From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Elroy-Sparta State Trail Conditions as of Wednesday, June 25, 2008: After two weeks of repairing damage from storms and flooding, the trail and its campgrounds are open for use. The depots at Kendall and Sparta as well as the Elroy Commons are open.
Note: This is a 3-day weekend ride, offering three guided trail tours, Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29. Come for just a day or all three! The weekend is based out of Wilton, WI, at the midpoint of the Elroy-Sparta trail. If you prefer a road ride, choose Triple Chainring Weekend, which is also based out of Wilton on the same weekend. The
Elroy-Sparta Trail is America's first Rails-to-Trails conversion, known for its 3 tunnels. This is a very flat trail, with very gradual grades leading up to each of the tunnels. The trail has a very hard packed crushed limestone and clay surface. A trail bike is preferred, but a road bike could also be used. You'll need to have a headlight for your bicycle or bring a flashlight to make your way through the tunnels. Jeff, our ride leader for the trail rides, invites you to join him at the Village of Wilton Campground, where he will set up camp for the weekend. Friday's ride starts in the afternoon, giving you time to get to Wilton, set up camp and have lunch before the ride. Sunday's ride starts in the morning, allowing you time after your ride to have lunch, take down camp and return home. Reservations are not needed for this campground and the cost is $5 per night. See
Wilton Accommodations and Reservations below for other options. After the rides on Friday and Saturday, we'll have group dinners with the road riders. We've also done trail rides at night in past years.
Note: A Wisconsin state trail pass is required to ride on the Elroy-Sparta Trail. There are many places in Wilton where you may purchase either a daily or annual trail pass.
Friday: Elroy (30 miles) Friday's ride goes to the east end of the trail, to the town of Elroy, passing through a 1/4 mile tunnel along the way.
Plan to arrive at the start location, the Village of Wilton Campground, at 12 noon for lunch. We will push-off promptly at 1:00 PM.
Saturday: Sparta (40 miles) Saturday's ride goes to the west end of the trail, passing through 2 tunnels, to the town of Sparta. One tunnel is a 1/4 mile long while the other is 3/8 of a mile in length. A lunch stop is planned while in Sparta, proclaimed to be the Bicycling Capital of America, along with visit with Ben Biken, atop the World's Largest Bicycle.
Plan to arrive at the start location, the Village of Wilton Campground, between 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM for breakfast. We will push-off promptly at 9:30 AM.
Sunday: Elroy (30 miles) Sunday's ride, a repeat of Friday's ride, goes to the east end of the trail, to the town of Elroy, passing through a 1/4 mile tunnel along the way.
Plan to arrive at the start location, the Village of Wilton Campground, at 7:00 AM for breakfast. We will push-off promptly at 8:00 AM.
Wilton Accommodations and Reservations Ron has reserved all 4 rooms at the
Mid-Trail Motel in Wilton. Contact Ron if you wish to reserve one of these rooms. The cost is $100 per room, which covers both Friday and Saturday night. These are available on a first-come/first-served basis. Two of these rooms have 2 beds, so you may share your room and reduce your expenses if you wish. The
Elroy-Sparta Trail website lists several B&B's in Wilton and 2 campgrounds, including the Village of Wilton Campground, which is walking distance from several restaurants and stores. There are also many motel options in the nearby towns of
Tomah. Contact Ron if you wish to reserve a motel room at the Mid-Trail Motel. Otherwise, please make your own motel, B&B or camping reservation to suite your needs.