Hiking

Description

Hiking the Trails

Hiking the bike trails is free, dogs are welcome as well. (Please be courteous to riders and keep them on a leash)

Hiking at Justin Trails Resort

Nestled in a private coulee, Justin Trails Resort includes 200 acres of woodland, hills and meadows. They created a trail system in 1985 for guests to enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, running, fat tire biking or making up their own adventures. Access to the trail system is included for lodging guests, for day visitors the Trail Fee fee is $5 and includes disc golf.

Hiking Trails Along Beaver Creek

The City’s existing bike trail system is approximately 6,000 feet long. The bicycle facilities begin at Howard Huff Park with a bicycle lane being marked on Water Street, extending north across the bridge over the La Crosse River. At this point the bicycle way leaves the street and enters the Information Center on a paved trail. It crosses under the Wisconsin Street bridge, remaining on the west side of the La Crosse River, and enters into Evans-Bosshard Park. It travels through this park to the west side of Beaver Creek, with a spur crossing the creek to the east, through the park, to East Avenue. Another spur from this spur extends south through the park and across the La Crosse River on a bicycle/pedestrian/snowmobile bridge to the Highway 16 Wayside portion of Evans-Bosshard Park. The main trail continues north through Evans-Bosshard Park, to the north boundary of the park at Main Street. The trail crosses Main Street and runs between the Rural Fire Department Building and Beaver Creek, through the parking lot behind the fire station to a ramp, constructed in 1998, to gain access to Water Street. A crossing of Water Street is made at this point, in the heart of the central business district.  Within Evans-Bosshard Park the trail system is most developed, and includes bridges over both the La Crosse River and Beaver Creek.

Nearby Hiking

Black River State Forest | 37 Miles

68,000 acres of pine and oak forest with two forks of the Black River and high sandstone abutments. Permit required for backpacking. Hike, bike and ski. How about island hopping on a mountain bike? The 300-foot-high glacial mounds strung out like a seven-mile-long necklace in the Black River State Forest seem like islands in a vast ocean of trees. From scenic overlooks on their peaks, you can look to the northeast where 10,000 years ago the bottled-up glacial meltwater of Lake Wisconsin once covered 1,800 square miles. Pets are welcome in Wisconsin State Parks but must be on a leash and under control at all times. Certain areas may be off limits to pets.

 

Green Coulee | 24 Miles

Located off of Green Coulee Road and Stonebridge Ave in Onalaska.  At 1212 feet, Green Coulee Park is the highest point in the Coulee Region. 67 acres and consisting of hiking trails that run from the wetlands area at the lower end of the park through areas of oak savanna to the rock quarry at the summit of the bluff that overlooks a portion of Onalaska.

Tip: During deer hunting season the trails are closed to hikers.  Part of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, the 24 acres of Savannah Oaks is open to the public for hiking, hunting, and bird watching. The land borders up against Green Coulee Park.

 

Halfway Creek Trail | 30 Miles

A non-motorized trail that connects the Great River Trail and the Holland Bluffs Trail. It extends from the Village of Holmen to the community of Midway in the Town of Onalaska. The trail includes about 2.2 miles of a 10-feet wide aggregate base path that follows the Halfway Creek floodplain and about 1.2 miles of paved trail that follows the expanded shoulders of CTH XX in Midway. It has five bridges.

 

Jersey Valley County Park | 22 Miles

Jersey Valley is a 371-acre county park formed by a flood control dam and a man-made lake that was completed in the late 1960’s. Since that time, Jersey Valley Lake has been a popular recreation destination for residents and visitors. Jersey Valley Lake is a hot spot for largemouth bass and panfish. Motorboats are not allowed. There is an accessible fishing pier and a boat landing. Hunting is open Oct 15th through April 15th, all state of Wisconsin hunting & fishing regulations and seasons apply. Hiking trail available.

 

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | 34 Miles

The Reserve is an 8,569-acre tract located between the village of La Farge and Ontario. Sandstone outcroppings tower over the Kickapoo River as you paddle its quiet waters. Native plants and animals abound in all seasons. Join us for a scheduled interpretive hike, adventure into the backcountry on your own, or simply stop and admire the beauty. Permits are required for various visitor uses.

 

Mill Bluff State Park | 26 Miles

Part of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve, this park offers a spectacular view of picturesque rock formations. Open Memorial Day weekend thru the last weekend in September. Pets are welcome in Wisconsin State Parks but must be on a leash and under control at all times. Certain areas may be off limits to pets. Visit our website for more details.

 

Perrot State Park | 41 Miles

Perrot (Pear-oh) has the best view of the Mississippi anywhere, but you’ll have to work to get to it. The river is narrow here, only a half-mile wide and smack up against the bluffs. Yes, bluffs. To cover the long loop you’ll have to climb more than 250 feet several times. For an easy roll take the Wilber loop. Nearby are the Great River State Trail, a rail bed route, and the interesting village of Trempealeau. Good food and an excellent series of summer concerts make the Trempealeau Hotel a popular spot. The Army Corps of Engineers lock and dam in town is a great place to watch river barge traffic, and that’s no bluff. Has adaptive equipment available for people with mobility impairment including specialized kayaks. Pets are welcome in Wisconsin State Parks but must be on a leash and under control at all times. Certain areas may be off limits to pets. Visit our website for more details.

 

Wildcat Mountain State Park | 26 Miles

Wildcat Mound is a spectacular feature in southwest Clark County. Wildcat offers hiking opportunities that provide outstanding scenic vistas and a popular spot during fall colors. Wildcat Mound is found in the heart of Wildcat Park. The park offers camping, drinking water, picnic areas, charcoal grills, ATV & hiking trails, and vault toilets. Park day use is free, there is a fee for primitive camping.

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