Biking the La Crosse River State Trail

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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.

Overview: La Crosse River State Trail


COUNTIES: La Crosse, Monroe
COMMUNITIES: La Crosse, Onalaska, West Salem, Bangor, Rockland, Sparta
TOTAL MILES: 21 miles
PAVEMENT: Crushed stone

CAMPING: Sparta DNR campground, Leon Valley Campground, Neshonoc Lakeside Camping Resort, Veterans Memorial Campground, Bluebird Springs Campground

Directions and Trail Map




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Addresses for your GPS:
Onalaska Parking: Trailhead: 3815 CR-B, La Crosse, WI 54601
| coordinates: 43.859362, -91.201751 |
West Salem Parking: 228 Mill St S, West Salem, WI 54669
| coordinates: 43.894684, -91.080595 |
Bangor Parking: 1624 James St, Bangor, WI 54614
| coordinates: 43.890055, -90.993045 |
Sparta Parking: 127 Milwaukee St, Sparta, WI 54656
| coordinates: 43.932087, -90.809959 |


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