Coon Prairie Trail & Wayside County Park

Bike Trail Links

Coon Prairie Trail Map

Hillsboro State Trail

Elroy-Sparta State Trail
The 400 State Trail
La Crosse River State Trail
Great River State Trail
Vernon Trails
Mountain Bike Trails in Vernon County
Other Related Links

Vernon County Website
City of Viroqua Website
City of Westby Website
Mississippi River Regional Planning Comm.
Biking in Wisconsin-Travel Wisconsin

In 2011, a new 5 mile paved multi-use path and the Wayside County Park opened as part of a four-lane highway expansion project between the communities of Viroqua and Westby. The path is 10’ wide and paved with asphalt.  The path connects the communities of Viroqua and Westby, and at the same time provides a place for residents and visitors to recreate and exercise.  The path also provides  transportation choices for people who commute between Vernon County’s two largest communities.   

Acceptable path uses include hiking, biking, in-line skating, jogging, and cross-country skiing .  Wheelchairs, including electric wheelchairs will also be allowed on the path.  Other than electric wheelchairs, motorized vehicles of any kind are not allowed on the path.  Equestrian use, including horseback riding and horse carriage vehicles are also not allowed on the path. On any given day, you will see many people using the trail for walking, biking, jogging, and roller blading. The trail has proven already to be a great community asset.

The Wayside Park located about halfway between Viroqua and Westby along State Hwy. 14/61/27 is now a Vernon County Park property. The park is used as a path-side park complete with restrooms, fresh water and picnic facilities. The park is no longer used as a motorist wayside, as vehicles from the highway do not have access to the park.

Wayside County Park along Hwy. 14/61

The project was a collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Vernon County, the City of Viroqua, the City of Westby, Vernon Trails (private not-for-profit trails group), and the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission.  In addition, much needed funding support was granted by Vernon Memorial Healthcare, the Coulee Region Organic Producers Pool (CROPP), Quality of Life Chiropractic Clinic of Viroqua, and Vernon Trails.  The project could not have become a reality without these very generous levels of financial and community support.