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Great River State Trail

Onalaska, WI 54650
+1 608-781-9570
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Poorly maintained trail, with some pretty spots along the way..

I started in Onalaska, and rode towards the preserve in Trempealeau. The trail was scenic for the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Raleigh, North Carolina
Easy and relaxing!

My husband and I (who are not avid bicycle riders anymore--in our 50's and 60's) decided to try... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan L
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Onalaska, WI 54650
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I started in Onalaska, and rode towards the preserve in Trempealeau. The trail was scenic for the first eight miles or so (till I got to the bridge that went across the Black River), after which it was just a lot of marshland on both...More

Thank theonlytraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I (who are not avid bicycle riders anymore--in our 50's and 60's) decided to try this trail on our bikes. We only went from Sparta,WI to almost Bangor, WI (about 6 miles each way). The weather was perfect and the trail was...More

Thank Susan L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful trails I have ridden. The stretches through the wildlife preserve are lovely. We saw an egret, a heron, a snake, a turtle and toads. The only negative is that the trail is not particularly well-maintained. For most of...More

Thank Terri M
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Starting in Marshland, the trail borders the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. The conditions of the trail were not very good, especially riding on road tires. I figured the trail would get better. The trail continues through Trempealeau and I biked over several wooden bridges that...More

Thank Ben L
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Great bike ride midway to Trempleau. Flat former rail bed. Like a tree tunnel on a lot of it. Several bridges over rivers and marsh. 20 25 mile round trip. Would ride west to Trempleau first then back as wind will be behind you

Thank MikeJennyQ
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

This area is supposedly cyclist heaven, but I don't find most roads to be bike-friendly. The trails offer that level of safety despite the occasional road crossing. They are amazingly well maintained, which means they are also patrolled. Have your pass handy.

Thank occdocbill
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Cycling from La Crosse to Trempeleau and back along the Great River State Trail is a good way to spend 3-4 hours. Cycling on Wisconsin trails requires a trail pass that you can pick up at posts on the trail or purchase ahead of time...More

1  Thank Roland K
Reviewed 9 June 2017

I envisioned biking next to the Mississippi River. Since we started just north of Onalaska, there were no river views. There were however, lots of marshes, and bridges over smaller creeks and rivers. We saw deer, turtles, eagles, egrets and a large brown snake which...More

1  Thank ajbukovitz
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This trail was our 3rd trail between Mankato,MN to Wisconsin Dells,WI. We used it from beginning to the end. When we started in Marshland Access, the trail was closed. We had no idea why it was closed. After a mile we saw a puddle on...More

1  Thank feritozsoy
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

I was impressed with the Lacrosse ans Onalaska area trails. There were quite a few. This trail was great for biking and hiking. Walking along the river was awesome. There were many birds to view and hear. I wish i had more time and my...More

1  Thank therealcyclops
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Ginger F
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Response from SpiketheBiker | Reviewed this property |
It is pretty sparse for Hotels in that area, you would probably have to go across the river into Winona Minnesota, or into the town of Trempealeau itself. From Downtown Trempealeau to the northern terminus at Hwy 35 looks... More