The Sparta-Elroy bike trail remains one of the most popular trails in the country. With three rock tunnels and five small towns along it’s 32.5 mile route, the trail is a favorite Wisconsin bicycling destination.
The 32 mile railroad grade which stretches across the watersheds of three rivers, the Baraboo, Kickapoo, and LaCrosse, was formerly owned by the Northwestern Railroad. Just one year after the last train used the railroad line from Sparta to Elroy, the old Conservation Department purchased the right-of-way for $12,000 and began the development of Wisconsin’s the nations first railroad trail. From this simple beginning, the Elroy-Sparta State Park Trail has grown into a nationally famous bikeway whose annual visitor attendance averages over 60,000 patrons a year.
Trail Pass Information:
Trail passes are required for all riders ages 16 and older. Daily passes are $5 and annual passes are $25. Click below for a complete list of all locations that sell trail passes.
Rates & Distance for Bike Shuttles from Sparta. Rates are based on using the biker’s vehicle.
|Perrot State Park||45mi||$45|
*Add $30 if driver is using his/her vehicle
|Jim Liska||(608) 881-9588|
|Laurel Brandt||(608) 269-4287|
|Alice Olsen||(608) 487-5409|
|Dave Heilman||(608) 487-3271|
|Pete or Marlene Perkins||(608) 269-4759|
|Tom McNaulty||(608) 269-6087|
|Harlan or Sandy Perry||(608) 269-2774|
|*Speed's Bike Shop|
*Rates are different, please call for prices