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Fans of Little House on the Prairie will enjoy this route which includes Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthplace and explores the area depicted in the first of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, Little House in the Big Woods.  The Laura Ingalls Wilder Route is located in the hills and valleys along the western shore of the Chippewa river between Menomonie, WI and the Mississippi River. These hills and valleys provide fun roads with lots of twists and turns. The hilltops also provide excellent vistas of the surrounding countryside.  The L.I.W. route also approaches the Chippewa river in several places and nears the Mississippi River in Pepin, Wisconsin.  There are many points of interest along this route, including the Devil’s Punchbowl, Riverside Park and Waterfall near Menomonie, the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum in Pepin, the UFO Capital of Wisconsin in Elmwood, and the Mailman Haunted Castle in Elk Mound. The route also provides access to Wisconsin Rustic Roads #51 and #89.  Travel in the footsteps of one of America’s favorite authors and experience the Laura Ingalls Wilder Route!


Approximate Mileage:  220 Miles

Estimated Riding Time:  6 Hours

Road Surface:  Paved



  • Menomonie:  Devil’s Punchbowl, Dunn County Courthouse, Dunnville Barrens State Natural Area, Caddie Woodlawn Park, Thunder Hills Speedway, Wilson Place Mansion, Riverside Park and Waterfall, Red Cedar Raceway, Dunnville State Recreation Area and Sandbar

  • Pepin:  Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, Pepin Depot Museum, Five Mile Bluff Prairie State Natural Area, Water Ski Fence

  • Elmwood:  UFO Capital of Wisconsin

  • Elk Mound:  Mailman Haunted Castle

  • Stockholm:  Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthplace, Fort St. Antoine Historic Marker and Overlook

  • Arkansaw:  Arkansaw Cycle Park, Arkansaw Creek Park

  • Wisconsin Rustic Roads #51, #89


A Paper Map is available for this route.

Motorcycle Rides, Pepin, Wabasha, Durand, Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Arkansaw, Stockholm, Plum City, Eau Galle, Elmwood, Downsville, Menomonie

Laura Ingalls Wilder 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.

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