La Crosse River State Trail
A delightful 21.5-mile ride along the La Crosse River between Sparta and La Crosse. The trail is a middle link between the Elroy-Sparta Trail and the Great River Trail. On the way it runs close to an active rail line and a wave from the train engineers is always guaranteed. In Bangor, a short spur trail takes you to a pleasant town park. West Salem has a number of historic buildings including the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hamlin Garland and the unique Palmer-Gullickson Octagon Home. In the mid-19th century, octagon houses were thought to be the ideal human habitation. The theory was promoted by a man named Orson Fowler. He also believed you could tell a person's character by the bumps on their head. Neither idea caught on as well as the bike trail.
Hours of Operation
Office Hours: May 1-Oct 31 8:30am-4:30pm daily; Nov 1-Apr 30 8:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri. Trail open daily during daylight hours.
Sparta STH 16 to NE of La Crosse
Trail Length (miles)
- Crushed Rock
State and National Trails
Articles: La Crosse River State Trail
Once a section of the Chicago and North Western Railway, steam locomotives hauled grain, livestock and passengers along this route from 1873 to 1964. Since then it has become one of the most popular recreational trails in the country as thousands travel the 32-mile route by biking, hiking and snowmobiling every year. Read More