Five Arch Cruise

Beloit, Wisconsin

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With hundreds of miles of bike-friendly roads, the options here are endless for exploring the cultural, historical, and natural attractions of southern Rock County. The cruise leaves from a city with a name that was coined from a French word meaning “handsome ground” and heads west. As you ride along a tree-lined lane, you will soon arrive at an 1860s water-powered gristmill open for tours most weekends. Farther west visit the site of a river town that met its demise after a railroad merger. Now rolling through farm fields up to Orfordville, the route soon circles east to a village named after a hymn sung at a town meeting. You then cross over the Rock River and pass through a stagecoach village on Turtle Creek. As you cross the creek you will see a remarkable railroad bridge, of European design, that was built in 1855 and is still in use today. You then circle back on the south bank of the creek and pass another village, given the French name for “limestone,” before returning to Beloit.
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by M. Russ Lowthian (Falcon Guides)

With hundreds of miles of bike-friendly roads, the options here are endless for exploring the cultural, historical, and natural attractions of southern Rock County. The cruise leaves from a city with a name that was coined from a French word meaning “handsome ground” and heads west. As you ride along a tree-lined lane, you will soon arrive at an 1860s water-powered gristmill open for tours most weekends. Farther west visit the site of a river town that met its demise after a railroad merger.

Now rolling through farm fields up to Orfordville, the route soon circles east to a village named after a hymn sung at a town meeting. You then cross over the Rock River and pass through a stagecoach village on Turtle Creek. As you cross the creek you will see a remarkable railroad bridge, of European design, that was built in 1855 and is still in use today. You then circle back on the south bank of the creek and pass another village, given the French name for “limestone,” before returning to Beloit.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Beloit
Distance: 62
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Spring through fall
Local Contacts: Beloit Convention & Visitors Bureau
Local Maps: DeLorme: Wisconsin Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 29 D4.
Driving Directions: Directions to Five Arch Cruise

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