Badger State Trail
The Badger State Trail begins at the Wisconsin/Illinois border and continues north to intersect with the Sugar River State Trail in Monticello. Continue north through Belleville for a connection with the Capital City Trail in Madison. Along the way there are numerous opportunities for sight-seeing, plus lodging and dining options in the Green County communities of Belleville, Monticello, and Monroe. At the Illinois border, the Badger trail connects to the Jane Addams Trail and continues south to Freeport, Illinios.
DNR WEBSITE: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/badger/
"Running from the state capital of Madison south to the Illinois border, the 40-mile route could well become the most popular of Wisconsin's 32 rails-to-trails conversions. It will skirt farm fields and visit small towns and wind amid the scenic hills and valleys that remain largely untouched by the urban sprawl that has gobbled much of the state's rural countryside."
-Silent Sports Magazine Mike Ivey
Sugar River State Trail
The Sugar River State Trail was one of the first rails-to-trails conversions in Wisconsin. The scenic trail wends its way 23 miles through picturesque countryside. Four Green County communities are linked: Brodhead, Albany, Monticello, and New Glarus. A trail pass is necessary for biking and can be purchased at Trail Headquarters located in the historic train depot in New Glarus or a variety of locations in Brodhead, Albany, and Monticello.