Sparta

The world’s largest bike – an old-fashioned high wheeler formed out of fiberglass – welcomes visitors to Sparta, which dubs itself the “Bicycling Capital of America.” Located off I-90, the town offers ready access to several nationally known bike trails including the Elroy-Sparta State Trail, the first rails-to-trails bicycle route in the country. Sparta’s downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its hospitality and location make it a good “home base” for day trips to nearby attractions. Eleven miles north of Sparta the Wegner Grotto is a fantastic garden of concrete sculptures decorated with thousands of glittering glass shards. Fort McCoy, eight miles northeast of Sparta, offers an excellent public recreation area as well as interesting military displays.

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The Elroy-Sparta and LaCrosse River State Bike Trails - it is a Rails to Trails Paradise! The tunnels, the landscape, the wildlife – beautiful all season long. Enjoy the local shopping, dining and Concerts in the Park. Fish, canoe, and visit the 30ft eyeball. See a piece of the moon at the Bike & Space Museum. Enjoy the one room school house, railroad and doll museum, the grotto-endless parks and peaceful, friendly relaxing days and nights.

Small town charm

The people of Sparta are proud of its heritage and history. They are committed to maintaining their homes and neighborhoods. Community members work to provide a wide variety of activities for their community, whether it is the annual Butterfest, Gatorfest, Concert in the Park Series, or dozens of other projects. A sense of caring and concern is an essential part of the lifestyle in Sparta, a city of community pride and spirit. It is the people of Sparta that make it the special place it is.

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Come visit scenic Sparta, nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of western Wisconsin. Once known for the healing powers of the local artesian springs, Sparta is now most recognized as the junction of the Elroy-Sparta and La Crosse River bike trails. Sparta's claim as the "Bicycling Capital of America" is based upon the first rail bed in Wisconsin to be converted to bike trails between Sparta and Elroy. Sparta is also recognized for our proximity to Fort McCoy, the largest military base in Wisconsin. Hunting and fishing opportunities abound in the area, as does award winning golf at River Run Sparta Golf Course.

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We welcome you to come and play the River Run Golf Course, formerly known as Sparta Municipal Golf Course, located in west central Wisconsin just a couple of miles off from Interstate 90. This beautiful municipal course has been given a three star rating by Golf Digest, making it the most popular in the area. The Golf Course was expanded to 18 holes in 1982 and has matured beautifully, and is truly is a pleasure to play. The front nine runs along Perch Lake and the back nine holes meander through cuts in mature stands of pine. You’ll enjoy our large bentgrass greens throughout.

Mark these events on your calendar:

  • Butterfest
  • Concerts in the Park
  • The Leon Gator Fest