The Rustic Roads program was created about 40 years ago and allows everyone to enjoy the less traveled, scenic backroads of Wisconsin regardless of the season. 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 most of these routes don't end near a major city or road and have limited GPS signals. Be sure to print out the map from the Wisconsin DOT website and take with you to help navigate you along the way. Hopefully, my blogs and vlogs will help make the journey a smooth and enjoyable once because once found these roads do show the beauty of Wisconsin's country.
There are three routes in Dane County which is also the county of our State Capital located in Madison. The first one is Route 96, a paved route that is a little over three and a half miles. Located off of Nora Road/County Road BN outside of Door Creek.
Nora road splits and turns into the Rustic Road, turn off here and stay on Nora Road the entire way. The road is smooth with a lot of open fields, curves and turn offs which can make it tempting to take one of them but don't. Stay on Nora Road to enjoy the entire Rustic Road journey. Large homes and barns can also be seen here before it comes to an end at County Road N just outside of Cottage Grove. This is one of many suburbs of Madison with plenty to see and do when in the area.
The second Rustic Road is Route 20 a paved route that is almost three miles long. Unfortunately, I was unable to visit it. Due to heavy snow and rain, the water is high and has caused flooding and road erosion forcing the county to block off the section until repairs can be made. Once it has been re-opened this will be a nice route to drive as it runs parallel to Lake Kegonsa and access to Lake Kegonsa State Park. It is located a short distance from McFarland and ends near Highway 51.
McFarland is another town that offers plenty to see and do as well as stopping points to get out, stretch your legs, fill your car or get a quick bite to eat before heading off to the third and final route; Route 19.
This route is located next to the Waubesa Wetlands State Natural Area. What is interesting is Highway 14/18 near Madison is a short distance away and always busy but drive a few miles East and you are in total peace and tranquility.
This is a smooth, easy and straight route that starts on County Road B, follow it along the wetlands, open fields, and a slight curve before coming to an end at Goodland Park Road. Follow Goodland Park Road back to Highway 14 and enjoy the small suburb of Fitchburg or head into the Capital City of Madison.
These scenic drives are broken down by county as most of them are not connected.
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