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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
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.