A ten minute drive south of Devil’s Lake State Park on Highway 12 will take you to Sauk-Prairie and the Sauk-Prairie Riverway walking & biking trail right on the banks of the Wisconsin River. The paved trail is just about a mile-and-a-half long, stretched out to 3 miles round-trip. Along the way, there a few historic points of interest, a park, and some nice fishing spots.
We certainly recommend this trail for families with younger children. The Sauk-Prairie Riverway is an easy pedal, even with training wheels. There are only two small hills that may require a walk, otherwise it’s easy-going. Being downtown, it’s pretty easy to find food and snacks, although a picnic lunch at the park or along the river would be a treat. Bathrooms are available as well.
If you wish to add a few more miles, you can continue from the southern end of the trail, across the highway 12 bridge and onto a 2 mile section of trail that follows along the highway. This section is strictly adults and older kids only, because of the fairly hilly terrain. This section of the trail can be enjoyable but you do need to tolerate the heavy road noise from the highway.
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