Hillsboro State Trail


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Hillsboro State Trail Facts

States: Wisconsin
Counties: Juneau, Vernon
Length: 4.3 miles
Trail end points: Air Rail Ave. at the airport (Hillsboro) and Hahn St. at the 400 State Trail (Union Center)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017559
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Snowmobiling, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Hillsboro State Trail Description

The 4.3-mile Hillsboro State Trail will make you feel instantly at home. Easy and flat, this gravel trail will take you on a short excursion from Hillsboro to Union Center. But this trail is more of a draw for what it connects you to than for the trip itself.

In Union Center you can hook up with the 400 State Trail, which connects to the Elroy-Sparta and Omaha state trails to the north. Access this longer trail system for amenities such as campsites, trail information kiosks, picnic rest areas and restroom facilities.

In Hillsboro you have your pick of activities: Outdoor types will find hiking opportunities in Wildcat Mountain State Park, canoeing on the Kickapoo River, bird-watching at the Wildcat Mountain State Park Wildlife Reserve or trout fishing at Hillsboro Lake. Shoppers will enjoy the farmer's market (May to October), with local produce and Amish baked goods brought to market by buggies from the surrounding Amish community. History buffs will want to stop by the Field-Veteran's Memorial Park to pay tribute to local veterans. And architecture enthusiasts can explore one of the largest concentrations of round barns in the United States. Many were built and designed by Alga Shivers, an African-American settler and son of a slave who escaped to the area via the Underground Railroad.

Finally, the calendar of events in this town will hold anyone's interest. Hillsboro stakes its claim as the "Czech Capital of Wisconsin," and every June a week-long celebration marks local heritage with spirited music and dancing, handmade crafts and Czech fare, such as roast pork, sauerkraut and dumplings. The town also hosts a 2-day tractor pull around July 4 and the region's largest Labor Day celebration, complete with a parade, carnival and softball tournaments.

Whether you come to Hillsboro for a day or a week, be sure to travel its hometown rail-trail as a way to immerse yourself in the flavor of this lively community.

Parking and Trail Access

Take WI-33/WI-82 into the town of Hillsboro, where the route becomes Water Avenue. Turn left on E. Madison Street and go 2 blocks to the trailhead on your left.

Hillsboro State Trail Reviews

If you are looking for a short and flat ride that offers decent scenery, then the Hillsboro Trail may be for you.

The surface was smooth through out, although there are weeds coming through in places. It is obvious it doesn't get much traffic.

The bridges have all be recently re-boarded and were exceptionally smooth. One has the boards running length-wise and wow is that great. Almost as smooth as concrete bridges.

There is some nice scenery on the trail, especially where the river is close.

All in all a nice little trail.

I rode the trail to Hillsboro while riding the 400. It's very scenic; however, some sections of the trail were a little overgrown. Also, there was some bridge repair done this summer, and when I was on the trail, there was still a sign saying that the bridge was out. Fortunately, they must have forgotten to remove the sign, because the bridge was fine and the trail to Hillsboro was unimpeded. Once you get to Hillsboro and you feel like doing some hillclimbing, you can get on HW 33 and head to Wildcat Mountain State Park and Ontario, WI. (where you can rent a canoe to enjoy the scenic Kickapoo River). From Ontario, you can bike north to either Norwalk or Wilton and get on the Elroy-Sparta trail. Heading south on the E-S, you will eventually rejoin the 400 and return to the Hillsboro trail turn off. There are some major hills between Hillsboro and Ontario, but the road from Ontario to Wilton is easier.

This summser 06 I rode the 400 trail 5x and twice I
included the Hillsboro trail.
This trail is very scenic and
in good condition. As good
as the 400 if not better. Riding the 400 is not complete without the pleasent
ride to Hillsboro. I highly
recommend this trail. Enjoy!!


"This short trail has a nice rest area in Hillsboro. The trail, though, isn't very well maintained, although the surface is solid. "

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