Stroll to The Big Marsh
Just step out onto Lake Road from the cottage and turn left to enjoy a lovely stroll until your feet get wet. You will find The Big Marsh at the end of the road, Round Lake is on your left and Long Lake to the right. Take a morning cup of coffee with you... simple but worthy. Enjoy!
Little Bluff Trail Little Bluff Trail
The trail head is an easy bike or walk from the cottage located on Main Street just by the post office. A hiking trail meanders up Little Bluff where three temple mounds still stand. Interpretive signs are located on top of Little Bluff, as does a commanding view of the Mississippi River. People left Cahokia 1,000 years ago, traveled 530 miles up the Mississippi River and founded a community at Trempealeau. This is an easy hike up and the view is spectacular. This is a must!!
National Wildlife & Fish Refuge The Refuge
My personal favorite place in Trempealeau; 6,446 acres of natural wonder. I have walked or biked every trail on the refuge and each time it is a different experience. The main 5 mile walking trail (and you can drive but watch for little snakes, frogs, insects - you don't want to run them over) is flat and scenic. The reward is the landing at the main building offering a view of the marsh and the many birds that take refuge; Swan, Pelican, Geese, Heron, Egrets, Crane to name a few. Hike the dike to add an additional 1.5 miles and rest on the bench as you take in the sounds of the marsh. Another great addition to the main hike is Kieps Landing; another dike offering more treats for nature lovers. If you visit the "Plan Your Visit" page on their website, you will find brochures, maps and a bird checklist. The refuge is part of the Great River State Trail.
Great River State Trail GRST
Lake Road Cottage is equipped with two bicycles and helmets. You can access the GRST from the cottage; a 1.5 mile bike ride. You will need to obtain trail passes from one of the local shops in town. The trail is 24 miles which travels through prairies and backwaters of the upper Mississippi. The trail is built on an abandoned Chicago-Northwestern railroad line and is part of the rails to trails project. Here is a link to a good map MAP. The trail is made of a finely crushed limestone and is nice for walking and biking. You can use the trail to access Perott State Park, The Wildlife Refuge, and Elmaro Winery.
Biking in Trempealeau - Bike Trails in Trempealeau The link provides a map for four bike trails in Trempealeau ranging from two miles to 11 miles.
Bike & Snowshoe Rentals -at Drift-less Bike and Bean. I think it's $15/day. You can buy trail passes at Driftless.
Perrot State Park Perrot State Park
You can bike the 3.3 miles from the cottage to the Park entrance. If you drive into the park, there is a fee. The Park offers numerous hiking trails ranging in distance and skill level. The most famous trail is Brady's Bluff. The trail is steep but very well maintained offering stairs and handrails. The views are the payoff for the effort. The Park is 1270 acres featuring views of Trempealeau Mountain, the limestone bluffs, and river valleys. The Park is site of the earliest encampments by European explorers and named for Nicolas Perrot the first explorer to document the area. Trempealeau Mountain was an area considered sacred by the Native Americans. Some earthwork mounds made by Native Americans are located in the the Park. Enjoy a ride in the park then hang-out at the dock and enjoy the Trempealeau River and view of Trempealeau Mountain.
McGilvray Seven Bridges Seven Bridges
This is not in Trempealeau but well worth the 11 minute car ride. The trail is about four miles and ends at the Black River where there is a bench to just chill and watch the river go by (one of my favorite things to do). It's a sweet walk! Make sure you wear long sleeves and bug repellent. Visit the website to obtain history of the bridges and the group effort to make this pathway reality.