Buffalo River Route
The Buffalo River Route is named for the Buffalo river which is a main geographical feature on this ride. In fact, this route traces most of the Buffalo River’s path from Mondovi, WI to its mouth at the Mississippi River.
The majority of the Buffalo River Route follows the best roads in the hills and valleys between the Buffalo and Chippewa Rivers. The hills are steep and tall and the roads follow the natural terrain and are often narrow and very curvy. Highway 10 runs east-west through a low valley, but the Buffalo River Route mostly bypasses this more traveled area and stays in the surrounding hills. There are several nice parks, sights, and activities along the route. Take a ride on the Chippewa Valley Motorcar or stop in to see the giant Circus Poster in Durand. Nelson, Wisconsin, a popular motorcycle destination, is also one of the towns along the route.
NOTE: While all of our routes were created utilizing paved roads, we are not able to keep up with road conditions throughout the entire Driftless Area. It is up to each rider to assess road conditions and their own abilities in order to assure rider safety.
Buffalo River Route (pictured above): ~230 miles; 6.25 riding hours
Buffalo River Lite Route (not pictured): ~190 miles; 5 riding hours
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Mondovi: Tourist Park, Mirror Lake Park
Alma: Riecks Lake Park
Nelson: Nelson Cheese Factory, Bigfoot and Pterodactyl Statues, Yard Art of Richard Hansen
Independence: Borst Valley Wildlife Area
Eleva: Chimney Rock State Wildlife Area, Eleva Lake Park
Durand: George Tarrant General Store, Old Courthouse Museum, Chippewa Valley Motorcar, Pepin County Courthouse
Gilmanton: Gilmanton Park