July 14, 2010

Rolling Through Summer

Four Wisconsin bicycling trails that will become your new favorites

Wisconsin is famous for fishing and boating, but some of the best outdoor attractions are the state’s outstanding bike trails.

Bicycling in Wisconsin in the summertime is ideal. The foliage is lush and green, the trails are generally in top condition and mosquitoes can’t catch you as you’re moving along on a bicycle. Plus, during the summer, the “breeze” you generate as you roll along helps to keep you cool, making it one of the best hot-weather activities you can find. If that’s not enough to get you moving on your bike, here are four of the most enticing bike trails in the Badger State.

Biking in Vilas CountyRazorback Ridges
When it comes to mountain biking trails, Razorback Ridges in Vilas County is in a class all its own. These phenomenal trails are maintained by the Sayner–Star Lake Lion’s Club and offer both challenging trail loops and sections suitable for beginners. The degree of difficulty for each trail loop is clearly marked. In total, there are 12 miles of trails.

Razorback Ridges is located two miles west of Sayner off County Highway N. The Razorback Ridges trail system links to the paved Plum Lake Trail, which in turn links to the paved trail systems of Boulder Junction and St. Germain. This interconnectedness makes Razorback Ridges the ideal place to start your Northwoods bicycling adventure. These are just a few of the many bike trails running throughout Vilas County.

Learn more about Razorback Ridges and find a complete list of Vilas County trails at www.vilas.org.

Biking in OnalaskaGreat River State Trail
The “Great River”  in the name of this trail stands for the Mississippi River. The Great River State Trail give riders a chance to experience the Mississippi River as it runs from Onalaska northward to Trempealeau.

Trail highlights include an exciting stretch running across a 287-foot former railroad trestle. Views of the bluffs and breathtaking wetlands thrill riders at every turn. Portions of the trail run near the river and other sections wind through wetlands and meadows.

In addition to the Great River State Trail, bicyclists in Onalaska can connect to the 21.5-mile La Crosse River State Trail, which follows the winding course of the La Crosse River eastward. Both trails are relatively flat and quite family-friendly.

The Great River State Trail and the La Crosse River State Trail are part of 101 miles of interconnected state trails that run through some of Wisconsin’s best bicycling country. You’ll find amenities at regular intervals along the route.

For more information on bicycling the Great River State Trail and the La Crosse River State Trail, visit www.discoveronalaska.com.

 

 

Blue Hills Trail System
Located between western Rusk County and the Rice Lake area, the Blue Hills trail system is one of Wisconsin’s best kept secrets.

The Blue Hills take their name from the lovely blue color they take on in the morning mist. Once a mountain range as large as the Smoky Mountains, they are now rolling foothills. Ten miles of mountain biking trails and logging roads run through this beautiful landscape of woods, ponds, tiny creeks and scenic vistas.

The trailhead for the Blue Hills Trail System is just two and a half miles north of Hwy O on the east side of Fire Lane Road. While you’re in the area, there are also a number of other excellent mountain biking trails, including Sister’s Farm Trail near the Rusk County community of Ladysmith.

For more information on trails in the area, visit www.ricelaketourism.com or www.ruskcountywi.com.

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