Pecatonica State Trail


Pecatonica State Trail Facts

States: Wisconsin
Counties: Lafayette
Length: 10 miles
Trail end points: Cheese Country Trail nr. County Rd. G (Calamine) and I-151 nr. Libery Rd. (Belmont)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017695
Trail activites: ATV, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Snowmobiling, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

With Unlimited:

  • Export to My Trail Guide
  • Create Guidebook
  • Download GPX
  • Download Offline Maps
  • Print Friendly Map
Upgrade Now

Register for Free with TrailLink Today!

View over 30,000 miles of trail maps
Share your trail photos
Save Your Favorite Trails
Find New Trails Near You
Leave reviews for trails
Submit new trails to our site
Register Now

Pecatonica State Trail Description

The Pecatonica State Trail from Belmont to Calamine promises a journey through some early Wisconsin history. Old Belmont was Wisconsin's capital when it was still a territory, and you can visit the First Capitol Historic Site, which includes the two-story white clapboard Capitol and adjacent Supreme Court buildings, a few miles northwest of town.

This 10-mile rail-trail follows a branch of the old Milwaukee Road corridor that once hauled lead through the valley here. The trail twists and turns on its course along the sluggish waters and crooked banks of the Bonner Branch of the Pecatonica River. Bring your fishing pole and drop a line from one of the numerous bridges over the river; you might just catch some sunfish for your dinner.

In Belmont. Bond Park has a sheltered picnic area, softball diamond, playground and sand volleyball court. Moving east toward Calamine the trail passes rolling farmland and tall grasses. Oak and hickory trees shade your way along many parts of the path.

As you take in the beauty of the Pecatonica State Trail, keep your eyes open for birdlife: sand hill cranes, red-wing blackbirds, red-necked grebes, great blue herons and bobolinks. Near Calamine the trail intersects the Cheese Country Recreation Trail.

You'll need a state trail pass to use both the Cheese Country and Pecatonica trails. ATVs and snowmobiles are allowed to use this trail.

Parking and Trail Access

The western trailhead is located on East Platteville Avenue (Hwy. G) and South Park Street in Belmont. Parking is available at Bond Park. The eastern trailhead is located at the junction of the Pecatonica and the Cheese Country trails. From Calamine go west on County Hwy. G, just after passing County Road C, turn left and head south for about a half a mile to an unpaved parking lot.

Pecatonica State Trail Reviews

Sorry bikers for your displeasure, however my experience on the trails was fantastic. Both hikers and bikers were given space and respect as well as a wave. A friendly wave was returned. This was a mid week ride. No disrespect intended, however I find some arrogance on your part. If one was to go out looking for ill behavior I would say that bikers on main roads tend to reflect the most inappropriate attitude. However on the trail ride between Mineral Point and through Calamine to Belmont and back the trail users were as I hoped they would be.
Better luck to you next time.

This trail is to rough for anything short of a mountain bike. Pretty large stone used, which is fine for the ATV's but not well suited for bikes.

This trail is not paved/asphalt as described. It is the same surface as the Cheese Country trail it tee's into. Mountain bike at best. Way to rough and soft for road or even hybrid tires.
The ATV riders I encountered were very polite and gave me plenty of room.


If it weren't for the ATV's and dirt bikes tearing around, this would be a frequent stop for our family. No peace, no quiet, and arrogant "motorized recreation" people in a hurry to race to the Cheese County trail. Forget it unless you ride something that belches fumes.

Nearby Trails

Rountree Branch Trail

Wisconsin - 3 miles

The Rountree Branch Trail begins where Chestnut Street in Platteville crosses the Rountree Branch stream and continues 2.7 miles to Keystone Parkway. The ...

Cheese Country Recreation Trail

Wisconsin - 47 miles

If you’re looking for an invigorating motorized-trail experience, the Cheese Country Recreation Trail (aka the Tri-County Trail) won’t disappoint. If you’re ...

Military Ridge State Trail

Wisconsin - 38.8 miles

Note: Trail passes are required year-round for cyclists and inline skaters, ages 16 and up. You can buy them at self-registration stations on the trail ...


Heritage Trail (IA)

Iowa - 29.4 miles

Iowa's Heritage Trail runs for nearly 30 miles between the city of Dubuque and the town of Dyersville to the west. Short portions of the trail are paved ...

Galena River Trail

Illinois - 4.5 miles

The Galena River Trail is built upon an old railroad spur of the Burlington Railroad main line, constructed in 1886. The spur linked Galena to Galena Junction, ...

Pine River Trail

Wisconsin - 14.3 miles

The Pine River Trail winds on an abandoned railroad corridor between Richland Center and Lone Rock in scenic Richland County. Trail users are treated to ...

Badger State Trail

Wisconsin - 40 miles

Rail-trail fans know that Wisconsin’s Elroy-Sparta State Trail is famous for its three tunnels. The Badger State Trail, which heads south from Madison ...

Sugar River State Trail

Wisconsin - 25 miles

If you can't make it to Switzerland do the next best thing: take the Sugar River State Trail to "America's Little Switzerland"—New Glarus, Wisconsin. Settled ...

Jane Addams Trail

Illinois - 14.8 miles

Stretching north from Freeport, Illinois, to the Wisconsin state line, the Jane Addams Trail is a natural wonder. Expect to see birds and wild animals-from ...

Wolf Run Trail (WI)

Wisconsin - 2 miles

The Wolf Run Trail supports a wide variety of users on its two miles of crushed gravel, situated on the outskirts of Mazomanie in northwestern Dane County. Heading ...

Bear River Recreation Trail

Iowa - 5.6 miles

The Bear River Recreation Trail follows part of the Maquoketa River outside of Spragueville and Preston, through bucolic countryside of woodlands, farms ...

Great River Trail

Illinois - 60 miles

The Great River Trail is a breathtaking journey along 60 miles of the Mississippi River. The route is a mixture of paved rail-trail, small-town sidewalks, ...

Explore by City

Explore by City

Explore by Activity

Explore by Activity

Log in to your account to:

  • View trail paths on the map
  • Save trails to your account
  • Add trails, edit descriptions
  • Share photos
  • Add reviews

Register for free!

Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more!