Kiwanis Bike Trail


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Kiwanis Bike Trail Facts

States: Wisconsin
Counties: Rock
Length: 4 miles
Trail end points: S. River Street and Veterans Drive
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 8186186


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Kiwanis Bike Trail Description

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. The northern half of the trail is heavily wooded, while its southern half runs through the busy center of the city.

The trail ends at in Riverside Park, which dates back to 1922 and provides views and access to the river with scenic overlooks, picnic spots, a boat launch, and fishing areas. The Riverside Golf Course is also located here.

Note that a few short segments of the route, especially on the trail’s southern end and also within Riverside Park, are on-road.

At its southern end, you can easily connect to the Spring Brook Trail, which curves around the city’s east side, or head west along the Rock River Parkway Trail. All three trails are part of the Ice Age Trail, a hiking trail network that spans the state.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the Kiwanis Trailhead located adjacent to Mercy Hospital, near the intersection of N. River Road and Mineral Point Avenue.

Parking, restrooms, and water are available at the north end of the trail in Riverside Park (2200 Parkside Drive). On the other side of the river, Jeffris Park (850 Beloit Avenue) also offers parking near the southern end of the trail (via the Spring Brook Trail).

Kiwanis Bike Trail Reviews

Janesville’s Kiwanis Trail

A very nice trail. Flat with asphalt. Northern half is well shaded. A small section on the southern portion of the tail is on road. At the southern trailhead, there is a family of bald eagles nesting across the river! The northern trailhead is at Riverside Park. Lots of shaded picnic areas, a playground, frisbee golf, shuffleboard and a city golf course. The trail also goes through Janesville’s Town Square which is close to lots of shopping and restaurants. From Kiwanis Trail, there is easy access to Peace Trail and Spring Brook Trial.

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