Sugar River Trail
The trail extends from New Glarus to Brodhead with the villages of Monticello and Albany located between allowing for refreshing stops on the trail. When the trail bed was orginally designed by the railroad, it went around the hills making many large curves on the trail which makes this trail one of the most popular trails in the state. The Sugar River State Trail opened in the mid 70's as the second state trail in Wisconsin. Vegetation has grown to provide shade on the trail in the past 40+years making for a very enjoyable ride or hike.
The northern most point of the trail is New Glarus. The village of New Glarus is proud of its Swiss architure. It hosts many tourist festivals and attractions including shops, lodging and restaurants. One favorite is Sugar River Pizza located on the trail. Another highlight for many is a tour of the New Glarus Brewery, home of "Spotted Cow." Going south on the trail, the next stop is Monticello which is loved by bikers and hikers who love to stop for pie at the M&M or burgers at A&W. Going south, the Albany wildlife area is the most scenic part of the trail. At Albany food is available and is known for tubing on the Sugar River. The southern most point of the trail is Brodhead. The trailhead for Brodhead is at the end of the historical downtown. Food and beverage available downtown.
Be sure to try some of the many chesses and beers made right here in Green County. Go to village links at the top of this page for information about each village on the trail.
All villages along the trail have restaurants, DNR bathrooms and picnic areas. The Badger State Bike Trail and the Sugar River State Trail cross just south of Monticello (about 3 blocks south of the DNR parking lot).
Ice Age Trail
Hikers please take note that you are welcome to all parts of the Sugar River Trail and as a highlight of your hike be aware that part of the Sugar River Trail is also part of the Ice Age Trail. For more details check out Ice Age Trail.
If you are an avid snowmobile or bike rider or hiker you should consider also exploring the Badger State Trail which insects the Sugar River Trail just south of Monticello (about 3 blocks south of the DNR parking lot).