Best Rail-Trails in Wisconsin

This list represents the most popular rail-trails in Wisconsin. Use this list to plan your next Wisconsin rail-trails trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Elroy-Sparta State Trail

    5 Reviews

    Elroy, WI

    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 ...
    •  34 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an exceptionally beautiful trail with the added interest of three railroad tunnels along the route. Five pleasant ...

  • #2 Glacial Drumlin State Trail

    1 Reviews

    Waukesha, WI

    You’ll experience a variety of scenery, from rolling glacial hills to vast marshes to great rivers, along the Glacial Drumlin State Trail. Also of note; a glacial lake, a bison herd, and five ...
    •  52.4 miles
    •  Guide

    You’ll experience a variety of scenery, from rolling glacial hills to vast marshes to great rivers, along the Glacial Drumlin ...

  • #3 Military Ridge State Trail

    2 Reviews

    Verona, WI

    The Military Ridge State Trail affords beautiful views from the ridgetop, passes through interesting trail towns, and provides access to Blue Mound State Park and Governor Dodge State Park. The ...
    •  42.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Military Ridge State Trail affords beautiful views from the ridgetop, passes through interesting trail towns, and provides ...

  • #4 Bearskin State Trail

    1 Reviews

    Minocqua, WI

    Ride from the thriving resort town of Minocqua into the heart of the Northwoods wilderness, enjoying scenic lake views and a fine city park near the Minocqua trailhead. Surface: Finely crushed ...
    •  18.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Ride from the thriving resort town of Minocqua into the heart of the Northwoods wilderness, enjoying scenic lake views and ...

  • #5 Capital City Trail

    0 Reviews

    Madison, WI

    Access to Olbrich Gardens, views of the State Capitol building, Lake Monona, and the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center are highlights of the Capital City Trail. Soon it will connect ...
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Access to Olbrich Gardens, views of the State Capitol building, Lake Monona, and the Monona Terrace Community and Convention ...

  • #6 Interurban Trail

    1 Reviews

    Cedarburg, WI

    You’ll enjoy idyllic views from the Cedar Creek bridge in Cedarburg, a beautiful village with nineteenth-century character and interesting cafes and shops. Surface: Crushed stone on the northern ...
    •  25 miles
    •  Guide

    You’ll enjoy idyllic views from the Cedar Creek bridge in Cedarburg, a beautiful village with nineteenth-century character ...

  • #7 Bugline Trail

    0 Reviews

    Menomonee Falls, WI

    This is a surprisingly secluded trail in a sprawling metropolitan area. An active quarry and three parks enroute add to the interest. Surface: Crushed limestone, wood-planked bridges; natural ...
    •  13.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a surprisingly secluded trail in a sprawling metropolitan area. An active quarry and three parks enroute add to the ...

  • #8 The "400" State Trail

    0 Reviews

    Reedsburg, WI

    The “400” is a pleasant trail with many river crossings and five towns en route. The easternmost link of a 100-mile rail-trail system, it’s near Wisconsin Dells, one of the state’s most popular ...
    •  29.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The “400” is a pleasant trail with many river crossings and five towns en route. The easternmost link of a 100-mile rail-trail ...

  • #9 Sugar River State Trail

    0 Reviews

    New Glarus, WI

    New Glarus is a wonderfully hospitable town with a strong Swiss heritage. Marsh and dairy farm scenery and pleasant trail towns are found along the trail. Surface: The first 0.3 mile south from ...
    •  23.1 miles
    •  Guide

    New Glarus is a wonderfully hospitable town with a strong Swiss heritage. Marsh and dairy farm scenery and pleasant trail ...

  • #10 Ahnapee State Trail

    0 Reviews

    Sturgeon Bay, WI

    The trail was once the route of the Ahnapee & Western Railroad. Trains served the countryside by hauling the bounty of the land lumber and farm products—to the lake ports. Today the rail bed ...
    •  33.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail was once the route of the Ahnapee & Western Railroad. Trains served the countryside by hauling the bounty of the ...

  • #11 Oakleaf Trail

    0 Reviews

    Milwaukee, WI

    A surprisingly secluded trail in the midst of Milwaukee, the Oakleaf Trail has great views of Lake Michigan plus all the services and attractions a city like Milwaukee can offer. The Chicago ...
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A surprisingly secluded trail in the midst of Milwaukee, the Oakleaf Trail has great views of Lake Michigan plus all the ...

  • #12 Gandy Dancer Trail

    0 Reviews

    Saint Croix Falls, WI

    The Gandy Dancer has a nice mix of woodlot, farm, marsh, and lake scenery, with frequent services at nine communities along the trail. An exceptionally scenic state park is near the southern ...
    •  47.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The Gandy Dancer has a nice mix of woodlot, farm, marsh, and lake scenery, with frequent services at nine communities along ...

  • #13 Glacial River Trail

    0 Reviews

    Fort Atkinson, WI

    The Glacial River Trail has a fascinating prehistoric and historic Native American heritage. There are interesting museums in the pleasant town of Fort Atkinson. Surface: Asphalt on the northern ...
    •  8.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The Glacial River Trail has a fascinating prehistoric and historic Native American heritage. There are interesting museums ...

  • #14 Old Abe State Trail

    0 Reviews

    Cornell, WI

    Wonderful views of the broad Chippewa River and woodland scenery permeate the Old Abe Trail. Along the way you’ll visit Brunet Island State Park and the interesting city of Chippewa Falls. The ...
    •  18.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Wonderful views of the broad Chippewa River and woodland scenery permeate the Old Abe Trail. Along the way you’ll visit Brunet ...

  • #15 Osaugie Trail

    0 Reviews

    Superior, WI

    The Osaugie Trail features great views of the Twin Ports harbor, interesting museums and historic sites, and city services. There are many crossings at city streets, as well as two gravel crossings ...
    •  5.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Osaugie Trail features great views of the Twin Ports harbor, interesting museums and historic sites, and city services. ...

  • #16 Omaha Trail

    0 Reviews

    Elroy, WI

    You’ll pass through a block-and-a-half-long railroad tunnel and exquisite bluff country scenery along the Omaha Trail. Near Mill Bluff State Park, it connects to a 100-mile rail-trail system. ...
    •  13.9 miles
    •  Guide

    You’ll pass through a block-and-a-half-long railroad tunnel and exquisite bluff country scenery along the Omaha Trail. Near ...

  • #17 Wild Goose State Trail

    0 Reviews

    Fond due Lac, WI

    This quiet trail that skirts the west side of the vast Horicon National Wildlife Refuge is a haven for songbirds. There are pleasant parks in Juneau and Oakfield. There is a 1.6-mile on-road ...
    •  33.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This quiet trail that skirts the west side of the vast Horicon National Wildlife Refuge is a haven for songbirds. There are ...

  • #18 La Crosse River State Trail

    0 Reviews

    Medary, WI

    Set in a quiet rural area, the La Crosse River State Trail passes through pleasant small towns. It connects to the Great River State Trail and the Elroy-Sparta State Trail. Surface: Crushed limestone ...
    •  21.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Set in a quiet rural area, the La Crosse River State Trail passes through pleasant small towns. It connects to the Great ...

  • #19 Red Cedar State Trail

    2 Reviews

    Menomonie, WI

    Red Cedar State Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Menomonie, Wisconsin. It is 14.6 miles long and begins at 730 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 29.1 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  14.6 miles

    Red Cedar State Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Menomonie, Wisconsin. It is 14.6 miles long and begins at 730 feet ...

  • #20 Chippewa River State Trail

    2 Reviews

    Durand, WI

    Chippewa River State Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Durand, Wisconsin. It is 16.8 miles long and begins at 722 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 33.7 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  16.8 miles

    Chippewa River State Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Durand, Wisconsin. It is 16.8 miles long and begins at 722 feet ...