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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

33.8 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Green Circle Trail

27 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel, Sand, Woodchips

Mountain-Bay State Trail

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

Omaha Trail

12.5 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Gravel

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
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. Paul—a ...
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
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 on ...
WI 33.8 mi Crushed Stone
The description of the Green Circle Trail on the official site makes a unique boast: “All urban residents are within 10 minutes of the trail system, and yet, more than 80% of the Green Circle travels through ...
WI 27 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel, Sand, Woodchips
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
Accordion
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

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. Paul—a ...

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 on ...

Green Circle Trail

WI - 27 miles

The description of the Green Circle Trail on the official site makes a unique boast: “All urban residents are within 10 minutes of the trail system, and yet, more than 80% of the Green Circle travels through ...

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

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. Paul—a ...

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 - 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 on ...

Green Circle Trail

WI - 27 miles

The description of the Green Circle Trail on the official site makes a unique boast: “All urban residents are within 10 minutes of the trail system, and yet, more than 80% of the Green Circle travels through ...

Accordion

Green Circle Trail

WI - 27 miles

The description of the Green Circle Trail on the official site makes a unique boast: “All urban residents are within 10 minutes of the trail system, and yet, more than 80% of the Green Circle travels through ...

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

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. Paul—a ...

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 - 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 on ...

Green Circle Trail

WI - 27 miles

The description of the Green Circle Trail on the official site makes a unique boast: “All urban residents are within 10 minutes of the trail system, and yet, more than 80% of the Green Circle travels through ...

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, ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Omaha Trail

Quick ride from Camp Douglas

May, 2017 by trraatz

Nice for a short bike ride. Trails getting a little rough in Worn areas

Tomorrow River State Trail

From Manawa to Scandinavia

May, 2017 by glh_tl

After a bit of frustration trying to find a trailhead or parking spot in Manawa, I finally asked a man who was outside working on his lawn where to park. He kindly offered information and said parking along the roadside near the trail was fine. Apparently the bridge that connects to downtown Manawa, where parking is more available, is not yet complete. I parked along Wolf Road and picked up the trail at that point. (If you need to stop at a restroom before you hit the trail, there is a gas station in town.)

The ride was pleasant and the trail was in fine condition. There was quite a bit of diversity as it passed through wooded areas, farmland, and marsh areas. The grade is relatively flat with only a few mild hills along the way.

Plenty of birdlife activity kept the sights lively. Be sure to keep you eyes open along the water areas if you want to catch a glimps of turtles sunning on a log or peeking their heads out of the stream.

At Ogdensburg Pond, there is a small dam with a trail bridge that is a nice place to stop and enjoy the scenery before heading on to Scandinavia.

In Scandinavia, I'd suggest getting off the trail and riding the small town roads just north a bit to Silver Lake. Jorgenson Park is on the north side of the lake and well worth the stop. There's a shelter, planked walking trails, and a lovely little bench on a dock where you can take a peaceful rest before hitting the trail again. Also, if you ride around town a bit before heading back to Manawa, you are able to clock a nice 30 miles under your belt.

Bannerman Trail

beautiful trail

March, 2017 by stephanieceman

We started the trail in Red Granite, walked a few miles, and were pleasantly surprised by how wide and well-maintained it was. We enjoyed looking at the geese in the large pond to the east and all of the strewn-about quarry rocks. This is a pleasant walking trail but not good for bikes. There were a few trees down across the trail but we were on it in March. We also started the trail from the Neshkoro side and were even more impressed by how removed from people it was and how pretty the trees were that grew alongside the trail and canopied over the top.

Accordion

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!!

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!

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