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Great River Trail

Onalaska, WI 54650
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Onalaska
Type: Biking Trails, Sports
Activities: Biking
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New Brighton, Minnesota, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Challenging to get to from where we started - at the Onalask Ice Arena. Once we found the trail it was a lovely ride. Plenty of other parking spots along the trail.

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San Juan Cosala, Mexico
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22 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We rode the GRT after riding the Elroy-Sparta Trail this fall and there's no comparison. The ES is much better. There isn't much scenery and the trail cross heavy traffic a few times. The route through Onalaska can be confusing and is poorly marked. I thought the trail condition was poor. We had a light rain and the trail became... More

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Milwaukee
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

didn't see any wildlife, really wanted to see an eagle. but there were great views too many mosquitos

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Rudolph, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The Great River Trail is not by a river.If you like biking thru marshland & prairie lands you will enjoy this trail.It was shaded most of the time.Dissapointed...Not scenic look we thought it would be. We biked the full 25 miles to Marshland.Just to let you know there is nothing in Marshland no food or drinks.Be perpared....

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Naperville, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

After biking Elroy-Sparta Trail, we tagged on the Great River Trail on Aug 1 before departing for home. We only had time to bike north about 10 miles from Onalaska and back, so this review only addresses that part of the trail. The portion closest to Onalaska is the prettiest, with occasional views of the river. As you go further... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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402 reviews 402 reviews
177 attraction reviews
285 helpful votes 285 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The Great River State Trail is 25 miles long and runs from Marshland, WI to Onalaska, WI and is also connected to three other trails that will take you another 75 miles (all the way to Reedsburg, WI). It generally follows the western bank of the Mississippi in River in western Wisconsin. The trail is built on an old railroad... More

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La Crosse Wi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Love to be on this hiking trail any time of the day but especially at sunset. Wind up or begin at the Onalaska sunfish sculpture for view into MN that will take your breath away.

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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I live nearby and have been using this trail for years. I'd give it 5 stars except that it needs a bit more maintenance from time to time. Starting on the south end (Onalaska) there are nice Mississippi River views. Most of the rest of the trail goes through farmland, prairies and lowlands. It's crushed packed limestone, so skinny tired... More

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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

This is a great bike trail that can take you all the way to Trempeleau or a connecting trail to downtown La Crosse. Good views of Lake Onalaska and some prairie lands.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Beautiful 13 mile trail between Onalaska and Trempealeau Wisconsin, right along the MIssissippi for part of the stretch. We love to bike up to the Trempealeau Hotel for dinner or drinks on the deck, and look out over the river. It is an awesome trip, and we do it a lot in the summer and fall.

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