Best In Madison Wisconsin biking and bike trails in Madison and communities of South Central WI in Southern Wisconsin.


Basic Bike Repair – Repair, parts and accessories. Also doing assembly of kids bikes, scooters, strollers, wagons and power wheels. Open Tues-Sun 9:00-5:30PM. New Glarus, WI. New Glarus Depot, 418 Railroad St, New Glarus offers bike trail passes and bike rentals. 1-800-527-6838.

Atkins Verona Bicycle Shoppe – Has bike rentals available. Repairs & Sales. 517 Half Mile Road, Verona, WI 53593 . 608-845-6644.

BADGER STATE TRAIL – (6 SW of Madison) – Verona, Dane County, WI – Bike Trail Runs From Verona to WI Southern Border. The Badger State Trail is a newer state bike trail ideal for hiking and snowshoeing and a top 101 Southern Wisconsin attractions and things to do in South Central WI. Visit Belleville, South Central WI and the Badger State Trail.

The Badger State Bike Trail is for biking, hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. You can easily connect on the trail on the east edge of Basco about 10 miles south of Madison’s Westside. The Badger State Trail is a very popular 40-mile rails to trails and recreational trail in South Central Wisconsin that runs from Madison through Basco, Belleville, Monticello, Monroe to the Illinois border.  Bicycle riders, hikers, snowmobiles, snow shoeing enthusiests enjoy the trail in all seasons. The trail is now part of the Ice Age Trail (follows the Badger State Trail for about 3.5 miles between Purcell Road and County Highway A in Dane County north and south of Basco). The 1/4 mile long Stewart Tunnel (1887) located just south of Belleville highlights the trail (you need a flashlight). The Badger Trail is the only inter-state trail in Wisconsin – connecting with the Jane Addams Trail in Illinois, which is part of Grand Illinois Trail.  The Badger State trail crosses the Sugar River Trail and continues to Monroe and then on to Illinois where it connects to the  Jane Addams Trail that takes you to Freeport, IL where the Jane Addams Trail becomes part of the Grand Illinois Trail System.

The old rail-bed is fairly level with a smooth limestone base. A 6-mile section between Madison and Purcell Road is surfaced with asphalt and is suitable for in-line skating. Bicyclists and skaters 16 or older need a Wisconsin state trail pass for using the trail. Badger State Bike Trail or hiking trail runs from the Jane Adams Trail at the Illinois border and to the Capital City Trail in Madison, WI. Wisconsin’s most exciting bike and recreational trail is completed. The trail from our inn North is scheduled to be paved from Purcel Road to the Capital City Trail. Snowmobiling will be allowed on part of the trail when completed and as snow conditions permit. Winter all-terrain vehicles are permitted from Monticello to Monroe on a trial basis.

To Madison WI North: The bike trail North of our inn from Basco is graded to Paoli and Purcell Road and toward Madison. Most of the trail from Paoli is scheduled to be blacktopped from Purcell Road to Madison and the Capital City Bike Trail when funds are available.

To Belleville WI South is the Old Bridge at Belleville and the Stewart Tunnel (just South of Belleville) is an old quarter mile long Civil War stone tunnel that has been restored. Take a side Trip to New Glarus just West of the Badger Bike Trail, New Glarus is known as “Little Switzerland” for it Swiss heritage and decorative buildings. Take a road West of the Badger trail to New Glarus. At New Glarus you will fine the New Glarus Woods State Park, Swiss Historical Village, New Glarus Brewing Company, Community Fest, Polkafest, Taste of New Glarus, Wilhelm Tell Festival, Swiss Volksfest, Heidi Festival, Octoberfest, Winterfest. Join up with the Jane Adams Trail to Freeport Illinois.

The Badger trail continues South to Monticello, Albany and Brodhead. Continue on to Monroe and the Historic Downtown Square and it’s Old Romanesque-style Court House,

Turner Hall, Minhas Craft Brewery, Cheese Country Trail and maybe the Monroe Balloon Rally, Cheese Days and the taste of Monroe.

CAPITAL CITY STATE TRAIL – About 8 miles from our inn via the Badger Trail North you can connect to the paved Capital City Trail which runs East of Verona along the southern edge of Madison for about 9.5 miles. Near Verona it also connects to the Military Ridge Biking Trail, the New Badger Trail, the Southwest Commuter Bike Trail and in Madison. This trail also connects to the John Nolan Path and Monona Trail. Copy a trail map from its web site. 608-224-3606.

Experience Capital City Trail – a bike and recreational trail between Madison and Verona WI and top 101 Southern Wisconsin attraction and things to do in South Central WI. Visit Madison, South Central WI and the Capital City Trail.

The Capital City Trail links to Madison’s Southwest Path and the Badger State Trail for hiking, bicycling, in-line skating and jogging the trail’s asphalt. Passes are required for biking and in-ling skating. Camping is available at Capital Springs State Recreation Area. Parking is available at the Dawley Conservancy Park on Seminole Highway, the DNR Service Center on Fish Hatchery Road, Syene Road and Capital Springs Recreation Area along Lake Farm Road.

CHEESE COUNTRY TRAIL – The Cheese Country Bike Trail meanders 47 miles through Green, Lafayette and Iowa County from Monroe to Mineral Point. It is a multi-purpose trial for bicycles (mountain bikes or wide-tired bikes are recommended), hikers, horses, horse-drawn conveyances mopeds, motorcycles and off-road dirt bikes. Enjoy a scenic back road view of Southern Wisconsin. Visit the 47-mile bike and recreational trail on an improved rail-bed. The Cheese Country Trail is about 35 miles SW of Madison in Monroe. The multi use trail passes through three counties in Southern Wisconsin and several small towns, prairies, marshes and wooded areas on the former railroad bed. The trail is open to ATV’s bikers, cross-country skiers, dirt bikes, hikers, horse riders, snowmobiles and motorcycles. The Cheese Country Trail is located in South Central Wisconsin.

GLACIAL DRUMLIN TRAILn is a52 mile bike trail from Cottage Grove to Waukesha. Bike Wisconsin through farmland, small towns and glacial topography mostly on an old rail corridor. The Glacial Drumlin Trail is about 10 miles east of centrally located Madison. There is a 1.5-mile section that uses public roads as the trail route between State Highway 26 and County Highway Y by Jefferson. Phone 920.648.8774. The level graded smooth limestone and asphalt surfaces is ideal for bicyclists, hikers and joggers. In-line skating is ideal on a 13-mile paved section from Waukesha through the town of Dousman. Bicyclists and skaters 16 or older need a state trail pass. Ice Age Trail follows the Glacial Drumlin State Trail for about two miles west of Wales.

Snowmobiles are permitted on the limestone section of the trail. Skiers do not need a trail pass while using the trail. The western half of the trail begins at County Highway N in Cottage Grove. The eastern half of the trail begins in the Fox River Sanctuary at College and Prairie Avenues in Waukesha.

MILITARY RIDGE TRAIL – 6 miles North of Verona is the Military Ridge Trial. A large parking area is nearby on Old PB. Hike, bike or snowmobile the 41-mile trail west of Verona to Mount Horeb and Dodgeville through Dane and Iowa County and panoramic views. The trail follows an old 1855 military trail from Fitchburg to Dodgeville. The Military Ridge Trail is a 41 mile recreational trail built on an old railroad bed that parallels U.S. Highways 18 and 151.  Trail offers biking, hiking, running, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and skiing through scenic country side of primarily agricultural, but also includes woods, wetlands, prairies, villages, and small cities. The trail runs from Verona to Riley, Klevenville, Mount Horeb, Blue Mounds, Barneveld, Ridgeway, and Dodgeville in Iowa and Dane Counties, Wisconsin. It connects near to the Madison trail system via the Capital Springs trail access to the Milwaukee area. The segment between Madison and Verona is blacktopped and usable by in-line skaters. The trail was named from the old Military Ridge Road, built by the Army in 1835 to connect Green Bay and Fort Crawford (Prairie du Chien). The trail brought lead from Dodgeville and Blue Mounds for shot for the Army in the early 1800’s. Farming became more important from 1830 to 1850. The Chicago and Tomah Railroad first to consider a railroad along the Military Ridge. It was bought by the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, operated a narrow-gauge line in southwestern Wisconsin. In 1880, communities along the line invested, and construction brought a boom to communities along the line.

The Department of Natural Resources established the 23.5 mile Military Ridge State Park Trail between Mount Horeb and Dodgeville and to Fitchburg in 1983. The crushed limestone-surfaced trail runs along the southern borders of Governor Dodge and Blue Mound state parks. The trail links to the City of Madison and 100 miles of marked bicycle routes linking the University of Wisconsin, state capitol and parks along Lakes Mendota, Monona, and Wingra. Verona is the East end of trail. Park your car at a Highways Business 18/151 and PB is a 100-car parking lot. In Riley visit The Riley Tavern. In Klevenville there is a prairie remnant that extends for about 60 yards on both sides of the trail just east of Klevenville. For birders there are Killdeer, flickers, red-tailed hawks, and bobolinks in the area. Mount Horeb has a shelter. Blue Mounds has a community park on the west edge of the village, along with Blue Mounds State Park and Brigham County Park. At Barneveld, the village maintains the Birch Lake Park northwest of the village on County T for picnicking, camping, boating, and fishing. Ridgeway offers public restrooms, and water fountains at the city park. Dodgeville at Highway 23 is the West end of the trail with a parking lot. The limestone-surfaced trail is usable by hikers, bicyclists, and wheelchair users in late spring, summer, and fall. In the winter it is usable by snowmobilers, snowshoers and cross-country.

Military State Trail – 4350 Mounds Park Road, POB 98, Blue Mounds, WI.

PECATONICA STATE TRAIL – This County trail; connects to Cheese Country Trail running 17 miles through the picturesque Bonner Branch Valley to Belmont. Lins Belmont to Calamine and the Cheese Country Trail. Use for hiking, touring bike, ski and snowmobile. 608-328-9430.

SUGAR RIVER TRAIL offers a 23-mile National Scenic and Recreational Trail that runs from New Glarus (Little Switzerland) to Monticello, to Albany and to Brodhead, WI. The old rail corridor covers 265 acres and includes part of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail from Bump Road to Exeter Crossing Road. The old railroad bed limestone surface is suitable for bicycling, walking and snowmobiling. In Winter add cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The trail runs through agricultural farm land and prairie remnants with colorful prairie wildflowers and grasses. Along the way cross a replica covered bridge, pass rock outcroppings, wetlands and lowland cattails and reeds, and woods of native oaks, hickory, walnut, and cherry. 100 species of birds, and animals including beaver, bobcat, chipmunk, coyote, deer, fox, gray and ground squirrels, otter, mink, rabbit, salamanders, skunk, snakes, turtles and woodchuck can be spotted along the trail.

Start at New Glarus, WI. at the old railroad depot and now the Chamber of Commerce. They also rent bikes. The Sugar River State Trail is located about 22 miles SW of Madison.

Visit the New Glarus Chamber for other attractions and activities. For a trail map… Sugar River Trail Map. Sugar River State Trail, 418 Railroad St., New Glarus WI 53574. (608) 527-2334 (summer), (608) 527-2335 (off season).


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