Running 10 miles through the picturesque Bonner Branch Valley, this county-operated trail links Belmont with Calamine and the 47-mile Cheese Country Trail. The Pecatonica State Trail follows the old Milwaukee Road railroad corridor that at one time hauled lead through this valley, reminiscent of the mining era which once dominated this region of Wisconsin. The western terminus of the trail ends in Belmont, but eventually may continue to the city of Platteville. On the east end, the trail connects to the Cheese Country Trail in Calamine.
The Pecatonica State Trail may bring a number of different users to the trail at the same time. It is important to use good trail etiquette to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all trail users.
ATVs are allowed year-round on the Pecatonica State Trail when there is less than one inch of snow coverage on the trail. Operators must follow all Wisconsin ATV operation laws. The trail also provides connections to the Cheese Country Trail and the Lafayette County ATV trail system.
Walking and Bicycling
The entire trail is open to walking and bicycling when there is less than one inch of snow coverage on the trail. The trail may be rough or soft in many sections. If you plan to bike the trail, the tread is more suitable for off-road bikes. Bikers mush share the trail with motorized vehicles and horses. Each bicyclist age 16 or older needs a Wisconsin State Trail Pass while using the trail.
Pet owners, please be sure to have your pet on a leash, 8 feet or shorter, at all times. You must pick up after your pet. Pet owners must share the trail with motorized vehicles and horses.
The entire trail is open to horseback riding when there is less than one inch of snow coverage on the trail. The trail may be rough or soft in many sections. Riders must share the trail with motorized vehicles. Each rider age 16 or older needs a Wisconsin State Trail Pass while using the trail.
Snowmobiles are permitted on the trail. Operators must follow all Wisconsin snowmobile laws, including traveling no more than 15 miles per hour within any of the village limits. The Pecatonica State Trail also connects to numerous miles of Lafayette County snowmobile trails.
The trail is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, however, the trail is not groomed, and skiers and snowshoers must share the trail with snowmobiles and ATVs.
How to Get There
Belmont - Parking is available at Bond Park in Belmont, just off of State Highway 151.
Calamine - Parking is available near the connection of the Pecatonica and Cheese Country trails by County Highway G in Calamine.
The Cheese Country Trail [exit DNR], which runs between Mineral Point and Monroe, connects to the Pecatonica State Trail in Calamine.
Lafayette County, 626 Main Street, Darlington, WI 53530 -- (608) 776-5706