Black Hawk Trail Route

The Black Hawk War was a tragic period in early Wisconsin History.  The Black Hawk Trail Route includes a series of historical markers commemorating the events that occurred during the Black Hawk War in this area.  In addition to following the route of Chief Black Hawk, this route provides the rider with an opportunity to enjoy portions of the beautiful Mississippi Great River Road as well as part of the scenic Kickapoo River Valley.
The Black Hawk trail Route consists of a great variety of roads. Along the Mississippi river, there are some great open stretches resulting in a more relaxed riding atmosphere. You will also tackle many small roads in a multitude of valleys that provide a more challenging riding experience.  In addition to the amazing roads, the Black Hawk Trail Route also includes many tourist sites, monuments, parks and natural areas like the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Finally, this route provides access to Wisconsin Rustic Road #55.
Black Hawk Trail Route (pictured above): ~230 miles; 6.25 riding hours
Black Hawk Trail Lite Route (pictured above): ~180 miles; 5 riding hours
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  • La Farge:  Kickapoo Valley Reserve
  • Viola:  S&S Cycle Headquarters, Banker Park
  • Viroqua:  Vernon County Courthouse, Vernon County Museum, Eagle Eye State Natural Area, Duck Egg County Forest
  • Westby:  Runge Hollow Recreation Area, Viking Statue, Big Ear of Corn
  • Genoa:  Genoa Fish Hatchery, Giant Tin Turkey
  • Ferryville:  Rush Creek State Natural Area
  • Esofea:  Esofea County Park
  • Vernon County:  Black Hawk Trail Markers
  • Wisconsin Rustic Road #55