top of page

The Black Hawk War was a tragic period in early Wisconsin History.  The Black Hawk Trail Route includes a series of historical markers commemorating the events that occurred during the Black Hawk War in this area.  In addition to following the trail of Chief Black Hawk, this route provides the rider with an opportunity to enjoy portions of the beautiful Mississippi Great River Road as well as part of the scenic Kickapoo River Valley.  The Black Hawk trail Route consists of a great variety of roads. Along the Mississippi river, there are some great open stretches resulting in a more relaxed riding atmosphere. You will also tackle small roads in a multitude of valleys that provide a more challenging riding experience.  In addition to the amazing roads, the Black Hawk Trail Route also includes many tourist sites, monuments, parks and natural areas like the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Finally, this route provides access to Wisconsin Rustic Road #55.


Approximate Distance:  230 Miles

Estimated Riding Time:  6.5 Hours

Road Surface:  Paved



  • La Farge:  Kickapoo Valley Reserve

  • Viola:  S&S Cycle Headquarters, Banker Park

  • Viroqua:  Vernon County Courthouse, Vernon County Museum, Eagle Eye State Natural Area, Duck Egg County Forest

  • Westby:  Runge Hollow Recreation Area, Viking Statue, Big Ear of Corn

  • Genoa:  Genoa Fish Hatchery, Giant Tin Turkey

  • Ferryville:  Rush Creek State Natural Area

  • Esofea:  Esofea County Park

  • Vernon County:  Black Hawk Trail Markers

  • Wisconsin Rustic Road #55


A Paper Map is available for this route.

Motorcycle Rides, Ferryville, DeSoto, Genoa, Stoddard, LaCrosse, Chaseburg, Virquia, Cashton, La Farge, Viola, Reedstown, Soldiers Grove, Onalaska


Black Hawk Trail Route

  • If you are riding with a group, we ask that every person using our route for navigation purchase their own copy.


    In order to encourage this, we are happy to offer a discount for group purchases. Please contact us after purchasing 1 item at full price, and we will set up a coupon code that will give everyone in your group 50% off of the same item.

  • Our digital routes are designed to operate in most GPS devices.  In addition to GPSs, our routes should work with several smartphone apps.  They will NOT work on Google Maps or Apple Maps.


    If you plan on using a smartphone app, we recommend the REVER app.  REVER will work with both Android and iOS and in addition to navigation it has many other great features.


    For best results in REVER, download the route to your computer first, then import into your smartphone.  Turn by turn may not work, so we recommend that you utilize the "Follow the Line" option. 


    You can get 20% off your first year’s subscription to REVER by following THIS LINK.

    AND using this coupon code at checkout:  Driftlessforless.


    By using this link and coupon code a portion of your subscription fee will go to support Driftless Roads USA.

bottom of page