5 Awesome Trail Running Spots in Wisconsin

By Rachel Smith

5 Awesome Trail Running Spots in Wisconsin

There are plenty of beautiful places to go for an invigorating trail run in Wisconsin. Whether it’s through the woods or passing through some historic areas of the state, the scenic trail running spots of Wisconsin are some of the best around. Now, grab a water bottle and lace up those shoes! 

1. Bearskin State Trail

No matter the season, the Bearskin Trail is a gorgeous running route. You’ll find a wide gravel trail large enough to pass others. Parts of the trail are shaded by towering trees and others are open for a crisp, much needed breeze. Just off the trail you will find restrooms, a bubbler, and the ever-so-cozy downtown Minocqua. It’s the perfect place to catch your breath and continue on your run!

2. Glacial Drumlin Trail

The Glacial Drumlin Trail is a 52-mile-long path running from Cottage Grove to Waukesha. It’s perfect for all types of runners. Whether you’re looking to run a couple of miles or train for a lengthy marathon—this is the perfect stretch. Not to mention the fact that this is a beautiful natural space, and there are coffee shops just off the trail! 

3. Elroy-Sparta Trail

The Elroy-Sparta Trail is a 32-mile-long running trail between Elroy and Sparta. It’s a great spot for runs of any length. Take a recreational run with a friend or make a challenge to beat your best time. Don’t forget to take in the tunnels, wetlands, prairies, and farmland. This trail is also directly linked to the La Crosse River State Trail and the 400 State Trail.

4. Military Ridge State Trail

Military Ridge State Trail runs conveniently between Dodgeville and Madison. This 40-mile-long gravel trail is wide enough to pass others and offers stunning views. There are several observation platforms near the trail if you are looking to break up your run. Other trails conveniently cross the Military Ridge State Trail if you’re looking to mix up the route.

5. Cattail State Trail

This 18-mile-long trail on a former rail corridor is situated in northwestern Wisconsin. Running this trail affords views of lush forestry, open farmland, prairies, and much more incredible scenery. It’s important to keep in mind that this is a multi-use trail where ATVs are allowed as well as cyclists and horseback riders. Some parts of the trail can be relatively rough terrain-wise, so make sure you have the proper shoes and endurance.  

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