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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.


    We have tested many Smartphone Apps and here is what we have found:


    Please Note

    • Some Smartphone Apps require a paid version to allow importing routes.
    • Testing was for ‘Follow the Line” only, not “Turn by Turn”.
    • If you use an app not listed below, let us know and we will try to test it for you.
    • We are not experts on Smartphone Apps. We will try to answer any and all questions, but there may be better resources online.


    Apps That Will Work With Our Routes:


    • REVER
    • Scenic (IOS Only)
    • Kurviger (Android Only)
    • Detecht
    • OsmAnd
    • Avenza
    • Calimoto
    • Gaia
    • Ride with GPS
    • GPS Tracks
    • InRoute
    • Harley Davidson
    • Indian Ride Command
    • My Triumph
    • GPX Viewer 2
    • Garmin Explore


    Apps That Will NOT Work With Our Routes:


    • Google Maps
    • Apple Maps
    • Waze
    • Riser
    • ESR (Eat Sleep Ride)
    • RoadTrippers
    • Sygic
    • Guru
    • Road Warrior Route Planner


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