Justin Trails Bed and Breakfast is located right in the heart of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area, an area known for its stunning topography, unique features, and plentiful opportunities for outdoor recreation. We’re nestled in a private coulee near the town of Sparta, which is famous for the Elroy-Sparta multi-use trail. While you don’t need to leave our beautiful 200-acre property to enjoy all the Driftless Area has to offer, a day spent biking or hiking through the tunnels of the Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon. Get outside with us this summer, and book a room at our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Resort.
Your Guide to Biking or hiking the Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail
The Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail, which is just minutes from Justin Trails Resort near Sparta, Wisconsin, was the first rails-to-trails project of its kind in the country. It also travels through some truly beautiful countryside. As such, it’s one of the most popular trails in the country, whether for biking or hiking. The trail, which extends for a total of 32.5 miles, is popular from May – November. It connects the communities of Sparta, Norwalk, Wilton, Kendall, and Elroy. The Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail also provides a connection to the La Crosse River State Trail and the 400 State Trail as well. There is also a connection at Elroy Commons to the 13-mile Omaha County Trail, which you can use to ride to Mill Bluff State Park.
The biggest attraction on the Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail are the three old railroad tunnels, but its scenic vistas of wetlands, prairies, farmland, and unglaciated areas provide a beautiful backdrop for your ride as well. The railroad tunnels are 140 years old, remnants of a distant era in Wisconsin’s history. Two of the tunnels are 1/4 mile long, but one of them is an incredible 3/4 mile long. It’s so dark that you need a flashlight, and you have to walk your bike. Though the trail is open and available as a snowmobiling trail year-round, the tunnels are closed during the winter. Marked trails are used to circumvent them.
If you don’t want to bring your own bike, but still want to enjoy the Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail when you stay at our resort, you can rent from Speed’s Bike Shop in Sparta. They also sell the needed bike trail passes, and they even provide a shuttle service to your choice of towns so you can start your journey from the location of your choice.
Relax at our Wisconsin Resort
However you spend your days in Wisconsin, you’ll need a relaxing place to call home in the evenings. For that, there is nowhere better than the Justin Trails Bed and Breakfast Resort. You can choose to stay in our beautiful accommodations, which include farmhouse suites, a garden cottage, or Scandinavian Full-Scribe log cabins. Each offers a slightly different experience, but all come with our excellent hospitality and service. You’ll enjoy a Wisconsin getaway like no other. Book your stay at our luxury Wisconsin Resort today!