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America’s Oldest Rail Trail Is Right Here In Wisconsin And It’s Truly Fascinating

Wisconsin has a history of preserving public spaces and working to make the most of the wonderful and diverse land we find in our state, so it’s no surprise to learn that the very first ever rail trail was built here – and still exists today.

At the turn of the 20th century, the country was criss-crossed with railroad lines and Wisconsin was no exception. With logging up north, access to the Great Lakes, the proximity of Minneapolis and Chicago and our farm culture, there were plenty of reasons to need railroad track across the state. But as the country modernized, many of those railways fell out of use.

Riders older than 16 are required to purchase a $5 trail pass each day or can buy a year pass for $25.

Have you ever ridden the Elroy-Sparta? Did you know you were using a piece of history? Let us know your experience in the comments!