Wisconsin Bike Trails to Explore Near Madison

Get Off the Bike in Paoli Wisconsin

How can an unincorporated town have so much cool stuff? I’d like to say it’s a hidden gem – but in talking to the locals, it’s not so hidden any longer. Right along the Sugar River, this 2 block town is a great stopping point for road trippers and bikers. This unincorporated town even has a bike shop!

There are a number of options for lunch in the little town of Paoli. If you are looking for something a bit more refined and healthy (don’t worry – you can come in your bike clothes!), check out the Paoli Schoolhouse Bistro. The one-room schoolhouse was built in 1854. The Schoolhouse was last used as a school in 1972 by the Belleville School District. It now serves up delicious lunch and dinner with fresh local ingredients and inventive cocktails.

If you are looking for something a bit more laid back and quick, check out the Mill in Paoli. The historic stone Mill is home to a collection of boutiques, artisan food makers, beverage purveyors, and hospitality providers in an idyllic park setting. I suggest you pick up a burrito from Molino Taqueria.

With the hardest part of your ride already completed, I also suggest you grab a beer at the Hop Garden and sit outside by the river and enjoy a little downtime! Granted – if you are riding you can’t drink much, but Hop Garden is a really cool brewery. They grow their own hops for their delicious small-batch beer! I visited their tap room at the Mill in Paoli and I also went to visit their farm to see their entire hop-growing operation – from farm to tap! They are one of the few breweries in Wisconsin growing their own hops.

This longer ride out to Bellville and through Paoli was a highlight of my time exploring Madison by bike! This was just one day of the 4-day Trek Travel Self-Guided Madison trip. Consider the Trek Travel Self-Guided trip like the spokes of a wheel with the Mansion Hill Inn in Madison at the center, and then you take 4 different bike days out of Madison and back based on the itinerary. Eat in and enjoy Madison every evening, and go out and explore by bike during the day outside of Madison. For the bike enthusiast – this Trek Travel itinerary would be a perfect way to experience Wisconsin biking!

Trek Travel offers Self Guided Trips like this all over the world where they take care of all of the planning and all you have to do is ride.

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