Best Bike Trails in Wisconsin and Minnesota

Best Bike Trails in Wisconsin and Minnesota


The Glacial Drumlin State Trail

The Glacial Drumlin State Trail is a bike trail legend in Wisconsin. It runs 52 miles between Cottage Grove and the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha. The fairly level grade and smooth limestone and asphalt surfaces make this 52-mile trail suitable for bicyclists, walkers and joggers. There is a section of the trail near the town of Dousman that has been paved with asphalt suitable for in-line skating. Not only is the trail used for day-time activities, the surrounding areas comprise a great campsite. Also, if you’re a camper, make sure to check out areas in which you can camp, which include: the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, Lake Kegonsa State Park, Capital Springs State Recreation Area and at at the Sandhill Station State Campground.

400 State Trail

The Wisconsin 400 State Trail is located between Reedsburg and Elroy. There are many enchanting towns with picturesque scenery between Reedsburg and Elroy, they include: La Valle- 7 miles from Reedsburg, Wonewoc- 7 miles from La Valle; and Union Center- 4 miles from either Wonewoc or Elroy. The 400 State Trail offers beautiful scenery, bountiful wildlife, sandstone outcroppings, rolling farmland and runs parallel with the Baraboo River. The 400 State Trail has something to offer in every season.
Another feature of the 400 Trail is a 7 mile horse trail which parallels the trail between Wonewoc and La Valle. The 400 State Trail is part of the 101 State Trail System and links with the Elroy-Sparta State Trail, the La Crosse River State Trail and the Great River State Trail.


The Mesabi Trail

Located in northeastern Minnesota, the Mesabi Trail is a premier bicycle trail winding through some of the most scenic parts of the state. Currently over 120 miles of trail offer convenient accessibility at numerous entry points. But there’s more to look forward to! When completed, this well-mapped and well-maintained trail will traverse over 155 miles connecting 28 communities, making it one of the longest paved trails in the United States.
The roads once served as logging and general industrial roads but now they offer fun activities such as biking, inline skating hiking or walking. Winter activities may include fat tire biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter hiking- but the trail is not necessarily groomed for these activities. Some portions of the trail offer snowmobile access, perfect for Minnesota winters.

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area

This area was once mining pits and rock deposits, but it now boasts regenerated vegetation and clear lakes that draw a wide range of recreation enthusiasts. Twenty-five miles of natural shoreline can be explored by boat or canoe or you can stick to the many activities (hiking, jogging, walking, biking) that you can do on the nearly 5,000 acres of land.