Biking Wisconsin

Wisconsin's many miles of trails and varied terrain make it an ideal place for bicycling. The League of American Bicyclists ranked Wisconsin No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the Midwest for bicycling.

There are more than one thousand miles of great off-road bicycling opportunities on public lands throughout Wisconsin. (DNR Link)

Beginning in northern Wisconsin, several trails travel along old railroad beds, lakes, and creeks. The Gandy Dancer Trail is a 98-mile recreational trail that follows the old Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie railroad grade from St. Croix Falls north to Superior. The Polk County Information Center in St. Croix Falls, offers information on the many attractions along the Trail as well as in the County.

Stower Seven Lakes
Stower Seven Lakes State Trail opened a few years ago. This county-operated 14 mile trail begins in Amery at Harriman Avenue, travels through the communities of Deronda, Wanderoos and Nye, ending about one mile from Dresser at 90th Avenue. Along the trail, a bicyclist passes through maple and oak forests, wetlands, prairies and farmlands, and picturesque lakes.

Northeastern Wisconsin also has it's share of bicycle trails. The Heart of Vilas County Hike & Bike Trail is a paved 27 mile stretch that runs from Boulder Junction to St. Germain. While bicycling, stop at Nichol's Lake for some picnicking and swimming. Continue biking the 2.5 mile Nichol’s Beach Bike Trail. If you need to rent a bike, try Coon Tail Sports.

The paved Old Plank Road Bike Trail is located in the far eastern part of Wisconsin. It is a hilly 17-mile bike trail which parallels Hwy 23. In the 1800's the highway was an old plank road. The Back Door Bike Shop located, in Plymouth, offers bike repairs and information about the area.

The driftless area of far west central area of Wisconsin has never touched by glaciers. The Driftless Area is characterized by its beautifully sculpted topography. You can get on your bike and wind your way through magnificent scenery. The Coon Prairie Bike Trail is paved and travels between Viroqua and Westby. Don’t overlook Sidie Hollow County Park. The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is 16 miles away and has 20 plus miles of bike riding trails.

Jefferson County of southern Wisconsin is defined by arts, antiques, lakes, rivers, wildlife areas, state forests, small towns and hamlets like Cambridge. You could say it’s the ideal spot for urban escapees and bike riding enthusiasts.

The nearby Glacial River Bike Trail runs along Hwy 26 along a converted railroad bed. You can pick up the Glacial DrumlinState Bike Trail nearby, as well as the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. But you have to love the Low Stress Bike Trail for the name alone – it runs from Fort Atkinson to Cambridge.

The SugarRiver State Bike Trail, just north of Brodhead, was the state’s first rails-to-trails conversion. The
covered bridge over a creek is a pretty stop for pictures, and there are several picnic areas along the way in Albany and Monticello. Rustic Road #27, north of Brodhead, is perfect for biking. Its Park Road offers excellent views of high bluffs and dense woods providing scenic view along the bike path.

 Biking is a healthy and family oriented experience that can be enjoyed by anyone, with any level of cycling ability. Bicycling though Wisconsin offers beautiful scenery and wildlife sightings.