Whether it is under towering Northwoods pines or along rolling countryside – there is nothing quite like exploring Wisconsin’s beauty on two wheels. More people are getting out biking this summer, and we have some ideas for bike trails across the state to check out this season. We want to remind travelers to follow public health guidance and take necessary precautions for safe and responsible recreation.
Biking in the Northwoods
Three Eagle Trail from Three Lakes to Eagle River
This non-motorized trail runs between the charming Northwoods communities of Three Lakes and Eagle River through gorgeous wetlands and woodlands. The trail is 12.7 miles long with crushed, compacted limestone surfaces as well as sections of paved town road.
Hiawatha Trail and Bearskin State Trail from Tomahawk to Minocqua
These two trails combine for almost 30 miles and are converted railbed trails that bring riders along lake trestle crossings and through breathtaking pine forests. This area has some of the most condensed lakes per square mile in the world, meaning there are scenic views and chances to spot wildlife all along the way.
Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Loops – Trempealeau County
The Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association has put together 19 great scenic loops through the back roads for riders to immerse themselves in the beauty of the area. The long, winding valleys and short but steep passes of the area set a perfect backdrop for the bike loops that range from about 15 miles to over 50 miles in length. The Trempealeau Trails Bike Association website points out local points of interest to explore – from stops along the Mississippi River to charming coffee shops in small towns.
Mariners Trail – Manitowoc to Two Rivers
Enjoy Wisconsin’s fresh coast with these gorgeous 6 miles of paved lakeshore trail. Running from Manitowoc to Two Rivers, the multi-use trail includes gardens, sculptures, telescopes and more. The route also features access to area gems including lighthouses, beaches and gift shops.
We love helping listeners dream up their next Wisconsin ride, but please take necessary health precautions to recreate responsibility this summer. Make sure to practice social distancing, even while on the bike – a good rule of thumb is to stay one bicycle length away from others. Call ahead to bike shops or businesses you want to visit along your route to check if their hours or offerings have changed.
For more travel ideas and resources, visit TravelWisconsin.com or call 1-800-432-TRIP.