The Bike Trail and all 3 tunnels are open for bike trail riders. But, because of COVID-19, some guidelines are in effect until further notice. The Kendall Depot & the public bathrooms are not open to the public at this time. No passes are being sold at this time at the Headquarters. We hope that this will change in the near future as we re-open for business when given the OK to do so. Thank you!
There are some closures on the Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail & the 400 Trail for 2020 due to past flood damage. Please refer to the latest map outlining the closed areas when planning your bike trail experience. We will continue update the map as the repairs are completed.
News & Notes
Built in 1900, this building was the original Chicago & Northwestern Railway Depot. In 1964, the Department of Natural Resources restored the Depot and it now houses the Official Headquarters for the 32 mile Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail, the renowned first rail-to-trail in the world!
Here you can find a Railroad History Museum with authentic photos, artifacts, and pieces of history from what was once a thriving railroad. Also available are state trail passes, shuttle service, concessions, apparel and souvenirs. Come see us at the Depot to experience a historical part of the first rail-to-trail in the world!
Wisconsin state trail pass fees are the same for residents and non-residents. The annual pass is good for the calendar year and the daily pass is good for the day of purchase. A state trail pass is issued to the person and is non-transferable, meaning that it cannot be passed from person to person or shared with others. The state trail pass must be filled out to be valid.
All about the Tunnels!
Three railroad tunnels highlight the trail which are each over 140 years old. The tunnels near Kendall and Wilton are each about 0.25 miles long. The tunnel between Norwalk and Sparta is 0.75 miles long.
Flashlights and jackets are recommended in the tunnels. The tunnels are dark and cool, even on the brightest days and water from springs above the tunnels can trickle onto the trail. Bikers should walk bikes through the tunnels.