Wisconsin is one of the nation's bike-friendliest states. It was a pioneer in the rails-to-trails concept, starting with the famous Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail, a 32-mile trail along a former railroad line that travels through three tunnels and is part of more than 100 miles in trails that extend throughout western Wisconsin.
Biking is an economic engine for Wisconsin, generating an estimated $1.5 million in annual economic activity. The League of American Bicyclists ranks Wisconsin No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the Midwest for bicycling.
The official opening of the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail will be held at the Sparta Chamber at noon May 1. The trail turns 50 this year, marking the anniversary of the first rail to trail conversion in the United States.
The Franklin Victorian Bed and Breakfast is only one mile from the trail and many guests ride to and from the bike trail on a daily basic. Guests come by car or bike and have a wonderful time on the bike trail and relaxing at the bed and breakfast. From May 1 through Oct. 31 for only $34 per couple, Franklin Victorian Bed and Breakfast offers shuttle service and will ferry your bicycles and drop you off at locations at Elroy, Kendall, Wilton or Norwalk. The inn also offers secure bike storage and sells bike passes.
B&B travelers who enjoy bicycling could start their trip on the 400 State Trail in Reedburg and stay Mill House on Main, a bed and breakfast in La Valle. The 400 connects with the Elroy-Sparta trail. After a stay at the Franklin Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Sparta, you can hop on the La Crosse River State Trail and ride to the Great River State Trail in Onalaska, where you can stay at the Lumber Baron Inn.
Wisconsin has more than 1,000 miles of bicycling trails, including many trails in the state parks. The combination of biking with bed and breakfasts is a perfect fit. There's no better place to enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin's trails and roads and settle in for the night than in a comfortable bed and breakfast operated by innkeepers who know the area. You're sure to receive tips and suggestions about things to do and great places to eat. That's the hospitality that the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Organization is known for.
Many Real Wisconsin Bed and Breakfasts member inns offer biking nearby. It's hard to be much closer to biking than Cameo Rose near Belleview. The inn is just one-half mile from the Badger State Trail which links with the Military Ridge Trail and the Capital City Bike Trail.
Dreams of Yesteryear in Stevens Point is near the Green Circle Trail, a 30-mile network circling the city. The inn is just a couple of blocks away from the trail and is only 10 miles away from mountain biking in Standing Rocks Park.
Gilbert Huson House in Plymouth is near the mountain bike trails in the Kettle Moraine State Forest and is near the Old Plank Road Trail. White Shutters in Lomira is near the Wild Goose State Trail and is also near the Kettle Moraine State Forest.
Wisconsin also offers plenty of highway biking as well, including the 382 miles of paved roads in the Trempealeau County Bicycle Loop, called the best biking in the Midwest by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Many guests stay at Brambleberry Bed and Breakfast and bike the roads that average only three cars per hour.
May 9 is the first ride in the Tour de`Trempealeau Series. Choose from a 10-mile fun ride or continue north into the hills for 23- or 43-mile tours. All begins in and returns to Trempealeau, next to the mighty Mississippi River.