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Elroy-Sparta Trail

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*Please note that use of state trails requires either an annual pass (available at Michael's Cycles), or a daily pass (available at locations near the trails).

This is the granddaddy of them all! The Elroy-Sparta Trail was the first rails-to-trails conversion in the country and it is perennially one of the most popular bicycling destinations in the state.  Located in one of the few flat surfaces in a land of narrow valleys and steep wooded bluffs.  It is located in Hidden Valleys Country and passes through a portion of the unglaciated areas of Wisconsin exemplifying the natural beauty of our State.

           The Elroy-Sparta State Trail is the property of the State of Wisconsin and is part of its State Trails System.

            The trail is 32 miles in length on the abandoned Chicago & Northwestern Railroad bed and passes through three rock tunnels. The Kendall and Wilton tunnels are ¼ mile long and the Norwalk tunnel is ¾ mile long. The trail is covered with limestone screenings and provides a smooth riding surface. The bridges are covered with planks and are guarded with railings.

            The trail may be entered at the Elroy Commons in Elroy or ½ mile northwest of Elroy on Hwy. 71, or continue on Hwy. 71 to the Village of Kendall - the Trail Headquarters is at the old Kendall Depot, or enter at Wilton or Norwalk on Hwy. 71, or southeast of Sparta near Hwys. 16 and 71.


For more information regarding trail fees, rentals and other, go to the Elroy-Sparta Trail headquarter's website:


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