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Omaha Bike Trail

The Omaha Bike Trail is paved and runs south for 13 miles from Camp Douglas to Elroy Wisconsin. The trail follows what was the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad line. The trail has a 875 foot tunnel that was built in 1876. The railroad company employed a tunnel watchman from 1910 to 1947 to open tunnel doors when needed. The last train passed through the tunnel on March 25, 1987, and was converted to a bike trail via the Rails to Trails Program. The bike trail opened in 1992. The trail passes spectacular rock outcroppings, not found anywhere else in Wisconsin. Beginning at the northern end in Camp Douglas, the trail will take you past farms and though pastures for 4 miles before reaching the small town of Hustler. This small village has a public park right near the trail that provides a great spot to rest. There are several places that serve food in Hustler. Leaving Hustler the trail gently rises through scenic bluffs.  At the halfway point, you will reach the entrance to the 875-foot-long tunnel. This historic railroad tunnel is one of the highlights of this trip. A small rest area just before the tunnel's entrance provides restrooms, water, and a bike repair station. Contrary to the placement of the tunnel on most maps, it is actually 3¾ mi from Hustler to the tunnel. Upon exiting the tunnel it is all downhill to the town of Elroy. The final 7 miles pass through sections of dense forest and past scenic Wisconsin farms.

Trail Fees:
A county trail pass is required for persons over the age of 18 to ride the trail, there is no charge for foot traffic.
Day Pass :       $2.00
Season Pass:  $10.00

Passes may be purchased from these vendors:
Elroy:       
Elroy Trail Commons
Hansen's IGA
Hustler:   
Hustle Inn                
Camp Douglas: 
Camp Douglas Travel Mart
 

Trail Section Maps

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Omaha 2
 
Omaha 3
 

Omaha Trail Map Overview

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