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La Crosse River State Trail

Trail facts

  • Rail trail: Yes
  • Length: 22 Miles
  • Surface: Crushed limestone
  • Counties: La Crosse, Monroe
  • Communities: La Crosse, West Salem, Bangor, Rockland, Sparta


Sparta: The depot is at 111 Milwaukee Street, Sparta. Exit I-90 on State Highway 16/71 and go west about two miles to Water Street, then south about 0.6 miles to Milwaukee Street. The Sparta Depot serves as trail headquarters. A bridge over Interstate Highway 90 in Sparta connects the La Crosse River Trail to the Elroy-Sparta State Trail on the east end.

Bangor: Exit I-90 on State Highway 162 and go north about 0.3 miles.

Medary: Trailhead is about a mile east of North La Crosse. Exit I-90 on State Highway 16 and go south about 1.5 miles to County Highway B, then east about 0.3 miles. A bridge over the active rail line at Medary connects the La Crosse River State Trail to the Great River State Trail to the north.


The trail is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. year-round.


State trail passes are required for bikers 16 and older. Daily and seasonal passes are available at the Sparta depot - trail headquarters, 111 Milwaukee Street, Sparta and outlets in towns along the trail.

Planning and management

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

Friends group

Friends of the La Crosse River State Trail [exit DNR]

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