City Trails Offer Smooth Rides, Unexpected Scenery

Superior follows the Lake Superior shore, taking in such historic sites along the way as Fairlawn Mansion and the world's sole remaining whaleback freighter, the S.S. Meteor.

The 10.2-mile Pike Bike Trail takes in the best of Kenosha: numerous city parks, beaches and nature areas, two Lake Michigan lighthouses, and numerous historic sites, including the birthplace of Orson Welles.

Madison, which was rated the number one city for biking, population 200,00-500,000, in the March 2006 issue of Bicycling magazine, boasts more bikes than it does cars. Two of its more scenic trails circumnavigate lakes Monona and Wingra, with the latter trail winding through the UW-Arboretum.

The Milwaukee County Oak Leaf Trail is a vast network, more than 100 miles in all, of on- and off-road bikeways. The Lake Park to Kletzsch Park portion is lovely, but sources say the stretch along South Lake Drive is even better, with high bluffs and spectacular Lake Michigan vistas. 

Access Green Bay’s East River Trail at Green Isle Park in the suburb of Allouez.

Numerous trails and bikeways pass through La Crosse and its scenic river valley surroundings.

Portions of this article originally appeared in Wisconsin Trails magazine.