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.
These Rustic Roads will take us across Jackson County, Wisconsin. The first and only route of this county will be route 54.
This route is located off of Interstate 94, near Black River Falls, off of County Road O. It is approximately 12 miles long and is paved. The best part of this route is it takes you through Black River State Forest.
It is lined with thick, mature trees with plenty of turn offs to enter the park as well as pull outs to start hiking on trail heads. Easy twists and turns throughout the entire route with small pockets of open fields along the way. The Rustic Road route follows the North Settlement Road the entire way, stay on this road for the entire 12 miles.
During the winter season this route is quiet and desolate, the only vehicles around are maintenance vehicles for the park. There are no residential areas anywhere along this route. About a quarter way through the road comes to a “Y” where there is a small street sign that marks Settlement Road, be sure to turn left here to continue along the Rustic Road route.
The second half of the route starts off with a straight route lined with thick trees and brush but not long after, there are two distinct and sharp turns along the way. A few more twists and turns, some may be sharp, and the route continues to offer more views of the Black Hills State Park. One more long and straight path will lead to the final twists and turns before coming to an end at Highway 54.
These scenic drives are broken down by county as most of them are not connected.
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