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Sugar River State Trail

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Sugar River State Trail
W5508 CTH NN
New Glarus WI 53574

Wisconsin State Park System Sugar River State Trail

One of the trestle bridges across the Sugar River

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LocationThe Sugar River State Trail follows an abandoned railroad line in south central Wisconsin for 24 miles from New Glarus to Brodhead. A short access trail connects the Sugar River State Trail to New Glarus Woods State Park. Fourteen trestle bridges cross over the Sugar River and its tributaries, while the trail passes by farmlands, woods, rolling hills, scenic meadows, remnant prairies and glacial topography. North of Brodhead, the trail goes over a replica covered bridge. The trail has also been designated as a National Recreational Trail.

The Sugar River Trail headquarters is in the restored 1887 railroad depot in New Glarus. The building is on the National Registry of Historic Places and houses displays of local culture and railroad history. The Sugar River State Trail connects with the Badger State Trail just south of the Monticello trailhead.

Trail activities

The trail may bring a number of different users to the trail at the same time. It is important to use good trail etiquette to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all trail users.

Hiking Bicycling Pets Walking and bicycling

The fairly level grade and smooth limestone and asphalt surfaces make this 24-mile trail suitable for bicyclists, walkers and joggers. Each bicyclist age 16 or older needs a Wisconsin state trail pass while using the trail.

Pet owners, please be sure to have your pet on a leash, 8 feet or shorter, at all times. You must pick up after your pet.

Ice Age Trail Ice Age National Scenic Trail

The Sugar River State Trail, from Bump Road to Exeter Crossing Road, is part of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The Ice Age Trail winds for more than 1,000 miles through Wisconsin, along the terminal edge of the Wisconsin lobe of the last glacier to cover the state.

Snowmobiling Winter activities Winter activities

Snowmobiles are allowed when there is over 4 inches of snow or when the trail has a groomed base. At all other times the trail is closed to snowmobiling. Operators must follow all Wisconsin snowmobile laws. The trail also connects to numerous miles of Green County snowmobile trails.

The opening and closing of snowmobile trails is at the discretion of each county. Snowmobile trails which cross DNR lands are opened and closed consistent with the surrounding county (or counties). Whenever possible, the opening and closing of snowmobile trails is done on a county-wide basis, however localized conditions may require localized trail opening and closing. It is the responsibility of the county to provide notification about the status of snowmobile trails. The Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report [exit DNR], and local club and county snowmobile web pages [exit DNR] and telephone hotlines will provide the most current information.

The trail is open to walking, bicycling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, however, the trail is not groomed and users must share the trail with snowmobiles. Skiers do not need a trail pass while using the trail.

Camping Camping

A short access trail connects the Sugar River State Trail to New Glarus Woods State Park where camping is available throughout the year. The access trail parallels State Highway 69 and then leads uphill to the park.

Hunting Hunting

The Sugar River State Trail corridor is open to hunting within the Albany State Wildlife Area, approximately eight miles, in Albany township, Green County from the Saturday nearest Oct. 17 through Jan. 31. The trail is posted open to hunting from the south side of County Highway EE in Monticello to the north side of Highway 59 in Albany. For more information, please see:

Master Plan

A regional master plan is in progress for the Southwest Savanna region. For more information, see: Southwest Savanna Regional Master Plan.


New Glarus: Parking and rest rooms are available at the New Glarus headquarters/depot just off State Highway 69 in New Glarus.

Monticello: Parking is available at the Monticello trailhead near County Highway EE. The Badger State Trail connects with the Sugar River State Trail just south of the Monticello trailhead.

Albany: Parking is available along city streets in Albany.

Brodhead: Parking and rest rooms are available at the southern terminus of the trail in Brodhead.


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Last revised: Friday September 13 2019