Going stir crazy? Take a short road trip and rent a fat bike next weekend.

Winter bicycling (including fat biking) is allowed on all Wisconsin DNR trails otherwise open to bicycling unless the trail is a groomed cross-country ski trail or if the local unit of government operating the trail has made a decision to not allow winter bicycling.

Information Courtesy of Wisconsin DNR

Kettle Moraine Southern Unit

2.5 hours from Chicago

Fat bike rentals are available from Backyard Bikes & Skis near Whitewater, WI. Reserve or call ahead before heading over.

Emma Carlin trail system

This is a trail network on County Highway Z just south of State Highway 59. You’ll pass through hardwood forests with mostly hilly terrain. Three trails are color coded and range from 2 to 6 miles. Parking and vault toilets are available. Generally more difficult than the John Muir Trails, these are single track mountain bike trails. Trail map [PDF].

John Muir trail system

This is a very popular trail system on County Highway H north of the Town of La Grange and US Highway 12 and south of the Town of Palmyra. These mountain bike trails are single-track with five different loops ranging from 1.25 miles to 12 miles. Parking, water, and vault toilets are available. Trail map [PDF].

Door County Wisconsin

4.5 hours from Chicago

Nor Door Sport & Cyclery in Fish Creek offers fat bike rentals and is close to a couple great parks in Door County. Rentals are about $10 an hour. Keep in mind that biking on groomed ski and snowmobile trails is not allowed.

Newport State Park has fat bike trail loop which is groomed in some sections. This is Wisconsin’s first designated wilderness park and offers 5 miles of great trails.

Peninsula State Park is another great option. Check out this map to see which trails are designated for mountain biking.

Other Wisconsin Mountain Bike Trail Systems

Park, Forest or TrailMiles of trailFee
Black River State Forest32.7$
Brule River State Forest34
Buffalo River State Trail36$
Copper Falls State Park8
Devil’s Lake State Park6$
Flambeau River State Forest15
Governor Dodge State Park8$
Hartman Creek State Park2$
High Cliff State Park10
Kettle Moraine State Forest – Lapham Peak5
Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit5.5$
Kettle Moraine State Forest – Southern Unit21$
Kohler-Andrae State Park2.5
Lake Wissota State Park11
Mirror Lake State Park9
Newport State Park15
Nicolet State Trail28
Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest471.5$
Pecatonica State Trail10
Peninsula State Park12$
Point Beach State Forest4
Potawatomi State Park8
Richard Bong State Recreation Area12$
Saunders State Trail8
Tuscobia State Trail65
Wild Rivers State Trail104
Wyalusing State Park7.5
Yellowstone Lake State Park3

Hotels and Current Snow Depth

Use our site TripLlama.com to find hotel options in the vicinity, discover other parks to check out along the way, and get up-to-date information on snow depth.