Maiden Rock Route

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Legend has it that the daughter of the Dakota Sioux Chief Red Wing jumped to her death from the cliff which is now called Maiden Rock. This route is named for that cliff which is visible from the Great River Road.
This route is at the northern edge of the Driftless Area. Tall bluffs give way quickly to the rolling hills that make up most of this part of the Midwest. We managed to shoehorn a good ride into this area by taking advantage of all of the hills that exist.  The Maiden Rock Route hugs the Mississippi River between Hager City and Stockholm, Wisconsin, but the rest of the route explores the hills that run north-south away from the river.  There are several parks in the towns and villages on this route, as well as the UFO Display in Elmwood and the Tribute to the Moon Mission and Crystal Cave in Spring Valley. However, be sure to fill up your tank when you can as many of the smaller towns do not have services.
Maiden Rock Route (pictured above): ~235 miles; 6.5 riding hours.
Maiden Rock Lite Route (not pictured): ~180 miles; 5 riding hours.
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ATTRACTIONS:
  • Stockholm:  Stockholm Park, Wide Spot Performing Arts Center
  • Elmwood:  Garaets Corn Maze, Butternut Park, UFO Capital of Wisconsin
  • River Falls:  White Pine Orchard
  • Bay City:  Domaine Da Vine Orchard
  • Ellsworth:  Summit Hill Park
  • Trimbelle:  Trimbelle Public Fishing
  • Hager City:  Trenton Bluff Prairie
  • Maiden Rock:  Maiden Rock Village Park
  • Spring Valley:  Crystal Cave, Rocket Tribute to Moon Mission
  • Plum City:  Plum Creek Woods State Natural Area
  • Rock Elm:  Nugget Lake County Park