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Great River State Trail

Wisconsin State Park System

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A vehicle admission sticker is required to visit state park system properties. Stickers can be purchased online or at individual properties via drive-up window service, electronic sales kiosks or self-registration stations.

A state trail pass is required on certain trails. State trail passes can be purchased at individual properties via drive-up window service, electronic sales kiosks or self-registration stations.

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Hours


Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. year-round.

Directions


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Admission


A state trail pass is required for bicycling.

Volunteer


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This 24-mile trail travels through prairies and backwaters of the upper Mississippi River valley. Built on an abandoned Chicago-Northwestern railroad line, the trail has a finely crushed limestone surface suitable for walking and bicycling for much of the year and snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter. The Great River trail is within a larger area called the Mississippi Flyway and passes through two National Wildlife Refuges. The Great River State Trail links to the La Crosse River State Trail via a short road route in the city of La Crosse.