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.

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#1. Elroy-Sparta State Trail


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 user…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Elroy, WI - Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Walking - 34 miles Best Trail in wi - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Glacial Drumlin State Trail


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 crossing…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Waukesha, WI - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 52.4 miles
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#3. Military Ridge State Trail


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 trail…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Verona, WI - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 42.2 miles
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#4. Bearskin State Trail


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 granite…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Minocqua, WI - Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 18.2 miles
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#5. Capital City Trail


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 to th…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Madison, WI - Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 6.8 miles
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#6. Interurban Trail


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 segme…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Cedarburg, WI - Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 25 miles
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#7. Chippewa River State Trail


Scenic highlights at broad river bends and lush bottomland forest await you on the Chippewa River State Trail. The trail connects to the Red Cedar State Trail via an impressive 860-foot-long trestle,…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Eau Claire, WI - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Walking - 25.2 miles
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#8. Bugline Trail


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 surface…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Menomonee Falls, WI - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 13.7 miles
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#9. The "400" State Trail


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 touris…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Reedsburg, WI - Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 29.5 miles
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#10. Sugar River State Trail


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 New Gl…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
New Glarus, WI - Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 23.1 miles
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#11. Ahnapee State Trail


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 opens up…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Sturgeon Bay, WI - Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 33.3 miles
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#12. Oakleaf Trail


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 and Nort…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Milwaukee, WI - Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 5.5 miles
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#13. Gandy Dancer Trail


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 trailhead…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Saint Croix Falls, WI - Birding, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 47.1 miles
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#14. Red Cedar State Trail


Bald eagle sightings are common throughout the year. Great river scenery and an 860-foot-long trestle are highlights of the trail, along with the historic city of Menomonie, two quaint small river vil…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Menomonie, WI - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Snowshoeing, Walking - 14.2 miles
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#15. Glacial River Trail


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 secti…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Fort Atkinson, WI - Cross-Country Skiing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 8.3 miles
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#16. Great River State Trail


A beautiful collection of rivers great and small, a unique Mississippi River town, and three vast wildlife refuges are encountered along this trail. Near Perrot State Park, one of Wisconsin’s most b…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Onalaska, WI - Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Snowshoeing, Walking - 24.4 miles
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#17. Old Abe State Trail


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 Old A…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Cornell, WI - Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 18.1 miles
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#18. Omaha Trail


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. Crossi…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Elroy, WI - Fishing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Walking - 13.9 miles
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#19. Osaugie Trail


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 at…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Superior, WI - Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 5.2 miles
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#20. Wild Goose State Trail


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 detour…
From the guidebook "Rails To Trails: Wisconsin"
Fond due Lac, WI - Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking - 33.7 miles
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