride all trails in WI! Our trails in PA are FREE and are better maintained than these "pay to ride" trails! Where is that money going? It obviously is not going into trail maintenance!
Also as a note to novice bikers this trail has about 7 miles of flat riding, the rest is going up grade @ 3% or down and before each tunnel they are long up hill ascents. Not great for those that are not Lance Armstrong type riders.


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