Considered the first rail-to-trail in the United States, the Elroy-Sparta State Trail remains one of the most popular trails in the country. With three rock tunnels and five small towns along its 32.5-mile route, the trail is a favorite Wisconsin bicycling destination. Traveling between Sparta and Elroy, the trail stretches through the communities of Norwalk, Wilton and Kendall, passing by wetlands, prairies, farmland and unglaciated areas.
The three century-old railroad tunnels highlight the trail. The tunnels near Kendall and Wilton are each about 0.25 miles long. The tunnel between Norwalk and Sparta is 0.75 miles long. Flashlights and jackets are recommended in the tunnels. The tunnels are dark and cool, even on the brightest days, and water from springs above the tunnels can trickle onto the trail. Bikers should walk bikes through the tunnels. The trail may be entered at the Elroy Commons in Elroy or ½ mile northwest of Elroy on Hwy. 71.This would be the meeting spot.
A bike trail pass is required $4.00 day or $20.00 for year. Can be purchased at start of trail.
Option one is to ride from Elroy to Sparta 32 miles, stay the night in Sparta or in the DNR campsite. Option 2 is to ride to Sparta and back for a total of 64 miles, with a stop in Sparta for a break and food.
Let me know which you prefer. We can do either depending on the number of people.
Drivers are available for a fee to ride with you in your vehicle to the area where you wish to begin your bike trip. After you get your bikes and equipment unloaded the driver will take your vehicle back to the Kendall Depot. If you have 2 sets of keys the driver will lock the set he uses in your vehicle.
The Headquarters in Kendall is open May 1 - October 31. Phone [masked] for more information, drivers fees and reservations.
http://www.elroy-sparta-trail.com/ a link for information and a trail map.
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