Sugar River Bike Trail
|Monticello||New Glarus||Albany||Brodhead||Badger Trail|
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Bike Trail passes can be purchased at the New Glarus depot.
Located on the hill south of New Glarus is the New Glarus Brewery. Home of Spotted Cow and other award winning brews, it offers daily tours. In 2009, Rate Beer magazine listed the New Glarus Brewery as one of the "Best Breweries to Visit."
New Glarus is the northern trail head of the Sugar River Trail. Ample parking is available for your group at the depot. Bikes can also be rented there. New for 2011 is the Badger Trail connecting into Madison. It is now possible to bike the Badger south to Monticello and then take the Sugar River Trail north to New Glarus. The village offers many places to eat and sleep. Be sure to try some Swiss food at the Chalet Landhaus or Glander Stube. Tours of the local brewery might also be considered.
For those who enjoy ethnic heritage, "America's Little Switzerland" provides visual bliss. Village buildings present a Swiss look that welcomes you inside to discover Swiss ethnic goods and foods. Our favorite is the New Glaurs Bakery. Don't forget your camera!
A historical attraction well worth your time is the Swiss Historical Village. Go west on the first street intersecting the trail from the depot eight blocks (on 6th Ave.) and the museum will be on your left. Go around the block -- the entrance is on the south side at 612 7th Ave.
Because there always seems to be something going on in New Glarus, visit the New Glarus Chamber site before coming. There are many ethnic celebrations that are unique and enjoyable.
If you need a new bike, just shopping, or need repair we recommend Basic Bike Repair located just west of the depot.
Enjoy a swim after your hike or bike ride on the Sugar River Trail. (Fee)
The Sugar River Trail extends from New Glarus to Brodhead and goes through the villages of Albany and Monticello. The Sugar River Trail is an easy ride. Enjoy your ride through woods and prairie vegetation. Just south of Monticello the Badger State Trail intersects the Sugar River Trail. Go north on the Badger to see the Stewart Tunnel or head south to see Monroe or head even further south to Freeport when the Badger Trail changes to the Jane Addams at the state line.
The wonderful people at the depot can provide information about New Glarus and the Sugar River Trail.
|The author of this site is a biker who has been riding the Sugar River Trail since its first year and is now also riding the Badger Trail. Both trails meet in the author's hometown of Monticello. Any site recommended by the author is within 5 miles of the Badger State Trail or the Sugar River State Trail. This site is not affiliated with the Wisconsin DNR.|