Laura Ingalls Wilder Route
Fans of Little House on the Prairie will enjoy this route which includes Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthplace and explores the area depicted in the first of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, Little House in the Big Woods.
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Route is located in the hills and valleys along the western shore of the Chippewa river between Menomonie, WI and the Mississippi River. These hills and valleys provide fun roads with lots of twists and turns. The hilltops also provide excellent vistas of the surrounding countryside. The L.I.W. route also approaches the Chippewa river in several places and nears the Mississippi River in Pepin, Wisconsin.
There are many points of interest along this route, including the Devil’s Punchbowl, Riverside Park and Waterfall near Menomonie, the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum in Pepin, the UFO Capital of Wisconsin in Elmwood, and the Mailman Haunted Castle in Elk Mound. The route also provides access to Wisconsin Rustic Roads #51 and #89. Travel in the footsteps of one of America’s favorite authors and experience the Laura Ingalls Wilder 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.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Route (pictured above): ~220 miles, 6 riding hours.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Lite Route (not pictured): ~190 miles, 5.5 hours.
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Menomonie: Devil’s Punchbowl, Dunn County Courthouse, Dunnville Barrens State Natural Area, Caddie Woodlawn Park, Thunder Hills Speedway, Wilson Place Mansion, Riverside Park and Waterfall, Red Cedar Raceway, Dunnville State Recreation Area and Sandbar
Pepin: Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Pepin Depot Museum, Five Mile Bluff Prairie State Natural Area, Water Ski Fence
Elmwood: UFO Capital of Wisconsin
Elk Mound: Mailman Haunted Castle
Stockholm: Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthplace, Fort St. Antoine Historic Marker and Overlook
Arkansaw: Arkansaw Cycle Park, Arkansaw Creek Park
Wisconsin Rustic Roads #51, #89