Great River State Bike Trail, Wisconsin (WI)

Following the shore of the mighty Mississippi River, this former rail bed traces a 24-mile path from Onalaska north through Trempealeau and Perrot State Park to the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. The trail passes through the river communities of Onalaska [exit DNR] and Trempealeau [exit DNR].

Accommodations and services are available year-round in both communities. The park's 500-foot bluffs offer breathtaking views of the river while the 6,000-acre refuge is the home of a wide variety of waterfowl and wildlife, including the American Bald Eagle.

The Great River trail is within a larger area called the Mississippi Flyway. Many species of birds including great blue herons, egrets, tundra swans, ducks, white pelicans and eagles use this flyway twice a year during their migrations.

Local nesting birds such as the prothonotary warbler, Bell's vireo and the sandhill crane draw bird watchers to this area year-round. The numerous songbirds and waterfowl found in the area make the trail a popular section of the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail.


Great River State Trail
W26247 Sullivan Road, PO Box 407
Trempealeau, WI 54661
United States

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