Sugar River State Trail

Sugar River State Trail - New Glarus WI

This 23-mile trail traces the gentle meanders of the Sugar River between New Glarus and Broadhead. Part of the Ice Age National Trail. The Sugar River State Trail is a 23-mile (37 km) long, 265-acre (107 ha), recreation rail trail in Wisconsin. This trail connects four communities: New Glarus, Monticello, Albany and Brodhead. The limestone-surfaced trail is on an abandoned railroad bed, and is used for bicycling, hiking, and snowmobiling. Bikers and hikers can enjoy a replica of the Clarence covered bridge and historic New Glarus. Hike, touring bike, snowmobile.

The limestone surface is suitable for bicycling, walking and snowmobiling. Along the way is a replica covered bridge, agricultural landscape, prairie remnants, colorful prairie wildflowers and grasses, rock outcroppings, lowland cattails and reeds, wetlands, woods of oaks, hickory, walnut, and cherry. You could see beaver, 100 species of birds, bobcat, chipmunk, coyote, deer, fox, gray and ground squirrels, otter, mink, rabbit, salamanders, skunk, snakes, turtles and woodchuck along the trail as well.

Start your trip in New Glarus with a quick stop at the converted depot, which offers friendly guidance for first-time trail users and a taste of the Swiss culture, history, and heritage of the area. The first part of the Sugar River State Trail out of New Glarus is paved, and is popular with walkers. The section of the Sugar River Trail between Monticello and Albany takes cyclists through the Albany Wildlife Area, home to nesting waterfowl, turtles, and other wild creatures. Marsh and dairy farm scenery and pleasant trail towns are found along the trail. Surface: The first 0.3 mile south from New Glarus is asphalt, the rest is crushed limestone with wood-planked bridges.

A one-mile stretch in New Glarus is blacktopped and suitable for in-line skating. North of Brodhead, the trail goes over a replica covered bridge. The Sugar River State Trail ends in the city of Brodhead, which is built near the site of a former Winnebago village. Look for the historic Half Way Tree, a burr oak used by Indians to mark the halfway point between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. The trail's terminus is Brodhead at West 3rd Avenue and Exchange Street, the route's easternmost access point. Brodhead features public parks, canoeing and fishing opportunities, the Historical Depot Museum and much more. Throughout the 23-mile route, numerous local bike trails link with Sugar River State Trail.

The Sugar River bicycle trail headquarters in New Glarus is staffed and offers trail passes, bicycle rental, bike trailers for children and access to car shuttle services. The Sugar River Trail north of Albany to Monticello is the most scenic part of the bike trail. The Albany wildlife area provides sightings of cranes and deer to the observant rider. Riding south of Albany, you will find the only part of the trail that is not part of a former railroad bed. There are a few hills and sharp turns which make a wonderful adventure on your trip to Brodhead. A trail pass is necessary for biking and can be purchased at Trail Headquarters located in the historic train depot in New Glarus or a variety of locations in Brodhead, Albany, and Monticello. Bike rentals are also available at the depot in New Glarus.

Map Of Sugar River State Trail
Friends Of Sugar River State Trail

Camping and Campground: No camping but nearby camping at AMNICON FALLS STATE PARK, BIG BAY STATE PARK.

Sugar River State Trail in the City of New Glarus - Green County (Southwest WI).


Sugar River State Trail
418 Railroad St.
New Glarus, WI 53574
United States

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