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Travel Wisconsin: Biking

Biking is a popular pastime in Wisconsin and contributes greatly to the state’s economy. Studies show that bicycling was reported as one of the top five favorite outdoor activities in our state, and last year alone there were over 150 bike-related events throughout the state.

 

With a wealth of paved bike routes connecting communities across the state, it is easy to grab your bike and hit the trails of Wisconsin. Here are three cycling adventures to get out and take in the state’s natural attractions.

 

La Crosse

The La Crosse region is a bicycler’s dream destination. Ride 21 miles between Sparta and La Crosse along the La Crosse River State Trail bike path that runs parallel to an active rail line.

  • Bike through the Mississippi River Valley and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the bluffs and America's mightiest waterway.
  • Every good cycling adventure starts at a coffee shop, and The Root Note in La Crosse provides delicious, seasonal crepes and coffee, as well as live music later in the evening.
  • Each year the La Crosse area holds a Labor Day Weekend Bicycle Festival to celebrate biking as the summer season comes to an end. It is a four-day event with a different group ride each day.

 

Milwaukee

Milwaukee is a true biking city. Not only is there commuting access and many quirky biking events, but they also have two unique trails to bike.

  • The Oak Leaf Trail runs alongside an abandoned railroad. It starts at the lakefront and goes through rural areas along the Milwaukee River.
  • The Hank Aaron State Trail, is located in the Menomonee River Valley and will take you past historical markers, artwork and wetlands preservation, all part of a once-industrial area.
  • No bike? No problem. Just rent a bike with Bublr. With low-cost options including an hourly pass, visitors can easily pick up a bike at one station and drop it off at another station in the city’s network.

 

The CAMBA Bike Trails

The Chequamegon National Forest is a biker's playground thanks to an excellent CAMBA trail system. 

  • The extensive Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association's CAMBA Trail System features 28 trails and more than 300 miles of riding, making it one of the top mountain bike trail systems in the country.
  • Every year, off-road cyclists from across the country make a late summer pilgrimage to the Cable area for the annual Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival competition.
  • A number of single-track trails have been added to give advanced riders even more challenging options. One of the best is Telemark Terrain Park, a challenging technical trail that traverses wooded areas between old Telemark ski slopes. 

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