By Brandon Gorman
Wisconsin is already home to more than 60 state parks, trails and recreational areas, but the state’s numerous county parks shouldn’t be overlooked for cycling enthusiasts both novice and expert alike. With summer in the air, it’s time to hop on a bike, kick up the dirt, and explore all the majestic beauty Wisconsin has to offer!
Located in Washington County and just a short drive north of Milwaukee, Glacier Hills County Park sits on 140 acres of pristine moraine formed by glaciers more than 10,000 years ago. The park borders Friess Lake and offers prairie views, abundant tree growth and more than 120 varieties of birds along its five different scenic trails. Glacier Hills Park’s winding paths and hilly terrain are perfect for mountain bike enthusiasts.
Nestled alongside the Pecatonica River in Lafayette County, Blackhawk Memorial County Park offers 120 acres of secluded trails, camping sites, canoeing opportunities and plentiful fishing. It’s rural, off-the-beaten path, is a hidden gem that offers lots of scenic beauty including the nearby Sugar River State Trail, Pecatonica Trail and Cheese Country Recreation Trail.
Price County, located in Northern Wisconsin, boasts more than 170 lakes, hundreds of miles of motorized and non-motorized trails, and six county parks including Tuscobia Trailhead County Park. Originally constructed in 1899 as part of the “Omaha” line railroad, The Tuscobia State trail spans 74 miles and covers three different counties. The diverse trail system consists of upland ridges and lowland marshes and allows cyclists to connect to both the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. This scenic trail links seven communities, making it easy for bicyclists to find food and amenities along the way.
Madison holds the distinct honor of being one of only 16 cities in the country to be awarded a gold shield by the League of American Bicyclists. Named the most bike-friendly city in the state, Madison offers dozens of bike-friendly county parks including Lake Farm Park, Badger Prairie Park and CamRock Park, which features a single-track mountain bike trail. Madison is also home to the paved Capital City State Trail, which spans 17 miles and links the Military Ridge State Trail and the Glacial Drumlin State Trail.
With more than 10 miles of trails,