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

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Rode here on 4th of July, not too busy. Started in Sparta at depot paid $4 each for day paces. it is about 9 miles gradual up hill to tunnel ( approx. 3/4 of a mile long... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Rode here on 4th of July, not too busy. Started in Sparta at depot paid $4 each for day paces. it is about 9 miles gradual up hill to tunnel ( approx. 3/4 of a mile long tunnel). tunnel is dark so flashlights are needed and wet from dripping water, but ok on a hot day. then about 3- 4... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 892 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Overall it's a great trail. $4 for a day pass. We spent 2 days. First we went from Norwalk to Kendall about 30 miles round trip. Wonderful scenery, even saw an Amish buggy on the highway. Went through the 2 shorter tunnels on this ride. Second day we ride from Sparta to Norwalk about 25.5 miles round trip. The first... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We were staying in Tomah, about 20 mi north of Wilmont. Wilmont is a little town and the trail head was easy to find with ample parking and a nice caboose visitor center. Signs alerted us to the fact that we needed a trail pass. I hoped we could get them in the caboose, however it was unmanned. Lots of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

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 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

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 3 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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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 40 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 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 114 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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Address: Elroy, WI
Phone Number: 608-463-7109
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Elroy

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