Biking the Sugar River State Trail



ICE AGE TRAIL - ALBANY SEGMENT


The Sugar River State Trail and Ice Age Trail Albany Segment
The Sugar River State Trail and Ice Age Trail Albany Segment


The Sugar River State Trail is bike trail connecting New Glarus with Monticello, Albany, and Broadhead in Southern Wisconsin. Its 24 miles course through a bucolic agricultural region and along the oxbowing Sugar River and Sugar River State Wildlife Area.

A nine mile portion of this trail is the Albany Segment of the Ice Age Trail which travels from Monticello to Albany. At Monticello the Sugar River State Trail intersects with the Badger State Trail. The Badger State Trail in turn connects between Madison and Freeport.




The Sugar River in Albany WI
The Sugar River in Albany WI


One of the gems of bicycling in south central Wisconsin, the Sugar River State Trail winds from the Swiss village of New Glarus to Brodhead in Green County. Along the route the trail passes over 14 wood bridges, many of them over the Sugar River or Little Sugar River. A replica covered bridge crosses Norwegian River near Brodhead.

A nine mile portion of the trail is also designated as the Albany Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. This portion of the trail between the Badger State Trail at Monticello and Albany has the most bridges and river views. The section north of Monticello is the most shaded portion of the trail and passes through deep forest with long understory views. Caves and rock outcroppings can also be found along the trail.

In Albany, take a break from hiking or biking to take a relaxed float down the Sugar River in an inflatable tube at S&B Tubing. This popular amusement is busy on almost any summer afternoon.


The Sugar River State Trail and Ice Age Trail Albany Segment
The Sugar River State Trail and Ice Age Trail Albany Segment


Overview: Sugar River State trai/ Ice Age Trail - Albany Segment



COUNTY: Green, Rock
COMMUNITIES: New Glarus, Exeter, Monticello, Albany, Brodhead

TOTAL MILES: 24 miles  (Ice Age Trail = 9 miles linear)
DIFFICULTY: Very Easy
PAVEMENT: Crushed Limestone

NEXT IAT SEGMENT EASTBOUND: Arbor Ridge Segment
NEXT IAT SEGMENT WESTBOUND: Monticello Segment

POINTS OF INTEREST: New Glarus Woods State Park, Sugar River State Wildlife Area, Badger State Trail, Sugar River, Norwegian River, Covered Bridge, Depot Museum

CAMPING: New Glarus Woods State Park, Minihaha Campground

LODGING: Albany House Bed and Breakfast


Directions and Trail Map





Addresses for your GPS: Monticello Lot: 300 Pratt Road Monticello WI 42.742359, -89.579314


From Milwaukee2 Hours
From Madison1 Hour
From Green Bay3 Hours
From Wausau3 Hours
From Minneapolis5 Hours
From Chicago2.5 Hours



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Intersection of the Badger State Trail and Sugar River State Trail
Intersection of the Badger State Trail and Sugar River State Trail

Tubing Start point on the Sugar River in Albany WI
Tubing Start point on the Sugar River in Albany WI

Tubing Rental on the Sugar River in Albany WI
Tubing Rental on the Sugar River in Albany WI

Downtown Albany along the Sugar River
Downtown Albany along the Sugar River

The Sugar River State Trail and Ice Age Trail Albany Segment at Albany
The Sugar River State Trail and Ice Age Trail Albany Segment at Albany

The Sugar River State Trail and Ice Age Trail Albany Segment
The Sugar River State Trail and Ice Age Trail Albany Segment

The Sugar River along the Albany Segment of the Ice Age Trail
The Sugar River along the Albany Segment of the Ice Age Trail