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Wisconsin Bicycle Routes

Bicycle Routes

This page lists a number of bicycle routes around Wisconsin. In many cases, we suggest alternative routes, where more than one route attractive for bicyclists exists. There are several reasons for this:

  • For the cyclist making a loop it allows a return by a different route.
  • Some routes may be fine at off-peak traffic times but difficult during rush hour.
  • A number of the bike trails are unpaved (usually with crushed limestone). We find these can be messy in wet weather.


This page has a link to a site describing in detail a route between Milwaukee and Chicago. We also describe some alternative routes, as well as a link to a route through northern Indiana to the Michigan state line. A large portion of these routes uses bike trails.

Milwaukee to Elkhorn

This route takes advantage of one new and one upgraded bike trail.

Milwaukee-Door County

This page describes a route, with alternatives in a few cases, from Milwaukee to Door County.

A route through Cedarburg, West Bend, the northern Kettle Moraine, and connecting to Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, and the Fox Cities.

This route follows the Old Plank Road to Greenbush and then roads to Fond du Lac, connecting to two trails to the west.

Winona MN-Milwaukee

This page describes a route between Winona and Milwaukee. Both ends are largely on bicycle trails, while the middle follows back roads.

Lake Superior Route

This page describes the route along Lake Superior taken from a guide issued in the 1970's.

Wisconsin Bikeway

This page is a copy of the cue sheet for the Milwaukee bikeway that ran from La Crosse to Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha. The cue sheets run in both directions. Included are marginal notes.

Wisconsin North-South Bikeway

This page is a copy of the cue sheet for the Milwaukee north-south bikeway that ran from La Crosse to Bayfield. The cue sheets run in both directions. Included are marginal notes.

Mississippi River to Green Bay (new)

This is a suggested route from the Mississippi River at Dubuque to Green Bay, making using of the Military Ridge Trail, the Glacial Drumlin Trail, the Wild Goose Trail, and the Fox River Trail.

Rockford to Fond du Lac

Great River Road

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has maps available on the web for a route along the Mississipi River.

Adventure Cycling Wisconsin Routes

Adventure Cycling publishes maps of a route crossing the northern part of Wisconsin from Minneapolis to northern Michigan, with a branch leading southwest to Manitowoc to connect with the ferry to Michigan. Another route follows the Mississippi River south from Minneapolis, on the Minnesota and Iowa side.

Johnson Creek to Fond du Lac & Wisconsin Dells

Maps of two routes centering on Johnson Creek