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Find Your Wisconsin Trail
Last Updated: 12/18/2013
Whether you’re toughing out the terrain on your mountain bike or hiking through the hills on foot, you know you’re on the right path when you’re on one of Wisconsin’s top-notch trails. And it only gets better in the fall, when Mother Nature shows her true colors and creates the perfect backdrop for any outdoor excursion.
The 32-mile Elroy-Sparta Trail in Kendall is one of the most popular bicycling destinations in the state. In fact, it was the first rails-to-trails conversion in the country! Its flat surface, narrow valleys and long tunnels keep bikers of all kinds coming back for more. The longest tunnel, which stretches between Sparta and Norwalk, is over three-quarters of a mile long! Bonus: With multiple exits on the trail, you can easily detour and explore the historic downtown district.
The Great River State Trail, situated along the Mississippi River, is a 100-mile journey complete with wetlands, wildlife and natural landmarks. The trail starts in Onalaska, bridges 18 different waterways, and crosses over the Black River before heading to the sleepy river town of Trempealeau. Just south of trails-end at Marshland, you can tour the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, a 5,600-acre riverside home for migratory waterfowl, herons, egrets and resident bald eagles.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin East in Spring Green has been described as one of the greatest landscapes in America. Visitors can tour the Wright complex or simply skirt around it and the hills and valleys that served as inspiration on the Frank Lloyd Wright Bike Tour. As long as you’re in the area, check out famous attractions like The American Players Theatre and House on the Rock. You'll love riding where points of interest meet lines of adventure.
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