Trail Passes

How to Buy State Trail Passes

Biking on Badger

Biking season is upon us and, as a reminder, state trails require a trail pass for non-pedestrian traffic. Passes are required for all people age 16 or older. Wisconsin resident pass fees are $20/annual or $4/daily.

Fitchburg bikeways requiring a trail pass are Badger State Trail, Capital City State Trail and the Military Ridge State Trail. For a complete list of trails in Wisconsin requiring a state pass, click here.

What if I don’t have a state trail pass?

Trail users must purchase their state trail pass before using the trail. There is a $5 surcharge (in addition to the cost of the state trail pass) for anyone who fails to pay for a pass before using the trail. If a trail user refusers to buy a pass or self-register, a citation can be issued.

Where to Buy Your Trail Pass

Fitchburg Cycles
2970 Cahill Main
Fitchburg, WI 53711
(608) 630-8880

DNR Service Center (Nevin Fish Hatchery)
3911 Fish Hatchery Road
Fitchburg, WI 53711
(608) 275-3266
Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4pm remaining open over the lunch hour

Fitchburg City Hall
5520 Lacy Road (2nd Floor)
Fitchburg, WI 53711
(608) 270-4200

You can also purchase your state trail pass with a credit card (MasterCard/Visa) by calling (608) 266-2181 between 7:45am-4:30pm.

Visit the Wisconsin DNR site for more information.

Self Registration Stations

Self-registration stations are available at the Capital City Trail and Highway 18/151, just south of the DesignMart, at the parking area of the Badger State Trail and Purcell Road, and at the Capital City Trail parking area at Syene Road and McCoy Road.

How can I sell state trail passes?

State trail pass vendors offer a valuable service for trail users. The state trail pass gives users the opportunity to experience and enjoy many miles of DNR trails throughout Wisconsin. Trail pass vendors can keep a percentage of the revenue so this can be a good fundraising activity for groups.

If you are interested in selling state trail passes, please contact your local DNR property manager. There may be a local organization such as a friends group or the property itself, for which you can become a sub-vendor of state trail passes. If that is not the case, you will be referred to the state trails coordinator in Madison who can set you up as a direct vendor of state trail passes.

capital city trail sign

To become a vendor of state trail passes, you will need to sign the appropriate state trail pass vendor agreement (provided to you by the DNR), read the Wisconsin State Trail Pass Vendor Handbook, and indicate how many annual passes and how many daily passes you would like in your initial pass shipment (you do not have to sell daily passes if you would prefer not to).