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.
Hello Grant County, WI. Located in the Southwest Region of the state getting close to the borders of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. There are two in this county with the first one being Rustic Road 70.
It is located outside of Stitzer and is approximately 10 miles long made up of both gravel and dirt sections. Get ready for a roller coaster of a ride through the countryside when you get on here. There are some signs to guide you along the way but have your map handy because about half-way through they disappear and your on your own.
The hills are high and blind with no way of seeing what is coming at you until you are over the hump of the hill and it is a steep dive down before coming back up the next one. Surrounded by countryside, farms, and livestock. The road divides to either turn left to go on Hill Road or keep going straight. Hill road and the rest of the way slowly but surely become more and more narrow the further along you go. Not only do you get the pleasure of having to be mindful of oncoming cars but the roller coaster hills with sharp turns only get more frequent if you choose this way. Continue onto Sleepyhollow road, followed by Scenic road and end at County Road E just outside of Stitzer.
The second Rustic Road is 99 located near Potosi which also has a large Brewery if you choose to stop for a break between drives.
This route is a little over three miles long and is an easy drive compared to 70. It makes a "U" shape around the town of Potosi starting and stopping at Highway 133. Enjoy a paved drive through high and thick trees with easy twists and turns along the way. Turn on River Lane Road and behold a view of the Mississippi River there is even a pull off next to it for you to step out and take pictures. Head back to Highway 133 which will lead back to 61 S and take you to any major city you choose.
These scenic drives are broken down by county as most of them are not connected.
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