Pecatonica State Trail

Wisconsin

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

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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.

Accordion

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.

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