The Great River State Trail is 25 miles long and runs from Marshland, WI to Onalaska, WI and is also connected to three other trails that will take you another 75 miles (all the way to Reedsburg, WI). It generally follows the western bank of the Mississippi in River in western Wisconsin. The trail is built on an old railroad bed so it is generally flat and safe and is therefore a good trail for biking with the family. It is a gravel trail and looks like a small, one lane old farm road.
My wife and I biked here on a Saturday afternoon in early July and the trails were not very busy (we only occasionally passed someone going the other direction). We picked up the trailhead in Trempealeau, WI and rode it south towards Onalaska. The free trailhead parking lot is located in Trempealeau on East 3rd Street near Jones Street (about a mile east of Main Street). We had to drive to Perrot State Park first to get our Wisconsin State Trail daily biking permits (which was not convenient). A Park Ranger told us there was some trail flooding on the north end of the trail near Marshland due to some recent heavy rain so we traveled south towards Onalaska. We could have jumped on the biking trail at Perrot State Park but it costs $10 a day to park there (daily park fee). We turned our car around and drove back to Trempealeau, WI to get on the trail and park for free.
The trail leads you over a series of bridges that span several small tributaries within the Upper Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Riding through the wildlife refuge areas was great. We saw and dodged lots of frogs on the trail. We went through lots of tiny bug clouds along the way but the bugs were not too bad. The trail was not paved and the occasional trail bridges over the river were generally rundown.
Overall I enjoyed biking on this nice trail and recommend it if you are in the area.
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