When it comes to Wisconsin snowmobiling, your first thought may go to the vast Northwoods area. Thankfully, if you’re coming from the southern part of the state or up from Chicago, Wisconsin’s impressive trail system makes a strong showing in Southwest Wisconsin’s Driftless region. In this article you’ll find three snowmobiling trip-starters that are focused around the area’s trails – check them out!
With more than 300 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, Grant County offers snowmobilers the chance to experience a wide variety of scenic terrain. The Corridor 40 trail runs along the Western edge of the state from Dickeyville to Bloomington and offers scenic views of the Mississippi River and rolling hills. Once you reach Patch Grove, take Corridor 38 until you reach Corridor 27. You can then continue north towards Boscobel to enjoy trails that pass frozen creeks and provide views of the Wisconsin River. Alternatively, Corridor 27 can also be taken South toward Lancaster and Platteville.
Food and Lodging
If you’re looking for a Northwoods experience in southern Wisconsin, then consider staying at the Walnut Ridge Log Cabins. These log cabins offer rustic charm, modern amenities and are tucked into six acres of woods north of Platteville. If you’d rather stay a little closer to the city, the Dorsey Bed & Breakfast in Platteville is conveniently located and a comfortable place to stay.
To fuel up before you hit the trails, stop in Lancaster at the mouthwatering Blue Boy Bakery, where you can enjoy an incredible selection of traditional donuts, coffee cakes, fresh breads and more. For lunch, the Unique Café in Boscobel offers excellent biscuits and gravy and, if you’re looking for an authentic Wisconsin experience, often has bluegill on special.
Vernon County’s 250 miles of snowmobile trails are some of the most scenic in Wisconsin’s breathtaking Driftless region. For the best views in the area, ride Corridor 27 north from Readstown. This will take you through the Kickapoo Valley Reserve State Natural Area. If you start in the Viroqua area, consider taking Corridor 29 south to Corridor 32. This trail travels west, where you can take a scenic loop of trails around Genoa.
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If you’re planning a snowmobiling trip for a large group, the Nature Nooks Retreat can comfortably accommodate big groups and has access to snow-shoe and cross country ski trails. For a unique rustic getaway, the Kickapoo Valley Ranch is located in the heart of the Kickapoo Forest Reserve.
For food, don’t miss out on the Goose Barn in La Farge, which features delicious and unique pizza. Should the trails take you East to Hillsboro, stop for lunch at the Hillsboro Brewing Company, where you’ll find pizza with unbeatable crust supplied by a local baker and beers that tell a story.
The snowmobile trail network in Richland County features 109 miles of beautiful trails that are well marked and carefully maintained. If you’re planning a long ride, Corridor 27 in Richland County connects the trail systems of Grant and Vernon Counties. Be sure to take the time to ride the Pine River Recreation Trail, which is a converted rail-trail that travels 14.3 miles from Richland Center to Lone Rock. The views from the bluffs alone make it worth riding.
Food and Lodging
Rembrandt and Rutabagas Bed and Breakfast offers eclectic lodging and incredible views in one of the areas many scenic valleys. If you're looking for easy, convenient lodging that will leave you more time on the trails, the Ramada in Richland Center is close by and offers amenities like on-site dining.
It wouldn’t be a Wisconsin getaway without amazing cheese, so be sure to visit the Cheese Cellar in Richland Center to stock up on local cheeses and wines. Finally, Karen’s Supper Club is located just West of Richland Center and offers an authentic Wisconsin supper club experience.