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Elroy-Sparta State Trail

Elroy, WI
+1 608-463-7109
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Riding The Nation's First Rail-Trail Should Be On Every Bike Enthusiasts Bucket List

We planned a long weekend trip to ride the entire length of this historic trail. Unfortunately, the... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2017
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Beautiful trail

My wife and I biked two 10 mile segments of this trail last weekend. Its beautiful, its woodsy and... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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A 34-mile trail.
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Elroy, WI

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Reviewed 10 October 2017

We planned a long weekend trip to ride the entire length of this historic trail. Unfortunately, the weather hampered most of our plans, but we were able to sneak in a few sections between rain storms. We rode from Norwalk west so we could experience...More

Thank kempro
Reviewed 5 October 2017

My wife and I biked two 10 mile segments of this trail last weekend. Its beautiful, its woodsy and mostly shaded with occasional views across beautiful hills and farmland. Its all chip trail (not paved). Its on old railroad bed and there are 3 tunnels,...More

1  Thank drmpowell
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

If you are a biking enthusiast, or even a beginner who's on the lookout for a good trail to start with, look no further; this trail, with it's three tunnels will have you addicted to biking! The trail runs from Elroy to Sparta, connecting the...More

1  Thank theonlytraveler
Reviewed 6 September 2017

What an enjoyable bike ride on this well maintained rail trail. We started out at the Kendall Depot (nice items to buy like lights to get through the tunnels if you forgot yours!), in the rain, which only meant very few on the trail with...More

1  Thank Carla V
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

We did the trail round trip from Sparta to Elroy and back. That was 68 miles. Next time I'll do it one way. Elroy to Sparta is net-downhill and that is the way to go.

1  Thank Terri M
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

I was traveling solo and did not know how I would do so I stayed in Wilton which is pretty much dead center. I biked the 2 tunnels in the morning and one tunnel in the afternoon. I rode 40 miles and it went by...More

2  Thank virginia g
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Starting in Sparta, I got an early start on the Elroy-Sparta trail. About 9 miles down the trail, I encountered tunnel 3 which is approximately 3/4 miles in length. Signage at the tunnel entrance recommends/suggests that bikes must be walked in the tunnel. Unless your...More

5  Thank Ben L
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Went with a large group of friends to do the trail in 2 days. 35 from Leroy to Sparta and then 35 from Sparta back to Leroy. Love the amazing tunnels and scenery. It's a very peaceful ride and nice little towns to stop at...More

2  Thank Terri B
Reviewed 27 July 2017

I've come back to bike here several times over about thirty years. Besides things growing not much has changed with the trail. The towns have been good at offering great places to eat or rest etc too. I visited in early July during the week....More

1  Thank JGluvsMexico
Reviewed 8 July 2017

We have been going on and off to this trail for over thirty years. Every year a group from our home town visits this trail in late June. The trail is an excellent ride, through quaint towns and neat tunnels. The trail was in the...More

4  Thank James G
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Jennifer F
16 October 2017|
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Response from virginia g | Reviewed this property |
Do not know about shuttle, if you stay in a town along the trail, then no need to pay for transportation. Plenty of options in Elroy, Sparta or Wilton where I stayed. Good luck!
6 October 2017|
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Response from drmpowell | Reviewed this property |
Longest tunnel is the one just west of Norwalk. If you start at the trailhead in Sparta its about 8-9 miles east. I was there last weekend, it was raining in about half of it. Water seeps thru the ground and drops in. Some... More
9 November 2016|
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Response from csoots2 | Reviewed this property |
I would not want to ride this with a rode bike. There are some sandy places on the trail, a lot of ruts and holes. We were there in the falI and there were a lot of leaves on the trail. I had the same thought before we rode... More