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“Nice biking trail”

Great River State Trail
Reviewed 6 July 2014

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.

Thank rockyjoe
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Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

Love to be on this hiking trail any time of the day but especially at sunset. Wind up or begin at the Onalaska sunfish sculpture for view into MN that will take your breath away.

Thank LaCrosseWiLaura_S
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

I live nearby and have been using this trail for years. I'd give it 5 stars except that it needs a bit more maintenance from time to time. Starting on the south end (Onalaska) there are nice Mississippi River views. Most of the rest of the trail goes through farmland, prairies and lowlands. It's crushed packed limestone, so skinny tired road bikes aren't advised. In Trempealeau there are great eats at the Trempealeau Hotel. From there take a ride further along the river through beautiful Perrot State Park. (More great food at Sullivans just south of the park entrance on the Mississippi.) Or stay on the trail through Trempealeau northerly to the US Trempealeau Wildlife Refuge for great wildlife viewing along the Mississippi. This trail continuously links to rail trails extending southerly more than 75 miles.

Thank smithohm
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

This is a great bike trail that can take you all the way to Trempeleau or a connecting trail to downtown La Crosse. Good views of Lake Onalaska and some prairie lands.

Thank Kari H
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

Beautiful 13 mile trail between Onalaska and Trempealeau Wisconsin, right along the MIssissippi for part of the stretch. We love to bike up to the Trempealeau Hotel for dinner or drinks on the deck, and look out over the river. It is an awesome trip, and we do it a lot in the summer and fall.

Thank Stayactive26
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