River Falls Tour

There's some wonderful rural Wisconsin biking country wedged between the scenic Kinnickinnic and St. Croix Rivers south of Hudson. River Falls, a small university town, makes an interesting starting point for this mostly easy ride through rolling farmland and hilltop forests. Nearby, two state parks and the City of Hudson offer more off-the-bike attractions. Bicycling is always a pleasure on the wide, well-paved, quiet roads you'll travel on this tour. From the trailhead parking lot at Centennial Park in downtown River Falls, head west out of town on Division Street and Cty. M. The route turns south on 1090th St.; then west on 840th Ave. to wind along the edge of the Kinnickinnic River valley; then north on 1160th St. back to Cty. M. If you're wondering, the roads south of Cty. M are numbered because they're in Pierce Co.; north of Cty. M you're in St. Croix County where the road names are more traditional. Jogging north, you soon reach Townsvalley Road and the only significant hill on the tour, a 120-foot climb and descent. The road is part of the course for the popular locally organized Autumn Trek bike ride. In the fall, hilltops radiant with color make a scenic background for the picturesque farms along the route. As you turn east on Cty. FF, watch for increased traffic. Riding south along North Glover Road, you can take a break at pleasant Glover Town Park. A bit past the park, you arrive at a three-way intersection where every road is a Glover North Glover, South Glover, and just plain Glover. South Glover Road is your return ticket. After winding between several hills you are soon back on County MM and the outskirts of River Falls. From mid-July to mid-August the Kansas City Chiefs are in summer training camp at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Thousands visit Ramer Field for this mid-summer dose of NFL action. The price is right you can watch for free. The campus is also the location of the Swensen Sundial, the largest vertical sundial in North America. If you're a movie buff, visit Main Street where the Falls Theatre shows first-run movies at ticket prices frozen in the 60s. Southwest of town, lovely Kinnickinnic State Park graces the confluence of the Kinnickinnic and St. Croix Rivers. The Kinnickinnic is well known as an excellent trout stream. The park's hiking trails lead to a large sandy beach on the St. Croix. Just 15 miles to the north, busy Hudson preserves its past at the Octagon House. Built in 1855, it's an authentically furnished example of the fad for eight-sided houses that swept the country in those days. Nearby, Willow River State Park offers popular campgrounds, waterfalls and beautiful river scenery. The River Falls Tour easy on the legs, with plenty to see and do.

Trail Length (miles)

  • 21

Snowboarding Difficulty Rating

  • Easy
  • Medium