The world’s largest bike – an old-fashioned high wheeler formed out of fiberglass – welcomes visitors to Sparta, which dubs itself the “Bicycling Capital of America.” Located off I-90, the town offers ready access to several nationally known bike trails including the Elroy-Sparta State Trail, the first rails-to-trails bicycle route in the country. Sparta’s downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its hospitality and location make it a good “home base” for day trips to nearby attractions. Eleven miles north of Sparta the Wegner Grotto is a fantastic garden of concrete sculptures decorated with thousands of glittering glass shards. Fort McCoy, eight miles northeast of Sparta, offers an excellent public recreation area as well as interesting military displays.

Explore Sparta

Monroe County Fair 7/25/2018 - 7/29/2018 Tomah - 13.6 miles away
Crazy Daze in Tomah 8/04/2018 Tomah - 14.28 miles away
La Crosse Speedway Street Drags 7/13/2018 West Salem - 16.01 miles away
Coon Creek Trout Fest 7/28/2018 Coon Valley - 20.56 miles away
Sweet Rides & Sweet Pies 7/28/2018 Westby - 20.57 miles away
Jackson County Fair 8/01/2018 - 8/05/2018 Black River Falls - 23.87 miles away
AAUW Art Fair on the Green 7/28/2018 - 7/29/2018 La Crosse - 23.96 miles away
Rail Fair 7/28/2018 La Crosse - 24.36 miles away

Average Weather

From soaking up the summer sun to hitting the trails after a fresh snowfall, Wisconsin has no shortage of activities for every season. Here's an idea of what the weather in this area is like to help get your planning started!


High 83° F
Low 61° F


High 30° F
Low 11° F


High 60° F
Low 40° F


High 59° F
Low 48° F

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