There are three Rustic Roads located in LaCrosse County. The first one is Rustic Road 26, a little over five miles long, paved and located outside of Shelby on Highway 14. Turn onto County Road MM and start the route with a steep climb up, once there enjoy the rolling hills view. A few turns show farm fields and farms along the way. The route is smooth and easy 3/4 of the way with plenty of old barns to see along the way.
Approximately, the last two miles the road begins to have sharp turns and steep inclines as you make your way downhill towards the end. Just before the ending there is a large building on your right called the Shrine Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe. When the trees are in full bloom this will be hard to see but since I'm in early Spring it wasn't hard to miss. A few more sharp and slow turns brings you to the end and to Highway 14 just outside of Shelby.
The second route is Rustic Road 31 located in West Salem. Yep, this Rustic Road takes you through a small, historical town. The Rustic Road signs are there but they aren't always obvious, especially, when your coming from Interstate 90 just outside of LaCrosse. I recommend writing down the street names so you know when to turn to enjoy the entire Rustic Road. The old buildings that are along this route are very interesting to see. There is also a railroad that runs through this small and yet, very busy little town.
Route 31 is also a two-part Rustic Road. The first, taking you through West Salem and ending at Highway 16. Turn right on to Highway 16 and a short distance, also marked, is the second part of Rustic Road 31. It is a loop through a small park alongside Neshonoc Lake and the Hamlin Garland Historical Marker. Re-trace your route to get back to Interstate 90 and enjoy the small historical town again.
The last route is Rustic Road 64 which is almost three miles long, paved and a few miles away from Council Bay on Highway 53. For the most part a straight and smooth drive through a residential area of nice homes, groomed yards and open lots. There are a few sharp turns along this route but stay on Amsterdam Praire Road and you'll be able to enjoy the entire Rustic Road route which will bring you back to Highway 53. This is a very busy Highway and if you want to drive through Council Bay, which I recommend, then you may have to turn Right to go Left.
Entering Council Bay is like taking a step back in time. This town has preserved and is still using it's historical buildings for commercial and private businesses. It is also next to a Natural Area with a large, roaring river that flows into it. Cross over the river to continue on Highway 53 and enjoy the modern day part of Council Bay with plenty of places to stop, eat, rest or turn around and find a parking spot so you can walk through the historic section. Highway 53 is a major highway that continues North and offers great countryside views of Wisconsin. This route will eventually lead you back to I94 just outside of Osseo or continue on Highway 53 towards Eau Claire.
These scenic drives are broken down by county as most of them are not connected.
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