The Elroy Sparta Trail
The Elroy-Sparta State Trail is the grandaddy of them all. Home of the very first Rails to Trails project in the United States you will not want to miss this amazing, scenic, and historic trail. Property of the State of Wisconsin and is part of its State Trails System, it is part of the Bike 4 Trails project connecting over 100 miles of Rails to Trails Bike Trails.
It is located in Hidden Valleys Country and passes through a portion of the unglaciated areas of Wisconsin exemplifying the natural beauty of our State.
The trail is 32 miles in length on the abandoned Chicago & North Western Railroad bed and passes through three rock tunnels. The Kendall and Wilton tunnels are ¼ mile long and the Norwalk tunnel is ¾ mile long. The trail is covered with limestone screenings and provides a smooth riding surface. The bridges are covered with planks and are guarded with railings. Don't forget to bring a rain jacket to keep you dry in the first tunnel as you leave Sparta, and a flashlight to help you see! It truly has it's own unique environment. Don't be weary though, even those who may be a little clostrophobic rarely have issues inside the massive tunnel!
The trail may be entered at the Sparta Depot located at 111 Milwaukee St Sparta Wi. Trail Fees Required
Trail passes are required for bikers 16 years of age and older. A daily trail pass is $4 and an annual pass is $20. These are good on any Wisconsin State Trail.
The La Crosse River State Trail
The La Crosse River Trail connects to the Elroy Sparta trail as well as the Bike 4 Trails program. This trail is 22 miles and connects La Crosse to Sparta rolling through the beautiful Coulee Region with stops in West Salem, Bangor, and Rockland. Don't forget to stop by Rockland Prairie State Natural Area as you roll through. The trail has a minimal grade to it and you will be sure to enjoy the peace and serenity as you follow along the La Crosse River.