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400 State Trail

21.9 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

33.8 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

Pammel Creek Trail

2 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Root River State Trail

42.1 mi
State: MN
Asphalt

Trout Run Trail

11 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Great River State Trail

27.6 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, Gravel

Omaha Trail

12.5 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Gravel

Paint Creek Trail (IA)

2.5 mi
State: IA
Dirt

Buffalo River State Trail

36.4 mi
State: WI
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Swift Creek Trail

1.9 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Bud Hendrickson Nature Trail

1.2 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Flyway Trail

3.2 mi
State: MN, WI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Foundation Trail

3.19 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Grand Crossing Trail

1 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Old Highway 131 Trail

5.7 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone
Accordion

Tomah Recreation Trail

3.15 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Concrete

Vietnam Veterans Trail

0.9 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Wagon Wheel Trail

0.8 mi
State: MN
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Willow Trail

0.6 mi
State: WI
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Overview 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...
WI 21.9 mi Crushed Stone
Note: The three tunnels on the trail close from Nov. 1 to April 30 each year. Overview Three hand-dug tunnels along the Elroy-Sparta State Trail make utter darkness as much a part of the scenery...
WI 33.8 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 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
Overview 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,...
MN 42.1 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
Overview The Great River State Trail is named for the Mississippi River, but Ol’ Man River stays mostly out of sight if you follow this 27.6-mile trail through river marshes, wildlife preserves,...
WI 27.6 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. Starting out easy with a crushed stone surface before turning to slightly more difficult loose gravel, this trail will take you...
WI 4.3 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
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 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
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
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
Flyway Trail is a community-driven startup committed to building a world-class trail in Buffalo County. The long-term goals for this project aim to increase community connectivity, support economic...
MN, WI 3.2 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The picturesque Foundation Trail encircles the city of Black River Falls Wisconsin. It is a paved asphalt 10-ft wide trail that features bridges, benches, picnic tables and lights. It meanders around...
WI 3.19 mi Asphalt
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
In Winona County, the Mississippi River Regional Trail runs parallel to US 61/14 and the rail line for almost three miles. The trail becomes a bike lane at the southern endpoint on US 14/61. 
MN 2.9 mi Asphalt
Situated in the heart of the Driftless Region, the Old Highway 131 trail holds both cultural, geological and historical significance. Even before the old highway was established, the Ho-Chunk nation...
WI 5.7 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone
Accordion
The Tomah Recreation Trail winds along the northern edge of downtown Tomah between Buckley Park and Lake Tomah. Currently the trail is composed of two unconnected segments. The shorter, southeast...
WI 3.15 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
The Wagon Wheel Trail runs for less than a mile through the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Blue Lake is just south of the trail, which has a crushed gravel surface suitable for...
MN 0.8 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
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

Recent Trail Reviews

Root River State Trail

Loved this trail

July, 2024 by pauldspain

Only did about 11 miles round trip from Houston. Very rural and scenic with river views, hills, fields and heavy tree overgrowth. I would love to do the entire journey. That is for next time!!!

La Crosse River State Trail

Buy pass first!

July, 2024 by rembrandreadoran

Don’t waste time looking for a physical location to buy pass prior to biking. Go online. And buy a daily pass in 2 minutes for $5.23. I lost 75 minutes driving to 3 locations before I realized online was an easy option.
https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/admission/trailpass

Flat trail with plenty of benches along the way to rest.

400 State Trail

Top notch Wisconsin trail, but...

June, 2024 by danwarwick

Awesome trail, but could be superb if grass was cut in the center of the trail. I have a trike, which makes it difficult. I managed, but was slow moving. Lots to see, with a variety of scenery. Be prepared for horseflies.

Accordion

Root River State Trail

Great Ride

June, 2024 by dpoquette

I rode the section between Rushford and Whalen and it was a great ride. Lots of canopy on a very hot and humid day. You could see that the trail had been cleaned up. Unfortunately, just after we rode it, a flash flood warning was issued so, I don’t know if there was any damage. I would definitely ride it again. The previous two reviewers who rode it in June 2024 gave the trail a 1 & 2 stars just because the trail wasn’t cleaned up were too harsh. Give the volunteers and crew a chance to clean things up.

Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

Cleanup debris

June, 2024 by penfre73680

This trail has so many limbs and branches that I saw three people changing flat tires along this trail. Clean it up because riders don’t want to constantly be battling debris on trail.

Root River State Trail

clean up trail

June, 2024 by penfre73680

This trail needs significant attention to clean up all the debris on the pavement . Low branches and old pavement make this trail marginal at best. Use some of Minnesota tax money to cleanup or have locals that benefit from trail clean up all the debris

Root River State Trail

pick up the debris

June, 2024 by peenfre7368

Lots of debris from Lanesboro to Fountain. Don’t know if this is normal but the trail needs maintenance. Saw several people with flat tires from all the debris on trail.

Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

trail needs maintenance

June, 2024 by peenfre7368

This trail is full of sticks and branches and needs more maintenance to be a pleasurable ride. Does the county or state maintain this trail?

Root River State Trail

Always a favorite

June, 2024 by djmmsherman

We've been on this trail several times and it's consistently great. This time, we started at the trailhead in Lanesboro, biked west and up to Fountain, turned around for a nice mostly-downhill ride, stopped back in Lanesboro for lunch at Pedal Pushers, then onward east toward Rushford. Trail in great shape except for a felled tree from a storm the night before. But easy enough to pick up the bike and carry it over the tree. Aroma Pies in Whalen is a must-do; both coconut cream and banana cream are highly recommended! A nice treat for our 40-mile bike ride that day. So much of this trail curves along the Root River, which makes for beautiful riding.

Omaha Trail

The last time I rode this trail it was in need of some TLC. We enjoyed the tunnel, many bridges and low traffic.

June, 2024 by mankato

The last time I rode this trail it was in need of some TLC. We enjoyed the tunnel, many bridges and low traffic.

Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

Some trail work has been completed to improve the on and offs of the bridges.

June, 2024 by mankato

Some trail work has been completed to improve the on and offs of the bridges.

Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail

Great ride, less traffic and wonderful views and vistas.

June, 2024 by mankato

Great ride, less traffic and wonderful views and vistas.

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