Activities, Services

Bike Trails in the Dells

This blog post was published on May 22, 2014 and may contain outdated information.

Strap on your helmet, rub on some sunscreen, and hit the bike trails this summer season! Whether you are looking for a leisurely path with stunning scenery or a challenging ascent with spectacular views, the Dells area has a trail for you! So bottle up some water, pack a snack and camera, we’re here to help plan your perfect Dells biking adventure!

Omaha Trail

Looking for a beautiful, easy, family friendly trail? The Omaha Trail spans 13 miles (one-way) from Elroy to Camp Douglas. This paved trail has beautiful photo opportunities, great views of towering sandstone formations, a 300-foot long tunnel (bring a headlamp/flashlight), and easy access to bathrooms! The trail winds its way through the driftless area of Wisconsin and passes through the small village of Hustler. Hustler is a great place to stretch and enjoy a picturesque picnic in the park and a game of bowling at the local alley!

Mirror Lake State Park

Located in Baraboo, Wisconsin, Mirror Lake State Park provides breathtaking vistas for 9 miles of well-maintained trails. The 2,200 acre park is conveniently located off of Interstate 90-94 and is open year-round to visitors. With your state park pass admission you’ll have free reign of the trails and picnic areas! For ease, the 9 miles of bike trails are separated into several smaller trails, making it easy to take breaks to rehydrate and fuel up! Don’t have a bike fit for the trails? Don’t sweat!  Mirror Lake State Park offers bike, boat, canoe, and kayak rentals! Plan to make it a memorable weekend camping trip with nights starting as low as $15 for WI residents, $17 for non-residents.

400 State Trail

The 400 State Trail is located between Reedsburg and Elroy and is just a short drive from the Dells. The 400 State Trail offers 22.3 miles of well-maintained, level trails with beautiful scenery, bountiful wildlife, sandstone outcroppings, and rolling farmland! The trail was named for its original user, a passenger train on the Chicago-Northwestern Railroad that traveled 400 miles from Chicago to Minneapolis in just 400 minutes. The crushed rock trails even make use of the old railroad bridges!

Devils Lake State Park 

Devil’s Lake State Park is located 25 minutes away from the Wisconsin Dells, and their Upland Loop Trail offers unique challenges to even the most experienced mountain bikers! Devil’s Lake contains 8 miles of total biking trails with a climb of over 200 feet to the top of the Uplands! A Wisconsin state park pass is all it takes to gain access to the dirt trails, loose rocks, ruts, boulders and bluffs! Devil’s Lake has bike, boat, canoe and kayak rentals. for those of you that want to leave the bulk at home.

Devil’s Head Resort 

Summers in Sauk County, Wisconsin are picture-perfect at Devil’s Head Resort. Spectacular scenery, endless mountain adventures and bike trails for every type of biker! Miles of single track trails will have you traversing the Devil’s Head ski slopes. Helmets are required on all trails so be sure to put safety first! Not only does Devil’s Head Resort offer miles of winding paved trails, they also offer up some of the most challenging trails in the Midwest! Trails are open from 8am-dusk, and a day pass to the resort will run you $7/day or $75 for the season. If you prefer to leave your gear at home, Trek & Gary Fisher bike & helmet packages are available for $20/day. If you’re up for a twist on the trails, Devil’s Head opens up their ski-lift to bikers & hikers every Saturday in July and August! The lift/trail pass combo is $30/day.

The Wisconsin Dells area has some of the most beautiful bike trails in the Midwest, and many places make it easy to leave the bulky gear at home and have you enjoying your vacation without the extra mess! It’s a great way to view the stunning landscapes, burn a few calories, and immerse yourself in the great outdoors!

Think about coupling your biking expedition with a couple nights of camping in the Dells! See you on the trails!

Comments


The Uplands Trail @ Devil’s Lake is no way a technical trail, but is a good workout, with maybe a 1/4 mile of loose gravel downhill before the large climb. It’s OK, nothing to write home about.
At Mirror Lake most of the easily found trails are boring, flat and sandy. There are 2 or 3 that are more satisfying but the park maps are not very helpful. If you go there, ask a Ranger, definitely to save time.

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