Elroy-Sparta Trail reopens Saturday

KENDALL, Wis. (WKBT) – After nearly four years closed for repair, the Elroy-Sparta State Trail reopens Saturday May 14.

Following summer flooding in 2018, officials closed the trail for repairs.  Two total bridge replacements, three culvert replacements, four landslide repairs and a significant stream/trail embankment restoration later, the Wisconsin DNR is ready to officially open the state trail in a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday morning at the Kendall Depot.

“It’s been a long time coming, but we’re so excited to have the Elroy-Sparta State Trail open again and more resilient to future storm events. As the oldest rails to trail in the country, we needed to ensure the trail could sustain future generations of bikers, walkers, runners and snowmobilers,” said Steve Schmelzer, DNR Parks Director. “We appreciate everyone’s patience while the trail was closed and look forward to seeing folks back on the Elroy-Sparta this summer, supporting our rural economies and getting out to explore beautiful Wisconsin.”

DNR staff completed repairs with the help of donations from the Tunnel Trail Campground in Wilton and 2.3 million in funding from FEMA.

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