2018 Monroe County

68 | Hidden Valleys of Southwest Wisconsin Four Seasons Visitor’s Guide MONROE COUNTY gomonroecounty.com Welcome to Monroe County n KENDALL Nestled in the rolling hills is the community of Kendall, incorporated as a village in 1894, growing from a railroad community to a farming community.   The former Chicago and North Western railroad bed is now the Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail, serving thousands of hikers, bikers, and snowmobilers throughout the year.  Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy the scenic Baraboo River, which flows through the village park. Trail headquarters is the restored Kendall Depot, which offers specific information about the trail, bike rental, and shuttle service.  The Kendall area has an active arts community. The Colors of Kendall , held Monroe County offers visitors a variety of contrasts in each of the four seasons. Historic bike trails with cavernous tunnels, an Amish community, thousands of acres of cranberries, Fort McCoy, numerous museums, and great hunting and fishing opportunities lure visitors from across the nation to Monroe County. Visit the Monroe County Museum and the Tomah Historical Museum to check out our rich history. We boast seven museums where you can explore dolls, railroads, cranberries, Fort McCoy, Astronaut Deke Slayton, space, bicycles, and so much more. The people in our communities work hard for a living and enjoy the quality of life that our area provides for a good family “country style” of life. It’s not only the beauty of our land, but the people that make the place. the second Saturday in October, features the Autumn Ridge Art Tour and local producers. The towns along the trail welcome bicyclists with open arms.  They offer food, refreshments, and plenty of places to stop and rest.  n WILTON Wilton is a small, picturesque farming community located at the headwaters of the Kickapoo River and at the middle of the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail.  Gentle rolling hills lend the area a charm all its own. Wilton Wood Turtle Days is a celebration held annually on the first weekend in August.  It features a 5K run, fantastic fireworks show, softball tournament, volleyball tournament, arts and crafts display, parade, water fights, and fun for the whole family. The Wilton Lions Club members serve up a tasty pancake breakfast each Sunday morning in the summertime in the Wilton Village Park Campground, located only five blocks from the bike trail.  Tunnel Trail Campground lies next to the bike path and offers visitors a swimming pool, bike rentals, mini golf, and a repair shop. Wilton offers visitors several restaurants, a small hotel, and several bed and breakfast establishments. Don’t Miss... • Cranberry Country • Elroy-Sparta & La Crosse River State Trails • Monroe County Museum • Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center • Wegner Grotto • The Amish • Fort McCoy • World’s Largest Bicycle • Tomah Historical Museum • Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bike Museum • Little Falls Railroad & Doll Museum Corralling cranberries in Warrens, WI