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400 State Trail

22.3 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Bannerman Trail

7 mi
State: WI
Dirt, Grass, Sand

Eau Claire River Trail

1.25 mi
State: WI
Gravel

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

Hoover Road Trail

4.5 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Mountain-Bay State Trail

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

Omaha Trail

12.5 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Gravel

Schrader Connection

1.7 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

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....
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...
WI 7 mi Dirt, Grass, Sand
Residents of Weston don't have to travel far to access beautiful trails. The village is home to the Mountain-Bay State Trail, which offers 83 miles of walking and biking across Wisconsin. For those...
WI 1.25 mi Gravel
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...
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...
WI 27 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel, Sand, Woodchips
The Hoover Road Trail is a 4-mile spur connecting the Green Circle Trail in Stevens Point to the Tomorrow River State Trail in the Village of Plover. The asphalt trail parallels Hoover Road passing...
WI 4.5 mi Asphalt
The 83-mile Mountain-Bay State Trail, one of the longest trails in the state, travels a mostly scenic, wooded route through three counties—Marathon, Shawano, and Brown—as it makes its way from Weston...
WI 83.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, 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
Opened in 2019, the Schrader Connection transformed a 1.7-mile stretch of a former Canadian National railroad line into a crushed-stone path that provides a shorter, pleasant route between two...
WI 1.7 mi Crushed Stone
espite its futuristic name, the Tomorrow River State Trail takes users on a tour of a historic rail-trail through beautiful Portage and Waupaca Counties. Trail users will find a good start at the...
WI 29.2 mi Crushed Stone
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...
WI 41 mi Crushed Stone

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Elroy-Sparta State Trail

History at its best tunnels and all!

July, 2021 by j.mac_tl

Been coming here since 1974. It’s nice to see that the trail is still open and being somewhat well taken care of! The best campground to stay at is Tunnel trail campground! So if your staying please contact Julie and Scott for continuing the legacy of their father and mothers hard work and dedication to making the campground and the trail experience so amazing! John Mc

Omaha Trail

Pretty, but a rough ride

July, 2021 by tedgrossardt

We rode this trail today south from Hustler into Elroy, so missed the Camp Douglas to Hustler portion. It is generally tree-lined, and the adjoining landscape transitions from dairy farming to wooded limestone bluffs to tunnel and then back to woods and then dairy as you approach Elroy. There are a multitude of wild flowers to enjoy this time of year, including multiple stands of the Michigan Lilly, rather rare to see along a trail.
The tunnel is the bomb. We caught it on a coolish morning so mist floated eerily into and around the tunnel. It's the length of a football field and pretty fun. Bring a flashlight or have a strong headlight so you can admire the barrel-vaulted ceiling.
The trail itself leaves a lot to be desired. It's old chip seal that has deteriorated into a bumpy-lumpy surface that is much rougher than a conventional packed gravel such as the Katy Trail in Missouri. We kept our speed down to about 8 mph, but by the time we returned, we were pretty beaten up. It is in fact the roughest rail-trail we've ridden on yet.
Elroy has nice bike facilities, with a sort of 'bike park' that includes restrooms, picnic facilities, bike racks, and a retail bike shop, which is a nice change. However, there was almost no food on this day. We resorted to the single open bar in town for the usual beer and burger.
My advice: If you're not prepared for a bumpy ride, then just ride the trail from Hustler (or Elroy) the few miles down to the tunnel, enjoy the tunnel, and then return and spend the rest of the day on another trail.

Omaha Trail

Under publicised Gem

July, 2021 by mbollom

The Omaha Spur also connects in Elroy to the Elroy-Sparta and The 400 Trail. It is not as widely promoted as it is run by the country government (not the DNR), but it has its own tunnel and it is largely paved so the ride is faster. Nice rest area just to the east of the tunnel with toilets and. water pump.

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Elroy-Sparta State Trail

Simply fantastic riding.

July, 2021 by mbollom

The Elroy Sparta trail is a great experience. Some comments:
1. The first half from Sparta to Winton is the most popular part and is in the best shape.
2. While it is only at a 3% grade, the first 8 miles to Tunnel 3 is consistently up hill. Coming down is more fun!
3. The last section from Kendall to Elroy is closed because is bridge is out.
Suggestion for the intrepid, take County highway W instead. It is fabulously beautiful, but the hills almost killed me!
4. It took me five hours to ride the 34 miles. I’m not a particularly slow rider, but you have to keep in mind that there are three climbs (up to the tunnels), you must walk through these tunnels and one is ¾ mile long, and riding on crushed limestone is slow
5. I only saw the water and toilets at the middle stop, so don't skip them.
6. The 400 Trail connections at Elroy, as does the Hillsboro Spur (5 miles).
7. The Omaha Spur also connects in Elroy. It is not widely promoted as it is run by the country government (not the DNR), but it has its own tunnel and it is largely paved so the ride is faster.

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

Dont Miss the Tunnel

July, 2021 by deborahdebmartin

We road 30 miles on the trail, it was nicely packed down crushed rock. We were amazed at the temperature change between outside the tunnel and inside! The tunnel is such a neat experience! It’s cool in temp, dark and wet with water dripping from the top of the ceiling! Note- bikes must be walked through the tunnel, its about .75 mile, have light on your bike or a flashlight, maybe a towel to wipe off your bike and enjoy!

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

very cool trail!

July, 2021 by johunt4966

Starting in Sparta and heading towards Wilton there is a steady 3% grade - which made for a fun return journey. The trail was in good conditions with just a couple of watch outs. The two tunnels we went through were very cool - the longest one was really quite wet so be prepared and bring lights. Great places to stop and snack in both Norwalk and Wilton. Quite some shade along the trail - so good for hot sunny days!

Wiouwash State Trail

Took my first ride on this trail from Birnamwood to Eland where it crosses the Mountain Bay trail. Great ride and despite recent heavy rains it was dry and firm. Will take this trail further as time permits.

July, 2021 by renoron

Took my first ride on this trail from Birnamwood to Eland where it crosses the Mountain Bay trail. Great ride and despite recent heavy rains it was dry and firm. Will take this trail further as time permits.

400 State Trail

lovely day on 400 trail

July, 2021 by mcarmack12

I rode the 400 trail from Reedsburg to Elroy as the last 20 miles of my ride from Madison this morning. I am midway through a cross country ride from Maine to Washington. Very grateful for rail trails like this one! Nice to have frequent public bathrooms, hard packed gravel, and shade. Some of the bridges are quite bumpy. Beautifully maintained town campsite in Elroy!

Mountain-Bay State Trail

Disappointing

July, 2021 by sderoz07

Used just two days ago and found very disappointing. I started at the trailhead on Lakeview Drive in Howard. Great ride on crushed limestone until I was 3.5 miles in. The limestone disappeared and I was biking on a swampy, thick, muddy “trail.” About .5 miles later I was back on crushed limestone, but it wasn’t long before I found myself in mud, again. I recall having this problem last summer, but not nearly as bad. Poorly maintained. Hope they add more limestone soon.

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

Trail closure in Wilton

June, 2021 by mr.al.mesa

We started out from the parking lot of the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce parking lot in Sparta. We went to Wilton, about 18.5 miles in, then turned around. Not sure why the trail was closed. We got our 37mile ride in. Trail was in great shape, very dry and we went on 6/27/21 around 11AM. Great trail! Get out there!

Omaha Trail

Omaha Trail

June, 2021 by llrogers01

Love this trail! We encountered rain in both directions, but the tree canopy, tunnel and rock formations made all the more beautiful. It was like being in a fairy garden.

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

just Okay

June, 2021 by liongolf

Trail from Elroy to Kendall had bridges out and multiple closed sections. The trail from Sparta south was much better but Bridge 3 is long and wet- must walk it and need lights with you. Jim

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