Great River State Trail is a 21.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Onalaska, Wisconsin that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
21.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
341 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

partially paved

rails trails

river

wildlife

3 months ago

Flat through the woods. Best in fall, there are some wetlands so bugs can be an issue in summer. Lunch at Trempeleau hotel is a treat.

trail running
4 months ago

I utilize this trail to bike from Onalaska to Trempealeau. However, it’s not a very exciting trail—it’s long, flat, and in the summer months there are so many mosquitos. Also, the miles are not marked from the trailhead, which makes it difficult to track progress for running. On the other hand, the trail goes by the river and the marshy lands alongside the train track, so the scenery is nice as long as you load up on bug spray (otherwise you’ll not be paying attention to any of the views).

I won’t knock the trail, though. It’s a good connection to places in between Onalaska and Trempealeau, such as Brice’s Prairie, which has nice road biking. It’s great for family biking because it’s wide and it’s a good place to get a run in. Also, the visitor’s center in downtown Onalaska was just remodeled and it is really nice.

hiking
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Good for the dog to run, and kids to play. When you get to the point where the vistas open up to the backwaters and channel the vistas are nice. Eagles perusing the rotting ice in March. Geese and ducks.

mountain biking
Sunday, January 24, 2016

We've rode this trail a few times,starting from our campsite at Perrot State Park each time. Lots of scenery either way, pretty easy ride, minimal grade change, mostly packed limestone. Going north from the park, is the Trempeleau National Wildlife Refuge, with an observation deck, is a nice place to stop, and take a breather, and take in the beauty. From the park south there are a few small towns, along with a number of bridges, with a steel trestle bridge at Lytle's Landing being a glimpse at the trails past. We only went as far as Onalska, where it meets up with the Lacrosse River Trail. A recommended trail, and would/will ride it again.

mountain biking
Thursday, July 23, 2015

I rode o 7/22/15 from Midway to Trempealeau and back.The trail surface itself was very good; somewhere someone had written that the path through the Wildlife Refuge was gravel but it was fine grained limestone. Although the trail paralleled some railroad track there wasn't much activity, and on the whole the trail was very quiet. For the most part the trail went through an pretty undistinguished canopy of trees, but of course that could be a blessing on hot days.
If you are in the area it is worth a look but I wouldn't go far out of my way to ride it.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

mountain biking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

mountain biking
Sunday, June 08, 2014

Saturday, June 08, 2013