Biking near Brambleberry
Trempealeau County Bicycle Loop
Brambleberry is only two miles away from The Trempealeau County Bicycle Loop -- the nation's largest connected bicycle loop system. There are 382 miles of paved back roads, averaging only three cars per hour. The St. Paul Pioneer Press in 2003 called it the "best road bicycling in the Upper Midwest."
There are 17 loops ranging from 15 to 55.5 miles all available on a clearly marked map. You will travel through beautiful countryside consisting of rolling hills, deep valleys, high bluffs, Amish farms, Mississippi River views and spectacular panoramic ridge top views. These loops make a great ride for motorcyclists as well. Maps of these routes and others in the area are available at our B&B.
Bicyclists, motorcyclists and motorists alike love the scenic winding back roads of our area. One of the most thrilling rides for motorcyclists staying at Brambleberry is on State Hwy. 108 from West Salem through the Mindoro Cut to Melrose. We're also conveniently close to the Great River Road, popular with motorcyclists. Just get off in Galesville.
Here's what the New York Times had to say about Trempealeau County bicycling.
If you need to rent a bike, the Trempealeau Hotel has a bike rental and repair shop on the grounds. Bike rentals are $3.50 per hour or $12.00 per day.
For more information, visit The Bicycling Club of Trempealeau County at http://www.ridebctc.com/
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2012 Trempealeau Tour Series
May 12 Hip Breaker: The first ride in the Tour de` Trempealeau Series each year is a 10-mile fun ride or continue north into the hills for 23- or 43-mile tours. All begins in and returns to Trempealeau, next to the mighty Mississippi River. You will find yourself well satisfied with the help from the volunteers on any length of ride that you might choose. The 43-mile tour has the famous “Hip Breaker” - the toughest hill you will ever climb.
May 26 Memorial Ride: Scenic marshlands & hilltop vistas, this ride has it all! You'll be treated by the gracious committee who organizes the event in fine fashion. Included in the ride is a free chicken dinner which you willpick up at the location of your start for the day. Arcadia Broiler Dairy Days is under way during the Memorial Day weekend so there is plenty to see and do. Arcadia invites you to visit one of the best kept secrets in Wisconsin - the Avenue of Heroes, an impressive War Memorial which dates back to 1854. Experience first hand the look and feel of one of the steel beams from the Twin Towers in NYC.
July 14: Catfish 50 Tour: Looking to fill a weekend with more than just a bike ride, Trempealeau is the place to be. This ride is held in conjunction with the famous Catfish Day's in downtown Trempealeau. It's always a great time with the fisherman and bikers exchanging stories - the big hill we climbed or the big fish that got away! The ride starts along side the Mighty Mississippi River and travels through Perrot State Park, continuing north into the hills of southern Trempealeau County.
Aug. 19 Top of the World Tour: 15-mile river valley tour, 23-three mile top of the World (Trempealeau County anyway) or adventure onto the 40 to 60-mile extended World tours. Becoming one of the most popular tours of the year, come see why.
Sept. 8-10: Trempealeau Invitational Ride Event: A 3-day weekend social ride for friends - old and new to Trempealeau County. Spend a relaxing weekend in one of the best road cycling areas in the country. This event provides a daily map with distance options including suggested stops for food and refreshments. Join us for a great weekend of outstanding cycling experience.
Oct. 6 Galesville Apple Affair: Family oriented ride through the hills around the “Garden of Eden”. All tours pass through two apple orchards, with rest stops at each. Continue on with your tour options up to sixty miles. After the ride, reward yourself with a piece of the famous 10-foot apple pieFor more information contact: Trempealeau County Tourism Council (800) 927-5339 Bicycle Club of Trempealeau County www.ridebctc.com (715) 538-2168
Mountain Biking in Jackson County
(From Black River Area Chamber of Commerce)
The off-road biker will find unique trail opportunities in Jackson County. The Black River State Forest has 34 miles of designated mountain bike trails. Trailheads can be found at Castle Mound and Pigeon Creek campgrounds and at the Smrekar and Wildcat cross-country ski trail parking lots. Our trails take you through scenic pine and oak forests with terrain that will challenge you at every level. Our Forestry and Parks Department has developed the Wazee recreational area which currently provides nine miles of mountain bike trail. This trail follows the old Jackson county iron mine sites and provides breathtaking vistas of Eastern Jackson County.
The same trails are also great for hiking.
Jackson County and the Black River State Forest offers many opportunities for hikers. There are over 100 miles or more of hiking trails across Jackson County for your enjoyment.
Breathtaking scenery and wildlife are abundant in Jackson County for the nature lover.
Besides the designated trails, the Black River State Forest and Jackson County Forest have several hundred miles of forest and old logging roads which are open to mountain bike travel and will give you a one-of-a-kind off-road experience.
(Information and photo courtesy Sparta Chamber of Commerce.)
The Elroy-Sparta State Trail is the property of the State of Wisconsin and is part of its State Trails System. It is located in Hidden Valleys Country and passes through a portion of the unglaciated areas of Wisconsin exemplifying the natural beauty of our State.
The trail is 32 miles in length on the abandoned Chicago & Northwestern Railroad bed and passes through three rock tunnels. The Kendall and Wilton tunnels are ¼ mile long and the Norwalk tunnel is ¾ mile long. The trail is covered with limestone screenings and provides a smooth riding surface. The bridges are covered with planks and are guarded with railings.
The trail may be entered at the Elroy Commons in Elroy or ½ mile northwest of Elroy on Hwy. 71, or continue on Hwy. 71 to the Village of Kendall - the Trail Headquarters is at the old Kendall Depot, or enter at Wilton or Norwalk on Hwy. 71, or the Sparta Chamber Depot at 111 Milwaukee St., Sparta, WI.
Scenery and history abound on the 21.5 mile La Crosse River State Trail. This trail is a connecting link between the Elroy-Sparta State Trail and the Great River State Trail. Recreationalists have approximately 75 miles of biking and hiking between Elroy and Perrot State Park near Trempealeau.
Heading north out of Onalaska on the Great River State Trail, bikers not only encounter scenic vistas and abundant wildlife, they are also pedaling into the past.
Along the trail, near Trempealeau, they will find marked by an observation site one of the largest Native American mounds in the area, the Nichols Mound. This Native American Hopewell mound, dating to about 200 A.D., was excavated in the 1930s by the Milwaukee Public Museum.
The 24-mile Great River Trail, with its trail head in Onalaska, is surfaced with finely crushed limestone. It connects the trailhead in Onalaska with Perrot State Park and the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge.
The river, which lends its name to the trail, was named by early French explorers. They called it Riviere de Beeufs for the many bison that once inhabited the area. The trail is built on a former railroad corridor and passes by farmlands, woods, hills and wetlands.
The trail surface is a combination of railroad ballast and limestone screenings, and is therefore used for walking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and all terrain vehicle use.