Great Sauk State Trail


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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

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

Great Sauk Trail was great!

We parked at the VFW park and headed north today. The trail was beautiful. Pretty flat with mild grades. We rode south, where you could view more of the river. It was a pleasant ride! We did cross the river and the trail ran along side the Hiway, then ran out.

great Saul Trail

Gorgeous! Looking forward to the completion of the trail to be able to make trek into Devils Lake!

Best trail in eastern Wisconsin

I got an AirBnB in Dane so I could ride this trail again and it is still my favorite for road biking. It is immaculate and flat, with nary a tree root nor chipmunk hole on the path. I rode end-to-end two days in a row and it was spectacular both times. It's a good 20-mile roundtrip of lovely scenery, river views, mostly uninterrupted rural beauty. The section in town is fine though chopped up in short bursts of pathway, but also immaculate. Especially once you cross Highway 12 heading north it is virtually empty of kids and larger bike parties and street crossings. A joy to ride.

Do note: Just before Mile Marker 10, the path is closed and you have to turn around.

Great trail

Went on a Friday in the afternoon and there were few people out. This trail has some great scenery and the Sauk area has a lot of things to see and do. The trail is 100% paved and is an easy ride. You can also visit the chamber of commerce building for more trail information, a bike trail pass, and free parking.


very nice

Very nice, pretty trail. We were staying closer to Baraboo however and wanted to enter where the app says the trail ends, which definitely doesn’t exist. We had to travel significantly farther down 78 to find an entrance.

Grateful to have this recreational trail in my community. It serves as a welcomed source of exercise, bird's-eye view of wildlife & vitamin D therapy. I thank & appreciate all who's efforts to make this trail become a reality.

Grateful to have this recreational trail in my community. It serves as a welcomed source of exercise, bird's-eye view of wildlife & vitamin D therapy. I thank & appreciate all who's efforts to make this trail become a reality.

very enjoyable ride

Very nice trail. Smooth and very gentle grades.


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.

the great Sauk state trail

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

Great Sauk Trail

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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