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Spring Biking Adventures

Spring has arrived! With the temps getting warmer and the days getting longer, it's the perfect time of year to hit the trails and explore the area by bike. Fitchburg has ideal access to some of Wisconsin’s finest bike trails and is home to three state trails and three local bike paths. Fitchburg is also the proud recipient of the Bicycle Friendly Community award, a national award program offered by the League of American Bicyclists and is now one of eight communities in Wisconsin to hold this prestigious designation.

photo courtesy of Desination Madison & Sharon Vanorny
photo courtesy of Desination Madison & Sharon Vanorny
BCycle Is Back For The Season!

BCycle has returned to Fitchburg for the 2024 season! The bike share program has stations throughout the City of Fitchburg, making it easy to explore the area on two wheels. These popular electric-assist bikes allow riders of any skill level to navigate hills and long distances with ease. And with convenient station locations, electric bikes are there when you need them and out of the way when you don’t. Here is a list of the Fitchburg BCycle Stations:

Mountain Biking At Quarry Ridge

Mountain bikes are a fun way to exercise and connect with nature and you don't even need to be in the mountains to become a avid mountain bike cyclist. Quarry Ridge Recreation Area has a total of 12 trails ranging from beginner-friendly singletrack to advanced downhill lines. The trail system was recently and significantly expanded with the addition of many jumps, berms, and wooden features. The total trail system mileage is approximately 4 miles with 40% easy, 25% moderate, and 35% advanced singletrack trails.

  • This is a FREE park thanks to the City of Fitchburg.
  • Please heed all posted trail signs, we strive to keep this park fun & safe for riders of all skill levels.
  • The park is accessible from the Military Ridge Trail (by bike) and Fitchrona Road (by car)
  • Trail Map
photo courtesy of Destination Madison & Sharon Vanorny
photo courtesy of Destination Madison & Sharon Vanorny
photo courtesy of Destination Madison & Sharon Vanorny
photo courtesy of Destination Madison & Sharon Vanorny
The Cannonball Loop Ride

A great ride that will take you through the heart of Fitchburg is the Cannonball/Arboretum loop, a 10-mile ride that takes bikers along the Cannonball Path, through the UW Arboretum and along the Capital City Trail. There are lots of great stops along the route, including the Dawley Bike Hub and the Velo Underround, a bike roundabout, a two-level interchange among five regional trails. The roundabout is the convergence of the Capital City State Trail, the Southwest Commuter Trail, Cannonball Path and Military Ridge Path and the Badger State Trail running overhead.

Riders have great options to stop for coffee, drinks, food and snacks along the way, including Tapatios, a local favorite for authentic tacos, and The Thirsty Goat, a great place for a beer and barbecue. *This ride requires a trail pass for the Capital City Trail.

Biking Resources

Before you hit the trails, be sure you have everything you need!

Options for buying passes:

    • WI DNR: MasterCard/Visa by phone or in person at 
      3911 Fish Hatchery Rd, Fitchburg
      Mon–Fri 7:45am – 4:30pm
    • Self-registration stations are available at:
      Cap City Trail/Syene Rd,
      Badger State Trail/Marketplace Dr
      Purcell Rd/Badger State Trail
    • Wheel & Sprocket: Cash or Credit
      Mon-Fri 11:00am – 7:00pm
      Sat 10:00am – 4:00pm
      Sun 11:00am-4:00pm
      2970 Cahill Main, Ste 101
photo courtesy Destination Madison & Sharon Vanorny
photo courtesy Destination Madison & Sharon Vanorny
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