The Rustic Roads program was created about 40 years ago and allows hikers, bikers, and motorists to enjoy the less traveled, scenic back roads of Wisconsin regardless of the season. These routes help to enhance the beauty and serenity that the state has to offer. There are approximately 119 individual routes that travel through 59 counties and when added up equal about 722 miles.
It is important to point out that these routes do not connect to each other and some are quite a distance apart from each other. Also, markings are limited and usually only one-way and regardless of what the website says, most of these routes don't end near a major city or road with limited GPS signals. Be sure to print out the map from the website and take with you to help navigate you along the way.
Welcome to Chippewa County's Rustic Road, Route 6. This route is located outside of Cornell on County Road E and it's a long one, thankfully, paved the entire way. There is only one sign, when turning on County Road E, that confirms yours on the Rustic Road, the rest of the way is on your own. However, there is an upside, this route, stays on County Road E the entire way.
It is divided into two parts and is a little over 13 miles long! Most of the Rustic Roads are under ten but not this one. There are a lot of twists, turns, and hills throughout the first part of the route which is the longest at a little over ten miles. It also has a lot of hidden driveways and blind corners, be aware of all that is going on around you. Thick trees, homes and campgrounds line the road as well as swamps and wildlife.
County Road E comes to a stop sign and here you are at County Road M, again I remind you, there are no signs so be sure you have the map as GPS signals are spotty. Turn left on M and around a curve, you'll see a sign pointing to the right for County Road E, this is the second part of the Rustic Road, turn right and stay on it for almost three miles. There are more twists, and turns as well as open fields, and rolling hills. This is a popular route, especially for hikers and campers be ready to slow down for them as they too, are enjoying the scenery and trying to maneuver the sharp turns.
Finally the route ends at County Road D and are out of Chippewa County and now entering Rusk County where another Rustic Road is located. There are no major roads nearby, however, County Road D will eventually lead you back to Chetek. Enjoy!
These scenic drives are broken down by county as most of them are not connected.
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