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Elroy-Sparta Touring Trail

Elroy, WI
608-463-7109
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Elroy
Type: Biking Trails, Hiking Trails, Tours
Activities: Hiking
Traveler Description: The Elroy Sparta trail is a 34 mile bike trail on an abandoned railroad bed.  There are three tunnels on the route, one of which is very long and... more »
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Vinton Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

My husband and I biked the whole trail, the furthest I had been before was 22 miles. WE stayed at Amil's B and B in Wilton, which is very nice. Dorset Valley is great for supper. The approach to each tunnel on the trail is a slow incline for a couple miles. But it's fun going downhill. Definitely need flash... More

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San Juan Cosala, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I grew up in the area and have fond memories of biking the trail with my family over the past forty years. I've since biked most of the trails and many of the roads in Wisconsin and this is still my favorite place. The tunnels are unique and the towns well spaced for rest or snacks. I've biked it in... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The first -- and still the best -- bike trail in Wisconsin, and one of the best anywhere. You'll love the fabulous scenery and the pleasant forests. Established on an abondoned railroad line, the grades are gentle, making it a great family trail. And, of course, the three tunnels are stupendous. Kids (of all ages) will never forget it this... More

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Trails were in excellent condition. I expected the trail to be over crowded on this last weekend of summer but it wasn't especially on Sunday when we practically had the trail to ourselves. Bring lights for the tunnel. They've been resurfaced and are fun to travel through. Some services along the way. Always a good time.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We road tunnel trail almost every year when our kids were growing up. Our favorite place to camp was Tunnel Trail Campground. You can either bring your own bikes or rent them here if you want the experience minus the hauling of bikes. We liked to hitch a ride courtesy of the campground for a fee to the long tunnel... More

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Joliet, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I cycled the Elroy/Sparta trail this weekend. The three tunnels are beyond words. The longest tunnel is 3810 feet over 3/4 of a mile in length. Any cyclist who enjoys the environment they cycle in will not want to miss this experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Four of us (60+) rode Elroy-Sparta Trail over two days. Stayed just south of Wilton, which is middle of 35 mile trail. Highly recommend Amil's B&B, which I'll review separately. We biked southeast toward Elroy & back to Wilton one afternoon. Biked northwest to Sparta and back to Wilton with break for lunch second day. If you bike near Wilton... More

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Menomonie, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We are accustom to the Red Cedar Trail between Menomonie and Eau Claire. Overall flat and mix of blacktop and some crushed rock. We have biked over 65 miles in a day so we tackled this trail...never thinking to consider elevation.we put in at Sparta and would guess from tunnel three to tunnel one all but about 5 miles was... More

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Spirit Lake
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is a really fun and scenic bike trail and just fine for the novice and experienced biker. the three railroad tunnel are quite a site as well. No big hills and a max 3% incline. the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it is not paved but the surface is hard packed clay with a... More

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We recently took the family on this trail and found it easy to ride. It is fairly level and the kids love the tunnels. Since it is an old train track, the grade is easy for younger riders. Bikers get to ride in the valleys next to streams and agricultural fields as well as forests. Bathrooms along the way are... More

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