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Ekia 08-23-2011 07:27 AM

South WI Beginner Trails (SOS)
Hello all,

I just moved to northern IL, around North Chicago/Waukegan area (20 minutes from SE WI). I'm from Arizona where trails are plentiful, but I'm having a really hard time finding beginner to moderate trails. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I really need somewhere for stress relief!


debsjk 08-23-2011 09:33 AM

The badlands is in Attica, Indiana. They have a wide variety of trails Badlands

I have not been to the Cliffs, but I know people who have.
Cliffs Insane Terrain

Ekia 08-23-2011 09:38 AM

Yeah, I have heard of these, haven't been out there yet though. I'm planning on Badlands first, it's only like 3-4 hours drive.

I'm really looking for somewhere to go that's closer, somewhere I could go on a Tuesday after a stressful day at work to just relax and drive. Say like 30-45 minutes away at most. (and free isn't bad =P)

upnorth 08-24-2011 02:15 PM

there isnt much here in wi, there is some forest trails (free) in nekossa but i havent been there myself (i work to much) but in southern wi i dont think there are any trails. if you find some and are looking for a trail buddy let me know im always up for a ride.

Cbaltz 08-25-2011 07:17 PM

Count me in too. Nothing I know of... Maybe Bong recreation area...

upnorth 08-26-2011 09:38 PM

where is bong rec. area?? if its kind of close i would be in for a ride.

79Scout 08-26-2011 09:48 PM

Bong Rec. area (and, no - even though an ironic name - it's not THAT kind of Bong Rec. area), is down by Union Grove, WI, in the Racine Kenosha area.

Here's the Hero that it's named after - Richard Bong - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

MoMud 10-13-2011 02:27 PM

Bong has off reading for jeeps?

Another Guy In A Jeep 10-22-2011 09:51 PM

Iv been asking around, i think bong is intended for more quad and dirt bike type of usage, im not sure if its really meant for Jeeps, or even if they are aloud??

If anyone knows more about the place, make a post. I am in the area.

deadhead 10-22-2011 10:18 PM

The area youre referring to is the Richard Bong State Recreation Area. Bong is 8 miles southeast of Burlington, Wisconsin, on State Highway 142. The area differs from a state park or forest in that it offers additional activities not found in those areas.

The area encompasses 4,515 acres of rolling grassland, savanna, wetlands and scattered woodland. Bong is open year-round and has 41.1 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and ATV and dirt bike riding.

As with all Wisconsin state owned land, 4WDs are not allowed on trails. 4WD's are only allowed on roads and parking areas on state owned properties in Wiscosnin.

rjk5828 10-28-2011 03:04 PM

That was very clear. Are there any nice rides in the Hidden Valleys area west of Madison towards the Mississippi? We are driving up from Chicago this weekend in our new jeeps and want to go for a drive and get them dirty. Love to drive along the Kickapoo, but most of the roads are paved there.

Windy_city_Jim 04-23-2012 05:35 PM

What up ekia Im in waukegan too ... Off road around here is super rare there are some good backroads (not the same I know )

CustomTJSahara99 05-17-2012 11:16 AM

I live in Racine WI, best trails I've been on were up north in the forests near Michigan and they were meant for 4 wheelers and snow mobilers. Nothing around the SE.

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