Kettle Moraine South

Whitewater, Wisconsin

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Kettle Moraine south is the most rigorous of the trails. For Chicagoland mountain bikers, it's the nearest taste of what real Wisconsin mountain biking is all about. Part of Kettle Moraine is the John Muir Trail, the best of breed for local mountain biking. It's also quite crowded on weekends. The drive out to Kettle Moraine takes a turn for the better as soon as you turn off I-94: You leave behind the land of condominiums and overcrowded suburbs, and farm country kicks in. At the intersection of Highway H and Greening Road, just before you reach the trail, you'll come upon a corner store that doubles as a bike shop. Pick up a free trail map inside and you're sure to stop in afterward . Sandwiches are made with croissants, an assortment of fresh salads in the deli case, and everything from bottled water to beer is in the fridge. Before you hit the trail, be sure to pay for your parking permit ($7.00) and trail pass ($3.00). Though it looks like a measly little parking lot, park officials frequently roam the trails and outer limits of the park. A brown wooded sign offers a carved, color-coded rendition of the trail loops. Things to see: Mountainous terrain.
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by Christopher Percy Collier (The Globe Pequot Press)

Kettle Moraine south is the most rigorous of the trails. For Chicagoland mountain bikers, it's the nearest taste of what real Wisconsin mountain biking is all about. Part of Kettle Moraine is the John Muir Trail, the best of breed for local mountain biking. It's also quite crowded on weekends. The drive out to Kettle Moraine takes a turn for the better as soon as you turn off I-94: You leave behind the land of condominiums and overcrowded suburbs, and farm country kicks in. At the intersection of Highway H and Greening Road, just before you reach the trail, you'll come upon a corner store that doubles as a bike shop.

Pick up a free trail map inside and you're sure to stop in afterward . Sandwiches are made with croissants, an assortment of fresh salads in the deli case, and everything from bottled water to beer is in the fridge. Before you hit the trail, be sure to pay for your parking permit ($7.00) and trail pass ($3.00). Though it looks like a measly little parking lot, park officials frequently roam the trails and outer limits of the park. A brown wooded sign offers a carved, color-coded rendition of the trail loops. Things to see: Mountainous terrain.

©  Christopher Percy Collier/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Whitewater
Distance: 7.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Riding Time: 3.5 hours
Season: Best spring to fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Kettle Moraine South

Recent Trail Reviews

7/20/2008
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5/18/2005
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The mountain biking trails are great- John Muir for the more adventurous, Emma Carlin and the connector for the single track but less technical ride. GET A TRAIL PASS. The ticket for parking or riding without a pass is $15. The corner store, which also sells the trail passes, has FABULOUS food. Also have supplies for your bike, and have both mountain and road bike rentals. You can also park your car at the store parking lot, and ride the 1.5 miles to the trailhead for the John Muir trails. This will save you $7! Pine Woods campground is nearby, and has very comfy campsites that are more like camping in the woods than putting a tent up in a parking lot. Road cycling is decent, although can get heavy on the traffic on the weekends.



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