Glacial Drumlin State Trail


The Glacial Drumlin State Trail is a bike and recreation trail stretching 54 miles between Waukesha and Cottage Grove. It crosses many streams and rivers and runs alongside picturesque lakes. It also crosses through the southern kettle moraine region - a hilly and scenic area of the state. Located in the Milwaukee to Madison corridor the majority of the state's population is close to this trail and it is well used.

Military Ridge State Trail


The Military Ridge State Trail is a 40 mile rail trail heading west from Madison towards Dodgeville. The trail is the former rail bed of the Chicago and North Western which followed an old military road between Verona and Dodgeville in 1855.

This trail connects two state park - Blue Mounds and Governor Dodge. At Blue Mounds State Park there is a biker's campground immediately adjacent to the trail. Two shelters are available there along with water, vault toilets, and showers located within the park. Camping is available at both state parks.

The Military Ridge connects directly to the Madison bicycle trails network at a hub in Fitchburg where cyclists can continue onto the Capital City State and Badger State Trails. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail also intersects the Military Ridge Trail in Verona.

The ride from Barneveld to Mt Horeb is the most popular out-and-back day trip on the Military Ridge Trail.

Hillsboro State Trail


The Hillsboro State Trail is a short connection between the 400 State Trail in Union Center and Hillsboro. This trail crosses the Baraboo River in the hilly driftless area of southwestern Wisconsin.

Red Cedar State Trail


The Red Cedar State Trail is a 17 mile bike and recreation trail in northwestern WI. The trail is constructed on a retired rail bed and is paved with crushed stone. This ultra-scenic trail hugs the banks of the meandering Red Cedar River from Lake Menomin to the confluence of the Red Cedar and Chippewa Rivers. At the confluence a bridge crosses over the Chippewa and the Red Cedar Trail connects to the Chippewa River State Trail. These trails plus the Old Abe State Trail and the Duncan Creek Trail makes up an 80 mile network known as the Chippewa Valley Trail System.

Chippewa River State Trail


Eau Claire is established at the confluence of the The Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers. The Chippewa River State Trail is a paved bike trail which follows a route along these river ways and crosses them at dramatic bridges.

Paved in asphalt and a smooth ride, this popular trail connects directly to the Red Cedar Trail and via a few miles of lightly trafficked streets to the Duncan Creek and Old Abe State Trail. The Chippewa River and Old Abe trails combine for the perfect road bike route with scenic views along the entire distance. The Cippewa River Trail also serves as a major commuter route and links UW Eau Claire to Halfmoon Lake and sites downtown.

Old Abe State Trail and Duncan Creek


The Old Abe Trail is a paved bike trail on a retired rail bed that connects Brunet Island State Park to Lake Wissota State Park near Chippewa Falls. The 20 mile trek meanders along with the scenic Chippewa River past Old Abe Lake.

Old Abe Lake is named after the famous Old Abe Eagle which was the mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Regiment in the Civil War. A replica of Old Abe watches over the State Assembly at the Capitol in Madison (The original was lost in a fire). Old Abe was captured by the Lake Superior Chippewa near Jim Falls.

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail intersects the Old Abe State Trail at Cornell.

The Duncan Creek Trail is the municipal bike trail system in Chippewa Falls. It includes paved trails and bike lanes.

Stower Seven Lakes State Trail


The Stower Seven Lakes State Trail is a bike trail set onto a retired railbed. It travels from Soo Line Park in Amery to Lotus Lake County Park in Dresser - a 14 mile route. As you might have guessed, the trail passes seven lakes. A few additional lakes are within view of the trail. This trail is a popular ride for visitors to the St. Croix area including campers at Willow River State Park and Interstate State Park.

Gandy Dancer State Trail


At 98 miles linear the Gandy Dancer is among Wisconsin's longest bike and atv trails. It is divided into two segments: Southern, and Northern. The Southern Segment spans between Interstate State Park in St. Croix Falls and Danbury where the Gandy Dancer crosses the St. Croix River into Minnesota. The Northern Segment runs from Danbury to Pattison State Park in Superior. This northern segment is more appropriate for ATV's and less so for bikes - but a good mountain bike will handle the gravel road of the Northern Segment.

Primarily, bikers use the Southern Segment. In and around St. Croix Falls the path is paved with asphalt. That gives way to a wide crushed stone trail for the remaining miles of the Southern Segment. There are many cafes and restaurants in the trail towns on the Southern Segment - Centuria even has a popular diner named the Gandy Diner just a block off the trail. The Southern Segment is well serviced with parks, parking, restrooms, lodging and camping; however, parking lots and services on the Northern Segment are far and few between.

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail includes a portion of the trail from St. Croix Falls to Luck as the Gandy Dancer Segment of the Ice Age Trail.

Oconto River State Trail


The Oconto River State Trail is a short bike trail on a retired rail line in northeastern Wisconsin. It parallels the Oconto River, though just beyond view of the river. Trails in the vicinity date back 6000+ years (2000 years before the pyramids were built). You can learn more about the rich history of the area at the Copper Complex Museum in Copper Culture State Park nearby the Oconto trailhead.

Newton Blackmour State Trail and Duck Creek Trail


The Newton Blackmour is a newer trail in Wisconsin's State Trail system - being completed in 2015. It runs from the outer edge of New London to Seymour where it connects directly to the five mile long Duck Creek Trail. Along the way it crosses the Wolf River in Black Creek. As the trail develops over time more parking, restrooms, and water stations will be made available.

Fox River, East River, Baird Creek, and Friendship Trails


The Fox River State Trail heads from the confluence of the East and the Fox Rivers in Green Bay to the south along the Fox River. The East River Trail connects to the Fox River Trail in downtown Green Bay. The Baird Creek connects to the East River Trail. And, near the southern trail head of the Fox River Trail, the Friednship State Trail connects Forest Junction and Brillion.

The Fox River Trail is the mainline of these. It is wide and paved with asphalt making a smooth ride for any type of bicycle. In Green Bay the trail is near to many shopping districts with restaurants and cafes. The East River trail is more of a winding commuter path through residential neighborhoods and parkways. Baird Creek heads west from downtown towards I43 through a forested parkway.

These combined trails are among the longest and best paved bike trails in Wisconsin. Only the Oak Leaf Trail system in Milwaukee can boast more miles - but many of those miles are disconnected. The Green Bay trails offer a seamless way to explore Green Bay by bike off of roadways.

Mascoutin Valley and Northwestern Trails


The Mascoutin Valley Trail has two legs - an eastern section and a western section. The western leg runs from Berlin to Ripon. In Ripon riders can continue on a separate municipal trail, the Northwestern trail heading west out of downtown. The eastern leg of the Mascoutin Valley Trail connects Resendale to Fond Du Lac. These trails are rural and set off from major roadways. There are a number of wildlife and natural areas crossed by the trails.

Ahnapee State Trail


The Ahnapee State Trails is a major rails-to-trails bike trail in northeastern Wisconsin spanning 48 miles in from Kewaunee to Strugeon Bay. The section from Algoma to Sturgeon bay is also a terminal segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

The Ahnapee connects from Lake Michigan at Kewaunee to the west at Luxemburg, then back to the Lake at Algoma and back to towards the northwest to Sturgeon Bay. This roundabout path can be broken up into many shorter segments. There are parks, parking lots, and restrooms scattered along the length of the trail. There are also three private campgrounds with direct access to the trail. The scenery of the trail is marked by frequent views of the Kewaunee and Ahnapee Rivers.

Wild Goose State Trail


The Wild Goose is so named as the trail crosses through Horicon Marsh - a famous rest stop for migrating Canadian geese. The trail runs for 35 miles from Highway 60 in Dodge County to Fond Du Lac. In Fond Du Lac the Wild Goose connects to the new municipal trails network. Horicon Marsh is a state wildlife area and bikers can stop by a nature center and use hiking trail on boardwalks through the marsh. Another attraction near the Wild Goose Trail is Nitschke Mounds Park where visitors can check out 40 effigy mounds dating from 800 CE.

The Eisenbahn State Trail


The Iron Road translates to Eisenbahn in German. The Eisenbahn Trail is a bike and recreation trail set onto a former Chicago and North Western Railroad bed. Its course is 25 miles long from Eden to West Bend and is paved with crushed stone and asphalt in some areas. There are scenic views on the West Bend and Barton section of the trail which is on the banks of the Milwaukee River. Parking are restrooms are available at all of the trail towns along the Eisenbahn.

Old Plank Road Trail


The hilly and paved Old Plank Road is a Sheboygan County bike trail sharing the right of way with Highway 23. It connects Sheboygan to Greenbush in the scenic northern kettle moraine region. It is paved and suitable for road bikes. It also includes several large hills and is "not for the faint of heart".

The Greenbush to Sheboygan corridor draws many out-of-town visitors for camping and hiking in the kettle moraine, world class golf courses, resorts, unique restaurants, and scenic drives. The Wade House Wisconsin Historical Museum is a highlight near to the trail.

In Sheboygan the Old Plank Road Trail connects to urban recreation trails, the Sheboygan Interurban Trail, and the brief Shoreline 400 trail. It is necessary to ride along some lightly trafficked streets to make these connections. Along the lakefront there is a 4 mile length of urban recreation trail that brings riders through a historical district, the port, and past the municipal beach. Another highlight is in Sheboygan is Kohler-Andrae State Park with extensive beaches and dunes located south of Sheboygan. Bike friendly roads connect the State Park with downtown Sheboygan.

Biking the La Crosse River State Trail


The La Crosse River State Trail is a 21 mile connection between The Great River State Trail and the Elroy Sparta State Trail on the Bike 4 Trails network which also includes the 400 State Trail, Hilsboro State Trail, Omaha Trail, Halfway Creek Trail, and Hollands Bluff Trail. A brief view of the oxbowing La Crosse River is just east of Onalaska. Otherwise the trail is not especially scenic and shadows the busy I94 most of its length. It is well serviced with parking lots, restrooms, trail towns, lodging, and campgrounds.

Omaha Bike Trail From Camp Douglas to Elroy


The distinctive bluffs and rock outcroppings of the driftless area are recognizable landmarks to anyone who has driven I94 between Wisconsin Dells and Minneapolis. They appear like fortified castles rising out of pine barrens. The bluffs are especially notable at Camp Douglas where the Omaha Trail begins.

The Omaha trail is a 12-14 mile Juneau County bike trail which connects directly to the Elroy Sparta and 400 Trail at Elroy WI. One of the most memorable features of the Omaha Trail is a 300 foot tunnel beneath a majestic bluff. Otherwise, quiet country scenery and quintessential Wisconsin farmland prevail on this must-do bike trail in southwestern Wisconsin. The trail is serviced by campgrounds at each end and parking lots and small parks along the route. Remember to bring a flashlight to find your way through the tunnel ... and always walk your bike through rail trail tunnels.

The Kettle Moraine Lake to Lake Trail


The Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest is enjoyed by many hikers and campers in eastern Wisconsin. Two of the most popular destinations in the state forest are Mauthe Lake and Long Lake Recreational Areas in Dundee. A relatively new bike trail connects these two campgrounds. The Lake to Lake trail is 6.5 miles on crushed stone. The trail is mostly flat or gently rolling - but offers views of the wooded hills of the Kettle Moraine. This Trail also touches on and routes through two state natural areas.

Devil's River State Bike Trail


The Devil's River trail is a new bike trail in Wisconsin spanning 14 miles between Denmark and Rockwood in Eastern WI. A master plan calls for this trail to be lengthened to reach the city of Manitowoc. The route is easy to access, not far from major exits on I43. A crossing of the Devils River south of Denmark on a steel trestle bridge is a trail highlight. Riders can take a short excursion to Cherney Maribel Caves County Park which features many hiking trails threading though caves, crevices, and overhangs. A large limestone quarry marks the end of the current trail in Rockwood.