Bike Trails, Shuttle & Back Roads near Our B&B

shuttle bike-sizedHop on your bike, fill the water bottles and ride the roads and trails of Southwest Wisconsin. Don’t have a bike? Why Not Rent one at a local outfitters? Bring your bicycle along when you and stay at Franklin Victorian Bed & Breakfast, near the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail, one mile in fact.  The League of American Bicyclists named Wisconsin the No. 3 “Bicycle Friendly State” for its commitment to bicycling through the legislation, infrastructure, education and an all-around bike-loving culture!

People & Bicycle Shuttle Service
Your bike-friendly Sparta inn provides people & bicycle shuttle service!  $ is for two people.
We will shuttle your bicycles and you to either Elroy, Kendall or Wilton along the Sparta-Elroy Bike Trail. Then you can enjoy the bike trail, 3 wonderful tunnels and ride back to the bed and breakfast at your leisure and where your car will be! Set up with the innkeepers for us to shuttle you at the time of your reservation. (We leave in the morning at approximately 9:30 a.m.)

Bicyclist-friendly we have secure locked inside bike storage, and we have bike passes for purchase right here at the Inn. We are one mile from the trail.

Motorcycle-friendly we have secure locked inside motorcycle space while you stay here, and we will garage your bikes overnight as part of our services.

The four connecting west central Wisconsin trails, known as the Bike 4 Trails, going from southeast to northwest are listed below.

Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail –  50th Anniversary Year in 2015
Opened in 1965, this bike trail is the granddaddy of them all!  The 35-mile 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 bicyclists 16 years of age or older.

Safety tip: Bike lights/flashlights are advisable even on the brightest summer days when going into the long unlit tunnels. Windbreakers and caps are recommended when walking bikes through bike trail tunnels.

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 Bike Trail
22-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 Bike 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.


400 State Bike Trail
22-mile rail trail that is between Reedsburg and Elroy, the 400 State Bike Trail is one of the four connecting bike trails in our area of Wisconsin. The trail is known for its rural scenery of the Baraboo River, which it crosses eleven times. It is part of the larger Wisconsin bike trail system, operated by the state of Wisconsin.
*The trail is named after the 400 passenger train that traveled from Chicago to Minneapolis/St. Paul in 400 minutes, though the Twin Cities 400 did not travel on the line that was converted to a trail.

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On-Road Biking
Roadies!  Discover what the locals have known for years; Wisconsin’s roads are some of the most 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.