By Lisa Schmelz
Special to TravelWisconsin.com
See the backwoods of Wisconsin in all its muddy ruggedness from the back of an ATV. The spectacular views are matched only by the spectacular thrills you’ll find on Wisconsin ATV trails. Ride for the day or for the week. In addition to breathtaking scenery, there are also plenty of lodging, dining and after-ride activities for those planning overnight excursions. So ride, stay, play, eat and repeat. Wisconsin has everything an ATV lover could want or need.
Just make sure to check trail conditions before you head out, because they can and do change quickly. A terrific online source is the Wisconsin ATV/UTV Association.
Like challenging hills and valleys? Head for Chippewa County. Massive retreating glaciers carved an ATV-lovers paradise here. The Chippewa County ATV Trail cuts through a scattered string of 33,000 acres of county forestland. What this 19-plus-mile Wisconsin ATV trail lacks in length, it makes up for in grit. Steep climbs and dramatic drops make it a Wisconsin ATV trail-favorite.
Places to Stay and Dine Near the Chippewa County ATV Trail
- Pine Drive Cabins - Holcombe
- Mallard Resort - Chippewa Falls
- Loopy’s Grill & Saloon - Chippewa Falls
- Dylan’s Dairy - Cornell
The Riverview ATV Park is a 220 acre terrain, offering trails for riders of all abilities. When you're done riding for the day, this historic community on the shores of Lake Michigan offers plenty to see and do. Forty buildings here are on the National Historic Register and the community's maritime past can be explored at the Kewaunee Historical Society Museum.
Places to Stay and Dine Near the Riverview ATV Park
- Coho Motel & Suites - Kewaunee
- Harbor Lights Lodge - Kewaunee
- Billy’s On Main - Luxemburg
- The Cork Restaurant & Pub - Kewaunee
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ATV through the Driftless Area of Wisconsin on the Cheese Country Trail System, which rises and falls rhythmically through Iowa, Lafayette and Green counties. Though much of Wisconsin was flattened by massive glaciers during the Ice Age, this region escaped that grinding action and remains a ripple of breathtaking ridges and valleys. Built on an abandoned railroad line, this Wisconsin ATV trail extends south and east for 47 miles and includes a 440-foot trestle that spans the Pecatonica River. When you've worked up an appetite, menus in this neck of the woods feature an abundance of cheese-filled dishes.
Places to Stay and Dine Near the Cheese Country Trail System
- Gasthaus Motel - Monroe
- Pecatonica River Trails Park - Darlington
- Cruise Inn Bar & Grill - Mineral Point
- Laughing Trout - Monroe
Active clubs and local government officials have partnered to create a 250-mile network of ATV trails in Iron County, with riders even welcome to share trails with snowmobilers in the winter. Riders will see gorgeous Northwoods nature scenes, lakes and waterfalls. The trail system is so well-developed that you can visit nearly every major town in the county on an ATV, with plenty of opportunities along the way for food, gas and lodging.
Places to Stay and Dine Near the Iron County ATV Trails
- Silver Street Motel - Hurley
- Eagle Bluff Condo Rentals - Hurley
- Dawghouse - Hurley
- Branding Iron Pub - Hurley
More than 100 miles of trails and 35 points of interest await Wisconsin ATV riders in Washburn County. Here, you don’t have to wonder what river you’re crossing or what the massive fish posted on the trail represents. The Washburn County ATV Scenic Tour takes the mystery out of history, informing riders of notable homesteads, landscape features, and many other fun facts to know and tell.
Places to Stay and Dine Near the Washburn County ATV Trails
- Wild River Trail Inn - Minong
- Birchwood Motel - Birchwood
- Tony's Riverside - Spooner
- Spider Lake Saloon - Birchwood