Great Rivers Snowmobile Tour

Wedged between the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers, Crawford and Richland Counties share a unique and striking beauty. As you sled across them you'll climb three dozen hills and ridges 200 to 500 feet high. In between ridges your sled will wind down wooded slopes into idyllic farming valleys. Crawford County has at total of 92 miles of trail, while Richland County has 134 miles. It's a "quality not quantity" approach.One of Frank Lloyd Wrights unique designs, the 1915 A.D. German Warehouse, can be seen downtown and toured by appointment. The Richland Center Depot is the trailhead for the Pine River Trail, a rail-bed trail that follows the course of its namesake river to the Wisconsin River and beyond. It's a convenient on-ramp to Corridor Trail #27 a few miles south of town. Soon you'll be winding along Snake Creek, scaling Riverview Ridge and dropping down to Indian Creek. After cresting Bomkamp Ridge, it's a downhill run into the Wisconsin River Valley and a crossing to Muscoda in Grant County. Continue on Corridor Trail #27 as it turns due west along the bottomland of the Lower Wisconsin River State Wildlife Area. This seven-mile run will give you a taste of Grant County's 322-miles of trail, much of which are just as hilly as those north of the river. At Blue River you'll pick up a club trail and cross back into Richland County.A succession of four ridge crossings brings you into the broad valley of Knapp Creek and the junction with Corridor Trail #34. Riding #34 to the west takes you over the length of Horrigan Ridge into Crawford County and down to the crossroads village of Rolling Ground. The next ridge run, the Hillbilly Trail, travels through miles of apple orchards. Soon you'll head down an extremely steep slope to Gays Mills, a town famous for its spring blossoms and its autumn apples. After crossing the Kickapoo River, O'Neill Ridge and Mt. Sterling mark the great watershed divide between the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers. Turning south, the trail dips in and out of valleys on its way to Seneca. There you can choose to loop west on Corridor Trail #34, or east on a club trail. The club trail descends into the valley of Citron Creek. Then it's up and over another ridge into the valley of Otter Creek. Heading west you'll climb Shanghai Ridge which leads to Eastman and a reunion with Corridor Trail #34. If you elected to stay on Corridor Trail #34 riding west from Seneca, you'll soon drop down to the sleepy, more than two miles wide, Mississippi River to the town of Lynxville. Dozens of islands, part of the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, fill the channel between the town and the bluffs of the Iowa shore. Continuing south on Corridor Trail #34, you'll cross five more ridges before dropping into Campbell Coulee and the historic city of Prairie du Chien. The town sits on the flood plain, a spot first visited by Europeans in 1673 when French explorers Marquette and Joliet canoed there from Lake Michigan. Prairie du Chien was also a center for fur traders, loggers and river boats. Follow Corridor Trail #34 through Prairie du Chien. You'll skirt bottomland, then loop back north on the Cliff Hanger club trail. It takes you over Irish Ridge back to Corridor Trail #34. From there, retrace the route all the way back to Rolling Ground. At Rolling Ground, turn north on a club trail that meets Corridor Trail #27 just a few miles east of Soldiers Grove. The city is known as "America's First Solar Village." East on Corridor Trail #27, there's more ridge and valley riding before crossing Mill Creek at Boaz, where one of the most complete mastodon skeletons ever found in Wisconsin was discovered. One last climb over Dayton Ridge takes you back to Richland Center.