Whether you prefer the exciting challenge of trail riding or a leisurely ride along paved country roads, Whitewater is the destination for you.
Nestled at the southern tip of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and Ice Age Trail, the Whitewater area offers a variety of trail loops and connecting road routes for cyclists at every technical level. So, strap on that helmet and get ready to ride!
Rough, Off-Road Mountain Biking
John Muir Hiking & Biking Trails – These single-track trails offer a rough ride perfect for mountain bikers and fat tire bikes. With 5 loops ranging from 1.25mi to 12mi long, all skill levels are welcome. You’ll find yourself winding through the Kettle Moraine State Forest and over many hilly, rocky loops common in this glacial landscape. Feeling a little rusty? Hop on the skills course to practice a bit before hitting the trails!
Emma Carlin Trails – These single-track trails are more difficult than the John Muir trail system. There are three loops ranging from 3.5mi-8mi that are incredibly hilly but still offer you beautiful views of the glacial terrain and Kettle Moraine State Forest. Ride this system if you’re up for the challenge, and if you’re looking for an all-day excursion, bike the 6mi of connector routes to the John Muir Trails and check out a few of those loops!
Urban Leisure Biking
Brewery Hill Park – Not only does this park offer 3 ramps for skating, rollerblading, and biking, it also has a paved path perfect for that leisurely ride you’re craving. Follow the path alongside Whitewater Creek to Ray Trost Nature Preserve, hop on Fremont St. south to Starin Rd., and ride west toward County Rd. N through UW-Whitewater’s beautiful campus. Or head east toward Hwy 59 through peaceful prairie land. If you turn around and head back to Brewery Hill Park, you’ll bike a solid 3mi either loop.
Paved On & Off-Road Biking
The Ultimate Road Biking Loop Around Whitewater – We love this one for its distance (28mi!), the fact that it’s not too challenging but does push you, and because you get to see so much of Whitewater’s beauty. With 5 stops along the way (some we mentioned earlier!), including scenic Bluff Rd. outside Whitewater, you’ll fall in love with this loop. Seeking an even greater challenge and want to add another stop? Visit Natureland for their many walking paths, view of Whitewater Lake, and cooling freshwater spring. From the Flowing Well, continue south on Clover Valley Rd. (which turns into Engel Rd. and then Brown Rd.) before taking a left on Territorial Rd. Natureland is on your left! Insider Tip: Take off your socks and shoes and dip your feet in the spring to revitalize yourself.
Bike need a little tune up before you head out? Or looking for new riding gear? Pop over to Quiet Hut Sports (by appointment) or BicycleWise & Sports Fitness. All about people-powered recreation, Quiet Hut offers repair, tune-ups, bike accessories, and gear. Call ahead to make an appointment with Dave. At BicycleWise, the Sotherlands are big fans of outdoor rec, and attentive, helpful bike shop owners. From bike services to quality gear, you’ll get what you need!
Rosa’s – Classic pizza joint serving locally made Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream. Get a float, ice cream cookie sandwich, pint, or favorite cone.
Brain Freeze – This ’50s inspired burger joint serves locally made Mullens Ice Cream. From banana splits and malts, to brain busters and freezers, you’ll want to try one of everything!
Fanatico – Pop into this beloved Italian restaurant for homemade cake, cheesecake, and the best of the best: tiramisu.
The Black Sheep – Custom Mocktail. Hello delicious without the buzz.
Check out our Bicyclist’s Guide to Whitewater for more good eats and treats once you’re in and around the area.
Let us help you discover your Whitewater cycling adventure!
Whitewater Tourism Council
150 W Main St., Whitewater, WI