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Badger State Trail

40 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Beerline Trail

3.7 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Blackhawk Path

2.3 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Brooke Street Trail

2 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Brown Deer Recreational Trail

1 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Bugline Trail

15.6 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Cannonball Path

3.9 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Capital City State Trail

17 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Deming Way Trail

0.6 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Downtown Trail (WI)

1 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Duck Lake Nature Area Trail

2 mi
State: WI
Dirt

Eisenbahn State Trail

25 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Fox River Trail (Waukesha)

6 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Glacial Drumlin State Trail

52 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Glacial River Trail

55.8 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Great Sauk State Trail

11.75 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Hank Aaron State Trail

15.2 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Accordion

Harbor View Trail

1.1 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Hidden Oaks Trail

0.9 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Concrete

Kinnickinnic River Trail

2.3 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Kiwanis Bike Trail

4 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Lake Country Recreation Trail

15.2 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Lake Geneva Bike Path

8.9 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Lake to Lake Bike Trail (WI)

6.5 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Levee Trail (Portage)

2.8 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Lower Yahara River Trail

2.5 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Mascoutin Valley State Trail

21 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel

Meadowbrook Trail

2.4 mi
State: WI
Concrete

Military Ridge State Trail

40 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Milwaukee RiverWalk

3.1 mi
State: WI
Concrete

Muskego Recreation Trail

6.7 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone, Dirt

New Berlin Recreation Trail

7 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

North Fork Trail (WI)

2 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Concrete

Northwestern Trail

2.8 mi
State: WI
Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Oak Leaf Trail

125 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Ozaukee Interurban Trail

30.1 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Peace Trail

6.4 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Peebles Trail

5.6 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Pelishek-Tiffany Nature Trail

6 mi
State: WI
Dirt, Grass

Pheasant Branch Conservancy Trail

4.2 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Prairie Trail (WI)

6.7 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Rock River Parkway Trail

2.4 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Concrete

Seven Waters Bike Trail

17.6 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

South Connector Trail

3.8 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

South Fork Trail (WI)

1.7 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Concrete

Southwest Commuter Path

5.6 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Spring Brook Trail

5.1 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Starkweather Creek Path

3.1 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Sugar River State Trail

22.7 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

US Highway 12 Path

10.9 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Upper Yahara River Trail

2.9 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Boardwalk

West Allis Cross Town Connector

0.9 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

White River State Trail

19 mi
State: WI
Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Wild Goose State Trail

34.4 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Wingra Creek Path

1.9 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Yahara River Bike Path

0.9 mi
State: WI
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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 Beerline Trail, so named because the corridor was once used by freight trains transporting the ingredients for beer to some of Milwaukee’s famous breweries, has contributed to the revitalization...
WI 3.7 mi Asphalt
Blackhawk Path offers a convenient way to traverse Shorewood Hills, a western suburb of Madison nestled along Lake Mendota. Increasing its value as a commuting corridor are plans to extend the trail...
WI 2.3 mi Asphalt
Fond du Lac's Brooke Street Trail follows a former rail corridor from the community's southern reaches to an endpoint not far from scenic Lake Winnebago. The city's location relative to the lake,...
WI 2 mi Asphalt
The Brown Deer Recreational Trail runs through the Village of Brown Deer, a suburb of Milwaukee. The tree-line route parallels an active rail line through commercial and residential areas. Mid-way,...
WI 1 mi Asphalt
Broad blue skies strung with white cloud wisps; gem-green fields harboring cattails and butterflies; canopied glens giving way to cavernous quarries. It's all part of the ride on the Bugline...
WI 15.6 mi Asphalt
Madison’s Campus Drive Pedestrian and Bicycle Path is a short trail linking the city’s west side with the University of Wisconsin’s agricultural facilities. Both the heart of the university and the...
WI 0.8 mi Asphalt
The Cannonball Path runs on a railbanked Union Pacific corridor from near downtown Madison to Fitchburg, a southern suburb. A majority of the paved trail is complete between Madison's...
WI 3.9 mi Asphalt
The Capital City State Trail contributes to the impression that you’re never far from a bike path in the Madison area. The paved trail meanders for 17 miles from the suburb of Fitchburg in the...
WI 17 mi Asphalt
The City of Franklin Hike and Bike Trail follows a corridor originally used by the Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light, an interurban railroad in southeastern Wisconsin. The corridor was later acquired...
WI 1.5 mi Asphalt
The Cushing Park Road Recreational Trail begins on the western outskirts of Delafield, a small community about 30 miles west of Milwaukee. From Delafield's Main Street, the trail heads south,...
WI 3 mi Asphalt
The Deming Way Trail is a recreational path along Pheasant Branch in Middleton, Wisconsin. The two-lane trail accommodates walkers, joggers, dog-walkers and cyclists. Though short, the trail connects...
WI 0.6 mi Asphalt
The Downtown Trail—also known as the River Trail and Riverwalk Trail—runs alongside the Fond du Lac River for nearly 2 miles in the heart of Fond du Lac. The vast majority of the trail is smooth...
WI 1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Duck Lake Nature Area Trail follows the southern side of Lake Como between Lake Geneva and Como, Wisconsin, not far from the Illinois state line. The trail is more rustic than most rail-trails and...
WI 2 mi Dirt
The Eisenbahn State Trail gives a nod to Wisconsin’s German heritage in its name—Eisenbahn is German for “railway.” The strict translation, “iron road,” refers to the iron rails originally used as...
WI 25 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Fox River Trail runs diagonally along its namesake waterway through Waukesha in southeastern Wisconsin (just outside of Milwaukee). A trailhead at the E.B. Shurts Environmental Education Center in...
WI 6 mi Asphalt
The 52-mile Glacial Drumlin State Trail between Cottage Grove and Waukesha provides a glimpse into the past when glaciers bore down on southeastern Wisconsin in the last Ice Age. Those gigantic sheets...
WI 52 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Glacial River Trail provides bikers, pedestrians, and in-line skaters with a 55.8-mile off-road/on-road rural route winding through farmland, prairie, wetlands, and woodlands as it passes through...
WI 55.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Great Sauk State Trail spans nearly a dozen miles connecting the communities of Sauk City, Prairie du Sac, and Merrimac. Built along the former Union Pacific Railroad, the smoothly paved...
WI 11.75 mi Asphalt
In 1957, baseball legend Hank “The Hammer” Aaron led the Milwaukee Braves to the first of two consecutive World Series appearances and a championship over the usually dominant New York Yankees. In...
WI 15.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Accordion
The Harbor View Trail occupies a former rail bed—now shared with overhead electric transmission wires—on the southern edge of Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac. The trail parallels Harbor View Drive for...
WI 1.1 mi Asphalt
The Hidden Oaks Trail is a piece of Middleton's expanding shared use path system. It peels off from the North Fork Trail and heads east, passing the Capitol Ice Arena, into the Hinrich's Family Farm...
WI 0.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Kinnickinnic River Trail (called the KK River Trail by locals) runs just over 2 miles in southern Milwaukee, following the river through a densely populated and industrial corridor. The trail links...
WI 2.3 mi Asphalt
The Kiwanis Bike Trail, named for the Kiwanis Club that spearheaded the effort to build the trail, parallels the western bank of the Rock River through the southern Wisconsin community of Janesville....
WI 4 mi Asphalt
The Lake Country Recreation Trail runs from the western edge of Waukesha to Oconomowoc in Wisconsin’s Lake Country area. Most of the trail was built on a former Milwaukee-Watertown Interurban Railway...
WI 15.2 mi Asphalt
The Lake Geneva Bike Path runs through the scenic resort city, offering connections to many of the community’s amenities. The trail has five unique, color-coded segments. The Blue Route is the...
WI 8.9 mi Asphalt
The Lake to Lake Bike Trail takes you through the beautiful terrain of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. It is a newer, well-maintained trail, with a wide, crushed limestone roadbed. It is used daily...
WI 6.5 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
As is apparent from the name, the trail sits atop a beside along the Wisconsin River. The trail is asphalt and easy to use for people of all ages and abilities. The trail begins in Edgewater Street in...
WI 2.8 mi Asphalt
Dane County's Lower Yahara River Trail offers an incredibly scenic experience in the Madison area. On its western end, the 2.5-mile paved pathway connects to the Capital City State Trail near the...
WI 2.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Mascoutin Valley State Trail is divided into two segments along a former corridor of the Chicago and North Western Railway. The eastern section runs 10 miles between Fond du Lac and Rosendale. The...
WI 21 mi Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel
Meadowbrook Trail parallels Meadowbrook Road offering a useful and convenient off-road route through northwest Waukesha. It begins at a connection to Lake Country Recreation Trail, a 15-mile east-west...
WI 2.4 mi Concrete
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
The Milwaukee RiverWalk provides a pleasant way to get around Milwaukee from the Historic Third Ward, through downtown, and north to the Lower East Side. It also has easy connections to three other...
WI 3.1 mi Concrete
The Muskego Recreation Trail follows a corridor originally used by the Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light, an interurban railroad in southeastern Wisconsin. The corridor was later acquired by...
WI 6.7 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The paved New Berlin Recreation Trail runs straight as an east–west compass bearing for 7 miles through the western Milwaukee suburbs, from New Berlin to Waukesha. While it is void of trestles,...
WI 7 mi Asphalt
The North Fork Trail begins beside US-12, intersecting with Middleton's other multiuse trails: specifically the US Highway 12 Path; Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Trail; and the Deming Way Trail. The...
WI 2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Northwestern Trail begins near the public library in downtown Ripon, a charming small town in eastern Wisconsin. History buffs may want to head a few blocks south from this endpoint to explore the...
WI 2.8 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Oak Leaf Trail is the jewel in the crown of Milwaukee County’s extensive trail system. The trail meanders for more than 125 miles in and around the city of Milwaukee on a changing terrain of flat...
WI 125 mi Asphalt
If you’re going to visit the historical communities that lie just west of Lake Michigan, why not use the former route of the venerable interurban railroad? The Ozaukee Interurban Trail stretches the...
WI 30.1 mi Asphalt
Stretching from Afton to Janesville, the northern section of the Peace Trail offers a paved, tree-shaded route paralleling the Rock River and an active rail line. At its northern end, the trail merges...
WI 6.4 mi Asphalt
The Peebles Trail is a nearly 6-mile pathway, linking Fond du Lac at the southern edge of Lake Winnebago with St. Peter (Taycheedah) to its east. The trail also passes through the unincorporated...
WI 5.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Pelishek-Tiffany Nature Trail runs for 6 miles along an abandoned railroad corridor, between the towns of Allens Grove and Clinton. The trail is open to snowmobiles, cyclists, horseback riders and...
WI 6 mi Dirt, Grass
The Pheasant Branch Conservancy Trail forms a loop within the scenic Pheasant Branch Conservancy, a natural area containing a marsh, meadows, forest and hills. The area is home to a vast array of...
WI 4.2 mi Crushed Stone
The Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Trail follows a lush wooded creek through Middleton, a northwestern suburb of Wisconsin’s state capital. Its east end is anchored by the beautiful Pheasant Branch...
WI 1.4 mi Asphalt
The Prairie Trail offers a paved route of nearly 7 miles along the eastern boundary of Fond du Lac, a mid-sized city befitting its French name which means “foot of the lake” as it hugs the southern...
WI 6.7 mi Asphalt
The Rock River Parkway Trail in Janesville runs between Rockport Park and S. Jackson Street bridge on the north side of the river. Here, at the trail's eastern terminus, you can easily link to Spring...
WI 2.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Seven Waters Bike Trail is a scenic corridor stretching more than 17 miles north–south between Burlington and Muskego Lake into Waukesha County. The trail was originally three trails, locally...
WI 17.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
This path runs along the north side of Highway 11 and south of the city of Janesville. The eastern end starts about 3/4 of a mile west of I-39 and runs all the way to S County Road D, crossing over...
WI 3.8 mi Asphalt
The South Fork Trail is a multipurpose recreation path in the City of Middleton, a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin. It winds east to west, from beneath US-12/14 to the Pleasant View Golf Course. The...
WI 1.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
All it takes is a short ride on Madison’s 5.6-mile South  west Commuter Path to understand the critical role it plays in getting people around town. Not only does it pass within a mile of the State...
WI 5.6 mi Asphalt
Janesville's Spring Brook Trail provides an important non-motorized route to many of the city's popular recreational amenities. The pathway begins just off the eastern terminus of the Rock River...
WI 5.1 mi Asphalt
The Starkweather Creek Path traces the waterway north from the Capital City State Trail through Madison’s eastern neighborhoods of Starkweather, Worthington Park, Eken Park and Carpenter-Ridgeway. The...
WI 3.1 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
The US Highway 12 Path offers a convenient, non-motorized alternative to traveling on the highway. The paved pathway begins in Middleton and heads northwest paralleling the roadway, separated from...
WI 10.9 mi Asphalt
In south-central Wisconsin, the Upper Yahara River Trail connects the communities of DeForest and Windsor along a beautiful wooded waterway. Buffered by neighborhoods, the trail offers residents an...
WI 2.9 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Although short, the West Allis Cross Town Connector represents an important start to a future link between three trails in Milwaukee County. Currently, the trail begins at a junction with the New...
WI 0.9 mi Asphalt
The White River State Trail is composed of two separate segments: a 12-mile stretch that runs between Elkhorn and just west of Burlington in Walworth County, and a 7-mile section that connects the...
WI 19 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Wild Goose State Trail is a premier rail-trail, spanning approximately 35 miles in Dodge and Fond du Lac counties. If you are looking for a peaceful and beautiful place to visit, this trail has it...
WI 34.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
The Wingra Creek Path—also known as the Wingra Bike Path—runs along the winding waterway in Madison. The trail provides a critical link from the neighborhoods south of downtown Madison to the Capital...
WI 1.9 mi Asphalt
The Yahara River Bike Path, on the northeastern side of Madison, is anchored by Tenney Park on one end and the 17-mile Capital City Trail on the other. From one recreational amenity to the other, the...
WI 0.9 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Meadowbrook Trail

great loop

September, 2020 by jdwizski

Used the trail to connect the Glacial drumlin to the Lake country. Makes for a nice loop.

Seven Waters Bike Trail

Not labeled properly

September, 2020 by alloy_smile

Nowhere is this trail marked as "Seven Waters" It's marked as Racine County Bike Trail. So I was a little confused. I had a hard time finding it. I parked at Bushnell Park and eventually found the trailhead by driving down to the dead end where you can park. You then proceed thru an electrical plant on your ride and the gravel is treacherous. You proceed to go out alongside Hwy 36 in the open and eventually have to CROSS HWY 36! I would recommend parking in the lot off of Hwy 36 where Saller Woods is and start there. The terrain thru Saller woods is pretty awful. It's made for a mountain bike. A lot of the gravel thru this trail is not good. By hwy 164 there's some deep sandy gravel, it almost took me out. The asphalt parts are BEAUTIFUL. It reminds me of the Bugline and the scenery over the bridges is amazing. If this trail was all asphalt it would be great. I turned around in Wind Lake because I didn't want to ride the road and had never ridden this trail before. I drove back to it to see where it would lead to and you would have to cross hwy 36 again and ride roads with no shoulder for quite awhile until it picks up at Amans beer and wine on Loomis.

Ozaukee Interurban Trail

Enjoy the Ride!

September, 2020 by lbbike

I rode this trail in its entirety today logging 61.2 miles. The only reason that I rated this trail as 4 instead of 5 stars are the segments on roads instead of the trail. I did try to carefully navigate and watch for the signs, but still got lost a few times. Aside from that, there were some really enjoyable scenic portions to the trail as you head further north. The bridge near Grafton (cover photo for this trail) was particularly awesome. I also enjoyed the lakefront park in Port Washington. Plenty of places to stop and eat if you so choose. The portion of the trail furthest north has the least amount of intersections, so it's great if you want to ride with minimal interruptions. All in all I enjoyed my ride, and would do it again!

Accordion

Badger State Trail

We enjoyed writing on this trail as a family. The tunnels are closed, because there were rocks falling from the ceiling (We ran into one of the employees who monitors the trails).

September, 2020 by sissijojo

We enjoyed writing on this trail as a family. The tunnels are closed, because there were rocks falling from the ceiling (We ran into one of the employees who monitors the trails).

Milwaukee RiverWalk

Milwaukee RiverWalk

September, 2020 by dpoquette

This is a trail that is best walked, not biked. In places, it would be very difficult to get your bike up and down some of the steps that exists. It's a very good trail for walking and relaxing. The trail as restaurants, boat rides, condos, hotels & fine arts center along the route.

Badger State Trail

DISAPPOINTED

September, 2020 by jkrause1125

Rode from Monroe to Monticello, and then to the Stewart Tunnel. Was told the tunnel was closed, but not monitored, so we could still ride thru. Not the case, tunnel entrance was gated and locked - disappointing. The trail itself had some pretty scenery but is not well maintained or mowed.

Badger State Trail

The Stewart Tunnel is closed off because it is structurally unsafe. It is also posted on The Friends Of The Suagar and Badger State Trails Website.

September, 2020 by jacoblawrencegrabow

The Stewart Tunnel is closed off because it is structurally unsafe. It is also posted on The Friends Of The Suagar and Badger State Trails Website.

Badger State Trail

https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/badger For more current information see link to the WDNR website and Stewart Tunnel will likely not be open for the remainder of 2020.

September, 2020 by jacoblawrencegrabow

https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/badger For more current information see link to the WDNR website and Stewart Tunnel will likely not be open for the remainder of 2020.

Sugar River State Trail

Stewart Tunnel is currently Structurally unsafe with falling debr1

September, 2020 by jacoblawrencegrabow

Stewart Tunnel is currently Structurally unsafe with falling debr1

Bugline Trail

Bugline Trail-Enjoyed my ride

September, 2020 by lbbike

Today was my first ride on the Bugline. It is completely paved and well maintained. Parts of the trail are "rail-trail" and some are not. I lost my way several times as sidewalks are part of the trail through a couple of the towns. There are some longer sections through wooded areas, which are beautiful. I also drove by a quarry with a really blue lake, which was unexpected. As opposed to the relatively gradual grade of Rail-Trails, this one has some hills in it; one was relatively steep, but small.

I began my ride in Menomonee Falls, and the trail end is just east of North Lake. There is really nothing at the end of the trail but a driveway into a logging outfit.

Overall, I really did enjoy my ride, and would do it again!

Ozaukee Interurban Trail

Great trail

September, 2020 by jlmueller

This trail is beautiful, well marked and maintained. Rode our bikes from Harrington Beach state park to Port Washington 11.6 miles each way. From Harrington Beach traveled on cedar beach road 3.3 miles to catch trail.

Badger State Trail

Go for the tunnel

September, 2020 by marxdm

Met some nice people on my trek here. The tunnel was closed but we were still able to go thru. Not sure why it is closed. Scenic trail with dirt gravel terrain. Goes thru a couple towns and can connect to other trails.

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