Zig-Zag Through the Kettle Moraine

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State: Wisconsin
Date Submitted: April 15, 1998
Submitted by: Terry Adams
Motorcycle Road Length: 33 Miles

Written Directions

The route I'm suggesting will sound confusing because it is. The bottom line here is you can try to follow my directions or simply start in Greenbush Wisconsin and head south into the Kettle Moraine State Forest (Northern Unit) ... you really can't lose because its all beautiful scenery . My suggested route: Out of Greenbush, head south on road "T" till it intersects 67. Take 67 west and look for A. Take A south and look for U on the west (right side of the road) and take that till you see Woodside Road on the left. Take Woodside Road west for a short distance and get on Shamrock Road (on the left) south till it T's into Scenic Road. Take Scenic to the right (west) till it T's into Division Road. Take Division Road left (south) down to Butter Lake Road and take a left on to Butter Lake (now heading east). Take that till it T's into route "V" at which you want to take a right and follow that till you can take a right on to Scenic Drive again. Take that south till it T's into "F" and take a right on to "F". Follow "F" till it runs into 67 at which you will take a left on to 67 now heading southwest. Take that till you can take a left on to "G" (now heading south) and stay on "G" till it T's into "SS". Now take a left on to "SS" and follow that through the town of New Prospect and after passing through, look for route "GGG" off to your right. Take "GGG" to the right (south) and then when "GGG" T's into county road "S", take a right on to "S" and conclude your ride in the town of New Fane. .... oh boy ... hope you got that .... don't forget your map.

Scenery  

Don't get too wrapped up in following the exact route I'm suggesting. This area is loaded with other roads for you to explore. This route begins about 20 miles west of Sheboygan in Greenbush, WI.

This is a unique section of Wisconsin that owes its hills and odd rock structures to the clash of two huge glaciers that took place millions of years ago. The area is loaded with lakes, forests and wildlife. The area is incredible in the fall as the leaves change colors.

Road Quality  

Because of the glacier-ravaged terrain in this area, the roads are great for motorcycles. There are plenty of turns and climbs to keep you leaning and accelerating.

Roadside Amenities  

The area has a few key highlights for roadside amenities. I've listed the better ones below.

The town of Greenbush is has a good website giving information and advice for those who want to enjoy mountain biking in the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

The town is also home of two outstanding historical sites. The Wade House is an old stagecoach inn built in the 1850s. There are daily tours from May through October. The Wesley Jung Carriage Museum tells the story of a German immigrant who built a successful business building carriages. His son took over for him and did well until the adoption of automobiles around 1917 put them out of business. The grandson began collecting these carriages and you can see his collection that is now open to the public.

After you head south out of Greenbush, in a few miles you will intersect the path of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. When completed this trail will cover 10,000 miles of Wisconsin territory, linking six units of the Ice-Age National Scientific Preserve.

A must stop (about mile after turning west on to Rte. U) is parking and a short trail leading to the Parnell Observation tower. This structure is positioned on a hill and rises about 50 feet above the surface and gives you a birds-eye view of that region of Wisconsin.

Long Lake Recreation Area offers all types of water sports as well as trails for hiking and biking.

The Ice Age Reserve Visitor Center is located at N1765 Hwy. G, Campbellsport 53010 and open daily (call for hours and other information ( 414-626-2116).

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather . - Eagle Center Stage Coach Inn - Kettle Moraine State Forest (North Unit) - Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources - Wisconsin Accomodations

Nickname (optional) Terry Adams

 

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Ratings/Reviews

 

Reviewed by Steve1 on March 20, 2012
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Steve
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Nomad
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and rode with my son up to the Kettle Moraine park from IL, last Friday, 3/16/12. I would not recommend this time of year. Really not much to see from road. Park roads are not that exciting (25 mph) and several sections in north end of park are gravel.

Caution for non-resident bikes, there is a $10 parking fee, per bike, at Parnell Observation Tower.

Looks like a lot of great hiking trails if you're into that.

Disappointed! :(
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Reviewed by 96DGGM on October 24, 2013
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Creator: Jeff
motorcycle_year: 2003
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: I live less than an hour from this ride. It is a beautiful area with lots to offer. You must stop at the Hamburger Haus in the on season for lunch. Very popular stop and a good location to watch other bikes ride by. The only negative is there are a lot of stops/intersections on some of the route. And in some of the areas the curves can be gravely. Despite that, if you are in the area its a must do.
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Reviewed by paxx on June 3, 2012
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Creator: Pax
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Suzuki
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: Scenery was nice but the roads are covered in gravel making turns at speed pretty treacherous.
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Reviewed by Guest on November 7, 2010
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Creator: sammy
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: I live in this area and always ride these roads. We stop in Dundee at the Road House also the burger place sells schwaller's steaks which are the best! Many poker runs from the south and northeast make these a stops. The view is wonderful in spring, fall, and summer. Each time has its benefits, from beauty in fall, to cooling shade in summer, to starting the year in spring. Also, take in to the north Fudgienuckles in Glenbulah on County A, nice food good atmosphere and in St. Cloud off of County G(newly paved) north of HWY 23 Fat Boys good fun and a biker stop for many poker runs. I would plan a trip here for biker vacations if I did not live here. As the man said earlier Wade house is only for some. Last week in September is always civil war reenactment which is more than the usual history stuff and worth the cost. Worth the trip.
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Reviewed by Guest on August 16, 2010
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Creator: Linda
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: Honda
Comment: August 2010, Nice ride-thru the forest, scenery very nice, zig zags-lots of curves, The tower is worth climbing the scenery is awesome--saw some deer--agree head out to Greenbush and once in the forest just follow the green scenic route signs which are easy to follow. The Wade House in Greenbush was dissappointing unless you really like that stuff--the ride was worth it!
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Reviewed by Guest on April 14, 2009
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Creator: Phil
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Great ride all through this area. Went there last weekend. Will go back later this summer. Good bars in Dundee.
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