Ride Through Spring's Glory
However you choose to head out on the trail -- bike, ATV or horseback -- here are some worthwhile ones to hit.
Bike Touring Trails
Originally built in 1835 as a road to transport supplies between Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien and Fort Howard in Green Bay, the Military Ridge State Trail now runs 40 miles between Dodgeville and Fitchburg. Enjoy a ride along farm fields and wetlands.
Known as the "granddaddy" of all rails-to-trails conversions, the Elroy-Sparta State Trail winds its way along 34 miles of southern Wisconsin countryside and through three historic train tunnels.
With spectacular views of the Madison skyline, including the Capitol and Monona Terrace, it's easy to see why the Capital City Trail has quickly become a favorite for families. The trail features nearly 17 miles of paved surface, perfect for biking, inline skating or just strolling along on a sunny afternoon.
Wisconsin's natural beauty is on display, complete with blooming trees and rushing waterfalls, as riders pedal along country roads in Marinette County. Follow streams, lakes and rolling landscapes and enjoy the spectacle of 14 waterfalls along the way.
Single Track and Mountain Bike Trails
Dirt, challenging terrain and more than 300 miles of off-road trails in Wisconsin's famous Northwoods await riders on the CAMBA Trails as they twist and turn their way through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest near the towns of Hayward and Cable.
More than 20 miles of gear-grinding ascents, tight twisting single-tracks, exciting downhills and great views of the Kettle Moraine State forest await fat-tire enthusiasts on the John Muir Trails near Eagle.
Horses, Bikes and More
Highlighted by nine bike-friendly trail towns along its 47-mile route, the Gandy Dancer State Trail takes cyclists and horseback riders on a spectacular journey from Danbury to St. Croix Falls, ending at Interstate State Park.
Scenic farmlands, forests, wetlands, rivers and lakes are just a few of the sights along Tuscobia State Trail, Wisconsin's longest state trail. Stretching for nearly 75 miles, the trail is perfect for hiking, biking, horseback riding or ATVs.
If you're looking for a challenge, the Dead Horse Run Trail, as seen in the video above, offers 56 miles of adventure in Ashland and Sawyer. Crossing through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, it's a perfect ride for spring.
Train whistles no longer sound, but there’s plenty of adventure in the air at the Cheese Country ATV Trail, 47 miles of improved, abandoned railroad lines perfect for riding with friends. The trail passes through Wisconsin's rolling landscape on its way from Mineral Point to Monroe.
The majestic beauty of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest sets the scene for a day of ATV fun on the 20 miles of gently rolling trail that make up the Perkinstown Trail near Medford.
Find more places for outdoor adventures and then get out there and ride.