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The Pecatonica Route is named for the Pecatonica River which is a major feature along this route. It meanders through southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois before it joins the Rock River. Even though this route is not located along the Mississippi River, the hills and valleys in this part of the state still provide plenty of interesting and fun roads.  If you look at the map above you can see that the entire area is covered in hills. These hills and the valleys in between provide many miles of amazing roads. We selected the route above, but there are many more roads in this area that are worthy of further investigation. We plan on doing so in the near future, and you should too!  This part of Wisconsin is home to an early settlement of Welsh miners in Mineral Point and an early Swiss settlement in New Glarus. Between these two historic sites is the beautiful Yellowstone State Park. In addition to these great stops, this route is also home to Blackhawk Memorial Park, the Toy Train Barn Museum, and Nick Englebert’s Grandview. Finally, this route is home to Wisconsin Rustic Roads #81 and #94.


Approximate Mileage:  220

Estimated Riding Time:  6 Hours

Road Surface:  Paved




  • Darlington:  Lafayette County Courthouse, Lafayette County Speedway, Carved Redbird

  • Blanchardville:  Yellowstone Lake State Park

  • Argyle:  Blackhawk Memorial Park, Toy Train Barn Museum

  • Hollandale:  Nick Englebert’s Grandview

  • New Glarus:  New Glarus Woods State Park, Swiss Center of North America, Swiss Historical Village Museum, New Glarus Brewing Company

  • Mineral Point:  Shake Rag Alley, Pendarvis House, Mineral Point RR Museum

  • Browntown:  Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area, Hawks Mill Winery

  • Rustic Road #81, #94


A Paper Map is available for this route.

Motorcycle Rides, Mineral Point, Dodgeville, Darlington, Gratiot, Woodford, Hollandale, New Glarus, Monroe, Argyle, South Wayne


Pecatonica 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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