Bike Trails & Back Roads Near Franklin Victorian Bed & Breakfast
Bring your bicycle along when you stay at our Inn lodging near the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail. The League of American Bicyclists named Wisconsin the No. 3 “Bicycle Friendly State” in 2011 for its commitment to bicycling through the legislation, infrastructure, education and an all-around bike-loving culture!
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Your bike-friendly Sparta inn provides people & bicycle shuttle service! We will shuttle your bicycles and YOU and drop you off at Elroy, Kendall, Wilton, or Norwalk all along the Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail! Then you can enjoy the whole bike trail and wonderful tunnels! This needs to be Set up with innkeepers prior to stay for shuttle service. (We leave in the morning).
We also offer secure inside bike storage, and we have bike passes for purchase right here at the Inn. We are about one mile from the trail.
Safety tip: Flashlights, windbreakers, and caps recommended when walking bikes through bike trail tunnels.
Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail
Opened in 1967, this bike trails is the granddaddy of them all! The Elroy-Sparta Trail was the first rails-to-trails conversion in the country, and it continues to be one of the state’s most popular bicycling destinations. Located in the driftless areas, one of the most scenic parts of Wisconsin, the trail is one of the few flat surfaces in a land of narrow valleys and steep wooded bluffs. Three walking-only tunnels along the trail are part of the trail’s draw: the longest is more than 3/4 mile long, between Sparta and Norwalk. Bike trails are surfaced with fine limestone or similar materials, and there is no charge for snowmobiling or hiking. Trail passes are required for bikers 16 years of age or older.
World’s Largest Talking Ben Bikin’
Located in Sparta at the corner of South Water and East Wisconsin Street, this Ben Bikin’ statue is a special town landmark and can be seen by bike or car. He will talk about many exciting area attractions.
La Crosse River State Trail
The 21.5-mile La Crosse River State Trail follows the winding route of the La Crosse River between Onalaska to Sparta. Enjoy picturesque farms and bridges over crystal clear trout streams. Like the Great River State Trail, the La Crosse River State Trail has a smooth surface that can accommodate both road bicycles and mountain bikes. Part of the trail even runs parallel to an active rail line.
Great River State Trail
24 miles of bike path and beautiful scenery meanders along the Mississippi River on the Great River State Trail. Enjoy the views, the old 287-foot railroad trestle bridge, and race the trains along the BNSF railway. Spanning from Onalaska trailhead to Trempealeau, this rails-to-trails bike path is perfect for any type of bicycle.
Roadies! Discover what the locals have known for years; Wisconsin’s roads are some of the bike-friendly in the country! Hundreds of miles of dairy roads make for enjoyable biking through beautiful scenery! The Wisconsin State Bike Map is available at the B&B to help you find bike-friendly roadways.