Visitors who travel the country roads in Monroe County will find panoramic views of beautiful hills and valleys. During the last glacial advance in the area, the Wisconsin River was obstructed near Wisconsin Dells, and it then formed a glacial lake which covered most of the area. Mill Bluff State Park, located three miles southeast of the village of Oakdale, was once underwater. The La Crosse River offers Monroe County visitors scenic and challenging kayaking and canoeing. The river remains at canoeable levels throughout the summer.
The Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail is considered to be the first “rails to trails” hiking/biking trail in America! Built from an abandoned Chicago Northwestern main line, the trail features three amazing rock tunnels and dozens of old stone bridges. These tunnels were cut through the rolling hills of Wisconsin in the late 1800’s. Tunnel #3, which is 3/4 of a mile long, is the longest bike trail tunnel in America!