August 21, 2014

Easy Riding this Fall

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Five bike trails for everyone

Fall is the ideal time for a biking getaway. The cool weather and wonderful scenery make pedaling a pleasure. These five trails are suitable for every rider.

Middleton – Community Trail System

Middleton’s award-winning community trail system is the perfect destination for a fall ride. The system consists of a network of bike paths, bike lanes and sidewalks. It connects bicyclists to parks and businesses throughout the community. During the fall, the best scenery can be found in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy. Ponds throughout the conservancy attract migrating ducks, geese and wading birds. The conservancy’s forests dazzle with autumn color. A 3.5-mile loop around the entire conservancy is a great fall ride.

Vilas County – St. Germain Bike and Hike Trail

Throughout Vilas County, you’ll find more than 50 designated trails, including rugged mountain biking trails and smooth paved bike paths. The St. Germain Bike and Hike Trail is a paved, level trail running through forests and along lakes. For 12 scenic miles, you’ll have a chance to see towering white pines set against a canvas of colorful leaves. The trail connects with a system of paved trails that stretches across the county, providing many miles of riding.

Oneida County – Bearskin State Trail

The Bearskin State Trail runs for 18 miles from Highway K near Tomahawk to Minocqua. The semi-paved, crushed-granite trail surface is suitable for most kinds of bikes. You’ll pass several lakes, including Bearskin Lake, Little Bearskin Lake and Lake Minocqua. If you’re looking for a level trail appropriate for beginning riders, this is it.

Boulder Junction – Crystal Lake Trail

The Crystal Lake trail is part of Boulder Junction’s outstanding network of trails that includes 45 miles of trails running throughout Vilas County. If you’re looking for great fall color, the Crystal Lake Trail is the place to ride. The trail runs from downtown Boulder Junction past Trout Lake and the Crystal Lake Campground. Crystal Lake is just as advertised – clean, clear and shimmering. The autumn-hued trees reflecting off the lake’s surface are a sight to behold.

Onalaska – Great River State Trail

The Mississippi River Valley is stunning in the fall. The tree covered bluffs and flocks of migrating waterfowl combine to create a visual display unlike any other. The Great River State Trail follows the Mississippi River for 24 miles, and a fall bike ride along this crushed-limestone trail is the perfect way to experience the sights and sounds of the fall season.

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