Route: The 400 State Trail

Submitted by EmilyNeumeierArkens on Wed, 07/27/2022 - 01:37pm
Location
Wisconsin, US
Distance
22 mi
Vertical Gain
89 ft
Description

If you are wanting to add to your collection of Wisconsin Rail to Trails consider The 400 State Trail! It gets it’s name from the Chicago-Northwestern railroad passenger train that used to travel the 400 miles between Chicago and Minneapolis/St.Paul in 400 minutes.
It was officially opened in 1993 and is 22 miles of friendly, well marked and well maintained trail. It travels through Reedsburg, La Valle, Wonewoc, Union Center and Elroy. Each small town is anywhere from 4 to 8 miles apart with trailheads that have parking, water and bathrooms. 
You can expect to see wildlife including great blue herons, bald eagles, white tailed deer and turtles along the winding river and wetlands, sandstone bluffs and rolling farm fields. 
Some features of this trail that I think makes it uniquely special are the wonderful trailheads at either end. The Elroy Commons have a charming little trail shop and free showers. The Reedsburg Trailhead have helpful staff, covered pavilion with picnic tables and restaurants nearby. Both have bike racks, sell souvenirs and are easy to access off the highway. Another highlight is the beautifully clean and ice cold natural spring water right next to the trail outside of Wonewoc off highway 33 and Strawbridge road to refill your water bottles. 
The 400 State Trail connects directly to The La Crosse River State Trail, Elroy-Sparta State Trail and Omaha State Trail. Collect all four! Enjoy the Trails! 

http://www.400statetrail.org/

 

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