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Elroy-Sparta Touring Trail

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Address: Elroy, WI
Phone Number: 608-463-7109
Activities: Hiking
Description: A 34-mile trail.

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Bring a flashlight or headlamp (or glow sticks)

This trail has been on our 'to do' list for a while. We found the trail easy to get to and took off from the Sparta Depot, which has bathroom facilities. There was plenty of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

This trail has been on our 'to do' list for a while. We found the trail easy to get to and took off from the Sparta Depot, which has bathroom facilities. There was plenty of parking when we arrived, but saw people parking on the street when we arrived back at the depot about mid afternoon. Check the trail maps... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

I was reliving my tour of this trail from 1980 when it was the only bike trail in the midwest. We had a beautiful day to ride 36 miles from Elroy back to our B&B in Sparta. The trail and tunnels are maintained in excellent condition. We stopped along the way in Norwalk for lunch.... the only minus would be... More 

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Not a fan of this trail. It is crushed limestone that is very dusty. Our bicycles water bottles were constantly covered in dirt. Not much along the trail as far as places to get fresh water, snacks or food. This trail would be beautiful if it was paved. Not many people out on it for a sunny, warm Saturday.

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Holmen, Wisconsin
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68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

During our Stay-cation of Monroe- County, one must visit the Elroy-Sparta Touring Trail. Bikes in the summer- snowmobiling and hiking in the Winter. This trail was the first of its kind in the United States - the reclaiming of a railroad bed. Over 30 miles long- bikes are available for rent in the summer. The trail moves around thru the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We biked the trail from Kendall to Sparta. It was great since the trail is downhill for the last 8 miles or so. However since that was heading west, it was into the wind. The trail is crushed gravel. It was fall so there was a lot of leaves and branches on the trail. The members of our group with... More 

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Vinton Iowa
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

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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350 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 485 helpful votes
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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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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Address: Address: Elroy, WI
Phone Number: 608-463-7109
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Elroy

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