Elroy-Sparta State Trail

Shuttle • 34 mi • 0 ft

This is an exceptionally beautiful trail with the added interest of three railroad tunnels along the route. Five pleasant trail towns are oriented toward “trail tourism” and cater to all types of users. Located in the heart of an Amish settlement area, the trail is linked to two other rail-trails at Elroy and one other at Sparta. Surface: Crushed limestone with wood-planked bridges.
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Activity Type: Rail-Trails
Nearby City: Elroy
Length: 34 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Shuttle
Season: Open year-round
Other Uses: Road bicycling, mountain biking, walking/day hiking, camping, swimming, fishing, snowmobiling, ADA
Local Contacts: Elroy-Sparta State Park Trail Headquarters
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Our day on the Sparta-Elroy was terrific! The weather was typical for late summer - early fall, slightly hazy sunshine and not too warm. The trail itself shows subtle signs of the seasons in the amount of tree debris present...noticable, but not enough to slow us down. We did the entire length from Sparta to Elroy and back in one day (72 miles total). We had a great time, but butts were dragging at the end.


Nice Ride. My advice... Skip the Elroy to Kendall portion. It is open, not too interesting and hot. .Use the shuttle service from Kendall to Sparta. Bike from Sparta to Kendall. 28 miles, all the tunnels and a nice, long downhill finish.

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