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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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A Winter and Summer Gem!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
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Holmen, Wisconsin
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130 reviews 130 reviews
59 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 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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151 reviews 151 reviews
34 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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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262 attraction reviews
364 helpful votes 364 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
2 helpful votes 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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Joliet, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Naperville, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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