Take a pedal down the Mississippi River on the Great River State Trail. Enjoy 24 miles of the most beautiful scenery in the Midwest. The trail traverses along 18 different waterways, crosses over the Black River on a 287-foot former railroad trestle, and follows Lake Onalaska and the BNSF railway. Pass through Mississippi River bottomlands, visit Nicholls Hopewell Mound, and the Upper Mississippi and Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuges. From its trailhead in Onalaska, all the way to Trempealeau, the Great River State Trail is one beautiful landscape after another and is perfect for any type of bicycle. Nearly 70,000 visitors per year enjoy this fantastic trail. View and interactive map here.
Latitude: 43.881725 Longitude: -91.234185 Elevation: 679 ft
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Interests and Areas of Expertise
My interests are photography, camping and running. How does this make me an expert? Well, for starters I know all the cool spots for photo ops your friends won't know about. I also like to be outdoors so I'll let you in on my favorite spots and things to do while hiking, paddling and biking. Oh, and I also I work in the Tourism industry in Onalaska so I have access to many, many resources to help make your trip as fun as possible! Check out www.discoveronalaska.com, I'm not kidding!
Onalaska is best known for the bike trail that runs through town 24 miles north to Trempealeau. The Great River State Trail is our "bread and butter" some might call it. We're fortunate enough to bike, hike, snowmobile and bird right in our own backyard! Take a few steps away from everyday life and get caught in the moment on the trail, even if only for a few seconds. If you're passing through town and didn't bring a bike, we've got you covered! Onalaska has two rental shops that are more than happy to set you up for the day.
I recommend hiking up to the top of Greens Coulee Bluff. A gorgeous walk with options and a rewarding view at the end, you won't be disappointed! Hike it anytime of year, yes that even means winter!