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Elroy-Sparta Touring Trail

Elroy, WI
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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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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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Waupun, Wisconsin
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My wife and I biked this trail from Elroy to Sparta. It was our first time traveling anywhere to bike on trails and it was a great choice. You can call the Sparta Chamber of Commerce and there are volunteers that for a small fee will take you from Sparta to Elroy or vice versa. The trails are fantastic in... More

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door county
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

So much to love about this trail! Excellent trail, tunnels were refreshing and people were friendly! Only thing that would have made our trail ride better would have been a sign letting us know how close we were to each tunnel.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We took two days to ride the trails. On our first day we rode from Sparta to Norwalk going thru the longest tunnel. BE SURE TO BRING A FLASHLIGHT!!! Tunnel was phenomenal - my kids loved it (ages 9-13-17 and19). Glad we dressed right as well as its cold and wet on the inside. On our second day, we rode... More

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