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Alliant Powerline Trail

0.7 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Bear River Recreation Trail

5.6 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone

Bee Branch Trail

1.56 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Bergfeld Recreation Trail

1.8 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Copper Creek Trail

0.75 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone

Dubuque Jaycees Trail

1.28 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Galena River Trail

8 mi
State: IL
Crushed Stone

Heritage Trail (IA)

29.4 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Jane Addams Trail

18.9 mi
State: IL
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Mississippi Riverwalk Trail

0.95 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Rountree Branch Trail

3 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Concrete

Southern Levy Trail

0.7 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Wolf Run Trail (WI)

2 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Badger State Trail

39.8 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Cheese Country Recreation Trail

46.4 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Great River Trail

63.3 mi
State: IL
Asphalt

Military Ridge State Trail

40 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Pecatonica State Trail

10 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Pine River Trail

14.3 mi
State: WI
Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Pony Hollow Trail

3.6 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
Accordion

Sugar River State Trail

22.7 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Paint Creek Trail (IA)

2.5 mi
State: IA
Dirt

Bellevue Rivervue Trail

2.3 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Forest Hills Trail

1.5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Northwest Arterial Trail

4.8 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Sanders Creek Trail

1.1 mi
State: WI
Concrete

Trolley Line Trail (IA)

0.57 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Wisconsin River Trail

0.4 mi
State: WI
Concrete
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
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 system forms an important connection between the almost thirty-mile Heritage Trail (IA), the crown jewel of the area's trails, and the Mississippi River and Chaplain Schmitt...
IA 1.56 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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
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 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 8 mi Crushed Stone
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
Overview The Jane Addams Trail runs for 18.9 miles between Orangeville and Freeport, following a rail line that the Illinois Central built in 1887 between Freeport, Illinois, and Madison,...
IL 18.9 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
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
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
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
Closure Notice: The Stewart Tunnel has been closed since 2019 and remains closed for the foreseeable future. A detour using Tunnel Road allows trail users to go around the tunnel. Visit the trail page...
WI 39.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Overview    Most suited for ATVers, snowmobilers and motorized trail-bikers, the Cheese Country Recreation Trail, also knowns as the Tri-County Trail, spans 47-miles through Wisconsin’s rugged...
WI 46.4 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Overview 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...
IL 63.3 mi Asphalt
NOTE: A State Trail Pass ($25 annually/$5 daily) is required for bicyclists and in-line skaters ages 16 and older. Snowmobilers must display either a Wisconsin registration or a snowmobile State Trail...
WI 40 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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 Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
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
Accordion
Overview 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...
WI 22.7 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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
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
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
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
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
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

Recent Trail Reviews

Military Ridge State Trail

Beware of ruts and loose sand!

July, 2024 by bcurley_tl

While this is mainly a beautiful trail, the section from Dodgeville to Mt Horeb has some technically challenging spots. Many major ruts and lots of loose sand that may grab your rear wheels. The stretch from Mt Horeb to Msn is Way better.

Military Ridge State Trail

Beware of ruts and loose sand!

July, 2024 by bcurley_tl

While this is mainly a beautiful trail, the section from Dodgeville to Mt Horeb has some technically challenging spots. Many major ruts and lots of loose sand that may grab your rear wheels. The stretch from Mt Horeb to Msn is Way better.

Mississippi Riverwalk Trail

very good

July, 2024 by sdd2fbcdqx

Not super busy and runs along side hotel. It has a very good view of the Mississippi River and it’s not very long

Accordion

Badger State Trail

Stewart Tunnnel abandoned

July, 2024 by pressman3887

As of 7/7/24 no work done on tunnel. There isnt even a trail left, leading up to the tunnel. The tunnel project is a complete sham. Where is the 6 million dollars? Where did the insurance money go, for the bridge, north of Monroe? Time for someone to be held accountable.

Cheese Country Recreation Trail

Mismanaged

July, 2024 by pressman3887

Replace a bridge, with breaker rock up a 20 foot embankment. Where did the insurance money go? Close the tunnel, let land owners destroy the trail south of Monroe (driveways and drainage tubes). Please, who ever is in charge, QUIT.

Heritage Trail (IA)

Beautiful scenery and easy riding

June, 2024 by jessedirk

I have only made it from Sageville to Graf but it is a nice wide crushed stone path with gorgeous scenery from cool rock formations, rolling hills, and streams. Very smooth riding compared to other paths I’ve been on. I will definitely be returning hopefully to finish the trail west.

Cheese Country Recreation Trail

Not too bad to ride on with bike

June, 2024 by jessedirk

I live in Darlington and this trail is near my house so it’s nice for me to go during week and just bike to path. I rarely see any ATVs ironically, but I try to go on days/hours they may not be there. ATV riders though are respectful and I slow down or stop if big group goes by. This trail is doable with a mountain bike. I gave it 4 stars since the trail is getting pretty rutty probably due to all the rain we are having, mixed with the motorized vehicles on it.

Heritage Trail (IA)

Heritage Trail - Day 2

June, 2024 by kevin.gruneisen

June 21, 2024
Our second day on the Heritage was even better than the first; more wildlife. It was partly sunny, still hot, and we had a 5 MPH wind from the west, gusting to around 10mph. For this ride we parked at the Epworth parking lot and headed west to Farley. There was quite a bit of elevation on this 4 mile trip (344 feet), which was a total of 5 miles as we went into Farley for lunch. After, we headed east on the trail and went to the Graf parking area. The trail was the same as the day before, perfect. The total elevation on the after lunch ride was only 141 feet. When we got back to Epworth, we were disappointed to see someone hit one of our riders car that was parked there; no note, no nothing, I would have left a note to let the driver know if I hit their car. SMH. It was a bit of a downer to an otherwise great day. Kevin

Heritage Trail (IA)

Heritage Trail is a winner

June, 2024 by kevin.gruneisen

June 20 and 21, 2024
We explored the Heritage trail over two days in June. It was hot, partly sunny with a light breeze out of the west at 9 mph gusting to 15 mph. Day 1 we rode from Dyersville to Farley and return to Dyersville. It was day three in the saddle, so we took it easy and did the 12 miles in just over an hour. There was some elevation, around 250 feet going east. The trail started as asphalt but quickly turned to crushed rock/limestone. It was no issue for the group (one rider had a road back and all was good). This was perfect rails to trails. Covered ride, well maintained path and nature all around us. Was this heaven, no, it was Iowa. I highly recommend the Heritage. One PSA - the trail is not free. There is a pass required and there are several options. We took an annual pass and did not mind the donation. Enjoy the ride and I hope this helps. Kevin

Great River Trail

Great River Disappoints

June, 2024 by kevin.gruneisen

June 19, 2024 (11:30AM)
Rode the Great River Trail as day two of our Mississippi trip. I was not happy with the trip at all. Let me tell you why. The trail is 60+ miles long and stretches from Savanna, IL to the Rock Island, IL area. Having read the reviews we drove up Hwy 84 to just south of Savanna. We could see the trail along the way, asphalt but a lot of cracks/bumps, dips and yikes areas. We saw maybe 2 bikers. Our starting point ended up at Spring Lake, just south of Savanna. It was a good spot and there is a 4 mile trail around this lake, which we did not do, but wished we had. Going south, our plan was to get to Thomson and grab a lunch. The weather was hot with just enough wind, out of the south, to be annoying. At first the trail was a perfect rails to trails; asphalt path, a little cluttered but ok. We rounded a turn at a nice visitors center and then the niceness ended; as did the trail. We ended up on a country road; Riverview Road; which is a road but there were limited glimpses of the river. Traffic was light therefore we had no trouble with cars/trucks. We kept waiting for the trail to pick back up but it never did. This was our main disappointment. The saving grace was Dusty's, in Thomson, IL. The friendly staff took good care of us, cooling us down and getting us some lunch. We flipped back north, past the federal penitentiary, on the country road, this time with the wind at our backs. All in all we did 16 miles with 157 feet of elevation. This was a one time trail for us. I look back at the trail map and it does show Riverview Road, however I wanted to make sure, with this review, that other riders understood that they would be on a country road.
Kevin

Sugar River State Trail

From Albany To Decatur

May, 2024 by goodsettwein

This section of trail was really pretty and easy to ride. My husband and I had lots fun exploring this trail! We also enjoyed crossing the covered bridge in Decatur.

Galena River Trail

Great trail!

March, 2024 by christyfry14

We rode this trail yesterday. We started at the Galena Recreation Park and rode the trail and then continued on the road to the foot of Chestnut Ski Hill. (Round trip 20 miles) It’s a very scenic ride along the river with the bluffs. I’m sure it will be even more beautiful in the summer when everything is green. Can’t wait to go back!

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