BADGER STATE & JANE ADDAMS TRAILS
What could be better than riding two great connected trails in one day. The Badger State Trail
( https://www.traillink.com/trail/badger-state-trail/ )
and The Jane Adams Trail.
( https://www.traillink.com/trail/jane-addams-trail/ )
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The Original Bike Taxi will transport 5 or 6 guest and their bicycles from Palatine / Barrington or your location to the trail-head in Madison Wisconsin. On your journey south, The Original Bike Taxi will meet you on the trail AT LEAST 3 TIMES. First at The Badger State Trail Parking (Purcell Road). Then, The Ice Age Trail Parking (Monticello Segment-Tunnel Road) and Richland Creek Trail-head and shelter house. We are happy to carry all your gear/food, as well as basic bicycle tools and a first-aid kit. You don't have to ride the entire trail, we will happily transport you between stops.
Sample pricing from Palatine / Barrington to the trail-heads
14 hour charter with SAG Vehicle support only $400. That's 5 friends X $80 for a memory of a lifetime. We will pick you up, take you to the trail-head of your choice, meet you multiple times during your adventure. We can pick you up / drop you off when and wherever so you can ride only the best parts of the trail. We can carry your food, a grill, burners, extra clothes, all your stuff.
THE BADGER STATE TRAIL
The Badger State Trail is a 40 mile linear bike path paved with crushed limestone in south central Wisconsin. The trailbed occupies the former Illinois Central Railroad's Freeport to Madison line. It was converted to a multi-use path in 2006.
The Stewart Tunnel is the big draw for bike tourists on this trail. The tunnel was completed in 1887 with hand tools, explosives, and a steam shovel. The long tunnel curves over its length so that when standing in the middle a person can experience pure darkness. Flashlights are required and bikers should walk their bikes through the tunnel. The Stewart tunnel is also a cool respite on a hot summer afternoon.
The trail begins on Madison's West Side in Fitchburg at a major intersection of bike trails and runs south towards Monroe and eventually the Illinois state line to where the trail meets up with the Jane Adams Trail. One of the stand out features of this trail is the Stewart Tunnel - a historic rail tunnel carved out of a stone hill that is 1/4 of a mile long and 21 feet high. Otherwise, most of the scenery along the Badger State Trail is bucolic countryside with lazy creeks and quiet pastures.
NOTE: A State Trail Pass ($25 annually/$5 daily) is required for bicyclists 16 and older. For information, visit the Wisconsin DNR website. https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/trailpass.html
*** passes can be bought on site or somewhere along the trail - please just have $5 cash for the purchase***
THE JANE ADDAMS TRAIL
There’s no debating the historical significance of the Jane Addams Trail. Not only is it named for a Nobel Peace Prize-winning social activist who grew up nearby, but the trail also passes the site of the second Abraham Lincoln-Stephen Douglas debate, located in Freeport.
The trail runs nearly 19 miles from historical Tutty’s Crossing in Freeport to the Wisconsin border, where it becomes the Badger State Trail. It follows a rail line that the Illinois Central built in 1887 between Freeport, Illinois, and Madison, Wisconsin. The route, which crosses 22 bridges on the way to the border, is part of the 500-mile Grand Illinois Trail. Future plans call for a connection to the Pecatonica Prairie Trail east of Freeport.
Starting at Tutty’s Crossing trailhead in Freeport, you’ll wind through a historical district on sidewalks and bike paths for about 0.4 mile to a park featuring displays and life-size statues marking the site of the second Lincoln-Douglas debate in 1858. Following on-street bike lanes another 0.4 mile takes you to the original steel truss railroad bridge across the Pecatonica River and the beginning of an off-road paved trail that proceeds 3.5 miles to the Wes Block trailhead. The path is crushed limestone from Wes Block north.
Heading due north, the trail passes through woods that support a wide variety of trees, birds, and other wildlife. During deer-hunting season, it’s recommended that trail users wear blaze orange. Bright-colored clothing is also advised for those traveling on foot or skis during winter, as snowmobiling is allowed when at least 4 inches of snow are on the trail.
As you travel from Freeport north to Orangeville, you will see exposed rock embankments as well as creeks and wetlands. Vistas of open prairie and farmland are interspersed among the wooded areas.
You’ll cross County Road 5 at 3 miles past the Wes Block trailhead. It’s less than 2 miles on a shoulderless road to the childhood home and grave site of Jane Addams in Cedarville. Born here in 1860, she received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for her humanitarian deeds, which included the opening of a settlement house project (Hull House) in Chicago and activism in the social and political movements of her time.
About 7 miles north of CR 5, you’ll cross a covered bridge as you arrive in Orangeville, where the Richland Creek trailhead provides a quiet and convenient place to end your trip with a covered shelter and nearby gas station for refreshments. The official end of the trail is at the Illinois-Wisconsin state line, about 2.5 miles north. You’ll need a Wisconsin state trail pass if you plan to ride the remaining 40 miles north to Madison on the Badger State Trail.