Great Sauk State Trail

Wisconsin

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Great Sauk State Trail Facts

States: Wisconsin
Counties: Sauk
Length: 11.75 miles
Trail end points: Water St., just north of River Road (Sauk City) and Halweg Road (Merrimac)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 9745351
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Great Sauk State Trail Description

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 rail-trail begins on the banks of the Wisconsin River and travels north through the Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area to the doorstep of Devil's Lake State Park.

Note that bicyclists and inline skaters age 16 or older will need a Wisconsin state trail pass.

Parking and Trail Access

In Sauk City, parking for the trail is available at the Sauk Prairie Chamber of Commerce (109 Phillips Blvd.). In Prairie du Sac, parking is available in Veterans Memorial Park (700 VFW Dr.). On street parking is also available in both Sauk City and Prairie du Sac.

Great Sauk State Trail Reviews

Paved and scenic trail

Just rode the trail and enjoyed the tree cover on the south part of trail on a hot and humid day. The trail is smooth with some gently rolling hills and some good views of the Wisconsin river. A gate stops the trail about 3 miles before Halweg Road so I had to improvise to find a different road to Hwy 78 or Hwy 113.

Rode the trail from end to end May 2019. Starting in Sauk City, a few streets to navigate for the first three miles or so. From that point on, its wide open riding on smooth asphalt. Gently rolling, it cuts through the old Badger Ammo property (restored prairie) with only a couple buildings remaining. The trail ends unceremoniously with a gate. But, feel free to head off the path and ride some of the roads the trail crosses on the Badger property and you can easily add a few miles, while increasing your chances to view wildlife. If you need food or water for the ride, be advised there arent any services outside of Prairie du Sac, so bring what you need.

Nice wide, smooth trail! One of my favorite in the area.

Accordion

I rode this trail this May. It is a smooth asphalt paved trail from beginning to end. There are some slight grades but they are easy.

This trail has 15 road crossings in its 5 miles. Most of those being in Sauk City. There is one particular road crossing that really concerns me. And that is crossing U.S. 12 in Sauk City. There are two lanes going in each direction, with a turn lane in the middle. This is a very busy highway. Push button pedestrian warning lights are placed there, but the traffic will not stop unless you are actually out in the crosswalk. And to me that is a danger to someone with small children. Regular stop and go lights should have been placed there. Maybe it's just because the trail is so new that drivers aren't used to having to stop for people. I actually crossed this road 3 times to see if the first time or two was an aberration, but it didn't seem to be so.

There is only one restroom easy to get to, other than Culver's near the trail. That is Fuch's park near the south end. And it looks like that restroom is seasonal. If you difficulty climbed a short steep hill then don't park at Veteran's Park, use city streets.

However out in the country and especially near the Wisconsin river this is a beautiful trail. I can't wait for it to extend north to Devils Lake state park.

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