Platteville, WI Birding Trails and Maps

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Alliant Powerline Trail

0.7 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Badger State Trail

40 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Bear River Recreation Trail

5.6 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone

Bee Branch Trail

0.74 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Bellevue Rivervue Trail

2.3 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Bergfeld Recreation Trail

1.8 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Cheese Country Recreation Trail

47 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Copper Creek Trail

0.75 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone

Dubuque Jaycees Trail

1.28 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Forest Hills Trail

1.5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Galena River Trail

4.5 mi
State: IL
Crushed Stone

Great River Trail

62.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Heritage Trail (IA)

29.4 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Jane Addams Trail

18.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Military Ridge State Trail

40 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Mississippi Riverwalk Trail

0.95 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Northwest Arterial Trail

4.8 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Paint Creek Trail (IA)

2.5 mi
State: IA
Dirt

Pecatonica State Trail

10 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Pine River Trail

14.3 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Accordion

Pony Hollow Trail

3.6 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Rountree Branch Trail

3 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Concrete

Sanders Creek Trail

1.1 mi
State: WI
Concrete

Southern Levy Trail

0.7 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Sugar River State Trail

22.7 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Trolley Line Trail (IA)

0.57 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Wisconsin River Trail

0.4 mi
State: WI
Concrete

Wolf Run Trail (WI)

2 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
A short trail that makes creative use of a utility corridor on the southeastern bluffs of Dubuque, the Alliant Powerline Trail provides a paved, tree-lined path perfect for dog-walking or exercising -...
IA 0.7 mi Asphalt
Rail-trail fans know that Wisconsin’s Elroy-Sparta State Trail is famous for its three tunnels. The Badger State Trail, which heads south from Madison to the Illinois state line (where it connects...
WI 40 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Bear River Recreation Trail follows part of the Maquoketa River outside of Spragueville and Preston, through bucolic countryside of woodlands, farms and river lowlands. You can start the trail in...
IA 5.6 mi Crushed Stone
The Bee Branch Trail forms an important connection between the almost thirty-mile Heritage Trail, the crown jewel of the area's trail system, and the Mississippi River and Chaplain Schmitt Island,...
IA 0.74 mi Asphalt
Just as the charming little city of Bellevue lies nestled against the banks of the Mississippi River, the Bellevue Rivervue Trail lies nestled in the corridor between the active rail line and the...
IA 2.3 mi Asphalt
Nestled amidst the suburban landscape on the western outskirts of Dubuque, the Bergfeld Recreation Area is a 30-acre park with playgrounds, fishing spots on the Bergfeld Pond, and the Bergfeld...
IA 1.8 mi Asphalt
If you’re looking for an invigorating motorized-trail experience, the Cheese Country Recreation Trail (aka the Tri-County Trail) won’t disappoint. If you’re on foot, hoof, or self-propelled two...
WI 47 mi Crushed Stone
The Copper Creek Trail runs for a short distance from the town of Preston, heading northwest along Copper Creek to meet with the Bear River Recreation Trail. You'll find a nice picnic spot with a...
IA 0.75 mi Crushed Stone
The Dubuque Jaycees Trail runs for just over a mile from Pyatigorsk Park (named for a Russian sister city to Dubuque) up to the 8-acre A.Y. McDonald Park, a popular fishing and boat launch spot...
IA 1.28 mi Asphalt
The Forest Hills Trail is a nice multi-use recreation trail that forms a circuit around a subdivision in the city of Asbury, just west of Dubuque. Perfect for walking, jogging, and other forms of...
IA 1.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Galena River Trail is built upon an old railroad spur of the Burlington Railroad main line, constructed in 1886. The spur linked Galena to Galena Junction, where the main railroad line—still...
IL 4.5 mi Crushed Stone
The Great River Trail is a breathtaking journey along more than 60 miles of the Mississippi River in northern Illinois. In places, the paved trail follows the former spur route of the Chicago, St....
IL 62.3 mi Asphalt
The Heritage Trail rolls along like a dream for nearly 30 miles from the Mississippi River town of Dubuque to Dyersville, home of the movie set for Field of Dreams. Along the way it passes through the...
IA 29.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
There’s no debating the historical significance of the Jane Addams Trail. Not only is it named for a Nobel Peace Prize-winning social activist who grew up nearby, but the trail also passes the site of...
IL 18.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Military Ridge State Trail finds the high ground as it rolls across 40 miles of idyllic farmland from the outskirts of Madison to the historic mining town of Dodgeville. It follows an American...
WI 40 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
A spacious path easily identifiable by it's red-patterned concrete, the Mississippi Riverwalk Trail runs just under a mile along the river, connecting some of Dubuque's major tourist attractions and...
IA 0.95 mi Concrete
Providing over four and a half miles of smooth asphalt trail, perfect for commuting or recreation, the Northwest Arterial Trail helps adds off-road connectivity to Dubuque's western suburbs and also...
IA 4.8 mi Asphalt
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 Pecatonica State Trail is never far from water as it takes the easygoing Bonner Branch Valley through the rolling hills and rocky bluffs of southwest Wisconsin’s Driftless Area, a region that the...
WI 10 mi Crushed Stone
The Pine River Trail winds on an abandoned railroad corridor between Richland Center and Lone Rock in scenic Richland County. Trail users are treated to stunning views of river bluffs, marshland and...
WI 14.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Accordion
The Pony Hollow Trail in the northeastern Iowa city of Elkader offers a scenic route through woodlands and wetlands along the former Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad bed. The western half of...
IA 3.6 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
The Rountree Branch Trail begins where Chestnut Street in Platteville crosses the Rountree Branch stream and continues 2.7 miles to Keystone Parkway. The trail connects trails on the UW-Platteville...
WI 3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Sanders Creek Trail begins on the north end of Boscobel and winds southward through town along its namesake creek. The paved pathway offers a pleasant experience in a greenspace bordering quiet...
WI 1.1 mi Concrete
An asphalt path lined with cracks and sprouting grass, the Southern Levy Trail might not be much to look at itself, and its route limits its usefulness as anything but an out-and-back recreational...
IA 0.7 mi Asphalt
If you can’t make it to Switzerland, then you can do the  next best thing: take the Sugar River State Trail to “America’s Little Switzerland,” New Glarus, Wisconsin. Settled in 1845 by a small group...
WI 22.7 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Built on the same route that a streetcar once used to carry passengers to the impressive overlooks of Eagle Point Park, the half-mile long Trolley Line Trail provides a convenient and scenic means of...
IA 0.57 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Wisconsin River Trail is a developing pathway which will one day connect the communities of Boscobel, Woodman, and Wauzeka in southwestern Wisconsin. The loop trail will be built in four phases...
WI 0.4 mi Concrete
The Wolf Run Trail supports a wide variety of users on its two miles of crushed gravel, situated on the outskirts of Mazomanie in northwestern Dane County. Heading southeast from the charming...
WI 2 mi Crushed Stone

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Recent Trail Reviews

Galena River Trail

Nice trail along Galena River

August, 2020 by csyke_tl

This is a pretty trail with a few gentle hills but mostly flat and tree lined. Start in the parking lot by the train depot and head south for several miles along the river toward the Mississippi. Or head north for a couple miles. Watch out for walnuts in the fall.

Heritage Trail (IA)

Best Trail Around

August, 2020 by csyke_tl

This 26 mile trail is beautiful for running and biking. It follows a small river valley over many bridges with great scenery. It is a popular trail for fitness enthusiasts and families alike.

Badger State Trail

tunnel currently closed

August, 2020 by jenbaldock

we started in Belleville at library park and went south, hoping to go to tunnel and turn around. tunnel and path were closed off after 3.4 miles - there was a detour around on roads but I had kids with me and wanted to stay on the path so we just returned to Belleville. Beautiful path.

Accordion

Cheese Country Recreation Trail

Your gravel bike can handle it

August, 2020 by would.i.were

Rode from Monroe to Mineral Point on a gravel bike loaded down with camping gear and it was just fine. It was a weekday; other traffic on trail was minimal. Some really pretty segments right along a gently-gurgling Pecatonica, other segments a slog, but that tends to be the case on any rail-trail. I did not experience any of the very uncomfortable conditions other bike travelers have reported - maybe a product of the weather, or it being a weekday, or the trail association doing a good job with upkeep. Either way, don't feel like a mountain bike or fat bike is necessary, and if you're concerned about ATV traffic go on a weekday.

Sugar River State Trail

Started in Brodhead and made it to Albany. Very quiet and there are some beautiful bridges, but it's pretty sandy in some places

July, 2020 by sl.johnson

Started in Brodhead and made it to Albany. Very quiet and there are some beautiful bridges, but it's pretty sandy in some places

Jane Addams Trail

Northern section beautiful but in need of attention

July, 2020 by wilsonae

This time I started at the stateline trailhead and went south to Cedarville Road. It was a beautiful shady ride, I saw owls and birds and chipmunks and a few geese. Not much traffic, but about a quarter mile north of ORangeville, there was a huge tree broken over the whole trail, with just enough room to squeeze through. Then the following few miles between Brush Creek Road and Lane Road were really choppy: lots of shallow holes in the path and not a ride I would want to do on a road bike. It was scenic and private, and I loved that, but am glad for the shock absorbers on my hybrid. This would be a splendid trail if they paved it, but that seems unlikely. Still, a gorgeous ride, just one where you have to pay acute attention to the path in order to avoid some pitfalls....

Pine River Trail

Pine River Bike Trail, 07/2020

July, 2020 by carrieclark123

I rode from Gotham to Twin Bluff yesterday and wouldn't recognize the lovely trail from the reviews posted here. It must have been overhauled In the past year or two. It was well maintained and lovely. There's even a rest stop with a portable toilet, covered area with a picnic table and trash receptacle. Great scenery!

Jane Addams Trail

Hallway of Trees

July, 2020 by bcdolson

We started in Orangeville and rode halfway to Freeport. Beautiful ride. We didn’t notice the hot weather because of the canopy of shade. The only negative is that there is no drinking water on the trail. Bring plenty of water.

Sugar River State Trail

Beautiful midwest farmland and rolling hills!

June, 2020 by tdbirch

I rode a portion of this trail last year and returned again to ride the entire distance. Trail is in better condition than some of the asphalt trails I've ridden in the past. Starting in New Glarus the trail crosses the Edelweiss Country Club so watch for golf carts at the crossing! Monticello greets riders with bathrooms and a water fountain. The 9 mile stretch between Monticello and Albany is the longest between towns. Once in Albany there is a gas station on the trail and a nice picnic bench behind it if you're taking a break. Last 7 miles into Brodhead ends the nearly 23 mile journey. Caution is needed with the rabbits, chipmunks, turtles, and occasional rodent hole on the trail. Trail surface is very hard and compact...very smooth. Maintenance was bushwhacking outside of Albany and I noticed patches of gravel where trail repairs were made. I give this trail 5 stars for what it has to offer...and it offers everything a trail rider would need. Summer late afternoons bring out the gnats and flying insects but if you keep moving it's not a real problem unless you stop so make sure you have bug spray if needed. Hope you enjoyed your ride on this trail as I have!

Badger State Trail

Great Trail

June, 2020 by evawysocki1993

This was a easy to ride trail .

Jane Addams Trail

Beer and cycling together for me. This trail is close to some excellent local breweries.Get out there and enjoy a ride and some beer.

June, 2020 by johnnyk8

Beer and cycling together for me. This trail is close to some excellent local breweries.Get out there and enjoy a ride and some beer.

Sugar River State Trail

Better trails elsewhere - needs maintenance

June, 2020 by linda bexley

Read all of the reviews and sadly the same problem has existed for several years - trail needs serious maintenance. This trail is more like a single track mountain bike trail minus the mountain. It definitely is not suitable for a recumbent tadpole. Rode from New Glarus to Monticello thinking conditions would improve -- they did not and we abandoned the ride!!

Come on Wisconsin I know you can do better - Elroy-Sparta is awesome!!
Sugar River - a disappointment!

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