Whichever direction you want to head on your bike, the place to start is Fitchburg! Fitchburg has ideal access to some of Wisconsin’s finest bike trails and is home to three state trails and three local bike paths, all of which are detailed below. Fitchburg is the proud recipient of the Bicycle Friendly Community award, a national award program offered by the League of American Bicyclists. Fitchburg is now now of eight communities in Wisconsin to hold this prestigious designation. The League also has a Bicycle Friendly Business program, a free program that provides a plethora of marketing opportunities for your business.
Fitchburg is home to six recreation trails. Three of the trails are state trails where a trail pass is required and the other three are Fitchburg trails–free to use and no trail pass is required. State trail passes can be purchased at Fitchburg City Hall, a self-registration station located at Highway 18/151 and Capital City Trail (just south of DesignMart) or they can be purchased online. More information can be found below.
The Badger State Trail is a 40-mile trail extending from Fitchburg to the Illinois state line. This ride takes you through beautiful Wisconsin communities with scenery of bluffs, old train depots and miles of wildflowers. View a map of the Badger State Trail here. Additional information and photos of the Badger State Trail can be found here.
As Fitchburg’s neighbor, Madison is just a trail away. The Capital City Trail is a paved trail and tours suburban and real Fitchburg as well as Madison. It links to urban Madison and takes you around lake Monona’s loop and beyond. View a map of the Capital City Trail here.
Cannonball Path (No Pass Required)
The Cannonball Path is a paved trail constructed on the abandoned Union Pacific Railroad corridor that runs from the Beltline to McKee Road, near the intersection of Verona Road. Construction of a bicycle overpass of the Beltline Highway was completed in 2013 and makes for easy crossing of the highway. This trail is a joint effort between the City of Fitchburg and the City of Madison. Click here to view a PDF of the Cannonball Path.
Fitchburg Famous Bike Roundabout
The bike roundabout is a two-level interchange among five regional trails, serving Fitchburg, Madison, Verona, and locations throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois. 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.
Military Ridge Path (Free Trail, No Pass Required)
This path is an extension of the Military Ridge State Trail that connects to the Badger State Trail, Capital City State Trail, Cannonball Path and Southwest Path near Fitchburg’s Arrowhead Park. A bridge over McKee Road to provides a convenient and safe crossing of this four lane divided roadway. For more information, please contact the City of Fitchburg or give them a call at (608) 270-4200.
Enjoy 41 miles of packed flat gravel that follows abandoned rail corridors in Dane and Iowa counties. The trail starts in Fitchburg at Quarry Ridge Recreation Area at 2740 Fitchrona Road and runs through Verona, Mt. Horeb, Blue Mounds, Riley and ends in Dodgeville.
Purchasing a State Trail Pass
A state trail pass is required for all people age 16 or older biking, in-line skating or cross-country skiing on some trails. Wisconsin resident pass fees are $20/annual or $4/daily. Click here to purchase a state trail pass.
State Trail Passes can also be purchased at Fitchburg City Hall, 2nd Floor, at 5520 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI 57311, (608) 270-4200.
Fitchburg bikeways requiring a trail pass are Badger State Trail, Capital City Trail and the Military Ridge Trail. For a complete list of trails in Wisconsin requiring a state pass, click here.
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