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400 State Trail

The trail is named for the Chicago-Northwestern passenger train that ran on this grade. The train traveled 400 miles between Chicago and Minneapolis/St. Paul in 400 minutes. The renovated Reedsburg Depot is the trail headquarters and the office for the Reedsburg Chamber of Commerce. The depot is used as an information center with interpretive displays and public rest area facilities.

    Trail facts

    • Rail trail: Yes
    • Length: 22 miles
    • Surface: crushed limestone
    • Counties: Juneau, Sauk
    • Communities: Elroy, Union Center, Wonewoc, LaValle, Reedsburg


    The 400 State Trail follows along the Baraboo River valley from Elroy to Reedsburg.

    Parking is available in Elroy where the 400 State Trail connects to the Elroy-Sparta State Trail. There is also a connection to the Omaha Trail in Elroy. Parking is also available along city streets in Union Center, Wonewoc, LaValle and Reedsburg.

    The 400 State Trail is directly linked to two other state trails. The Elroy-Sparta State Trail connects to the 400 State Trail at Elroy Commons on the west end. There is also a connection in Union Center to the Hillsboro State Trail.


    The trail is open year-round.


      State trail passes are required for bikers and horseback riders aged 16 and older. Passes are available at the Reedsburg Depot Trail Headquarters, 240 Railroad St. in Reedsburg, phone 608-524-2850 or 800-844-3507; Elroy Commons, 888-606-BIKE (2453); and other outlets in towns along the trail.

      Management and planning

      For more information about planning for this property, see Property Master Plans.

      Friends group

      Friends of the 400 State Trail [exit DNR]

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