Great River State Trail

Trempealeau straddles the west end of the Great River State Trail, a former railbed trail that runs 24 miles from Onalaska to Marshland. It is the final leg of a four-trail system that stretches 101 miles from central Wisconsin to the Mississippi. In Trempealeau County, the trail meanders north through Perrot State Park and on to the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. Or, you can ride it southeast to Onalaska in La Crosse County and enjoy the trek through Mississippi River bottomlands. The wilderness aspect of this trail will produce many fine birds including Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Pileated Woodpecker, Brown Thrashers and Bobwhite Quail.

Directions: Follow Hwy. 35 to the eastern edge of Trempealeau. There, on the west side of the road, you’ll find a well-marked parking lot and large sign that interprets the trail.

Great River State Trail map

Gazetteer: Page 48, D-4 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 74, A-1 (10th edition).

Phone: 608/534-6409.

Web site: WDNR Great River State Trail

Signature Species: Sandhill cranes, White-eyed vireos and Alder Flycatchers.

Seasonality: Open all year.

Parking: Trailhead parking lots in Trempealeau and Onalaska.

Nearest food & lodging: Trempealeau and Onalaska.