Onalaska is a charming city where people of all ages and interests can come to enjoy the natural beauty and activities of the Coulee Region.
Being rich with industrial history and geologic features, the Onalaska community possesses what are now called "Rail Trails". These abandoned Chicago and Northwestern railroads have been converted into crushed limestone trails for bikers, runners and walkers.
The most popular trail experience begins 20 miles north in the town of Trempealeau, home of Perrot State Park and the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. A cyclist could pedal south, following the Mississippi River, riding the Great River Trail to rest in Onalaska. If you wish to keep riding, one would continue east through some marshlands and a 5-mile prairie preserve on the La Crosse River, passing through 3 railroad tunnels on the Elroy-Sparta, followed by the 400 State Trail, ending in Reedsburg. The result is 110 miles of beautiful Wisconsin countryside!
If you enjoy challenging single track trails, check out the Human Powered Park. Owned by the city of La Crosse and publicly maintained, the park boasts 8 miles of rolling coulees and sloped prairies. H.P.P. is a joyful destination favored by hikers and mountain bikers miles around.
Check out Onalaska's TrueRide Skate and BMX Park just a few blocks from Blue Heron! The park houses a 5 foot Mini, two Fun Boxes, a couple of Spines and a handful of Quarters.
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