Pine River Recreation Trail

Richland County's incredible river bluff country can be hard on a bicyclist's legs. On the Pine River Trail you can take a lazy ride up a lazy river and enjoy bluff scenery without having to ride over it. Along the way you'll cross 15 bridges that span the meandering Pine and its tributaries. One bridge is a whopping 241 feet long. Between Richland Center and Lone Rock you'll be treated to views of green-forested bluffs lining the broad valleys of the Pine and Wisconsin Rivers. The river backwaters are havens for great blue herons, egrets, turtles and other wildlife. Town Parks in Gotham and Lone Rock offer pleasant rest stops. At Fireman's Park, on the south side of Lone Rock, you can swim in a backwater slough of the Wisconsin River. Future plans for the trail call for extending it another mile-and-a-half north. There, an old depot will be restored as the new trailhead and Richland Area Chamber/Main Street Partnership headquarters. All the better for exploring the antique shops and bakery in the town's historic downtown. Richland Center is where Frank Lloyd Wright was born. It is also the location of one of his architectural masterpieces. In 1915 he built a warehouse like none other before or since for local merchant A.D. German. Guided tours of the building are available by appointment (call 608/647-2808).