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.
LaFayette County has only one Rustic Road which is Route 66 that runs parallel to the Wisconsin and Illinois border and located East of Hazel Green. As far as impressive goes this one is not the first one I'd go run to.
It is 7.5 miles long and paved the entire way, however, this route branches off onto other roads, that aren't marked and just come to an end. Some may take you back to a major road and others may not.
As always, bring your map with you, I chose to stay on the main part of the Rustic Road which had high hills and large trees. Near the end it branches off and stayed left and climbed a pretty steep hill. Only to happily discover I was still on the Rustic Road because even the name of this road wasn't marked. As the road came to an end the final "End" sign of the Rustic Road had also appeared and brought me back to County Highway W. Head West to get back to Highway 11 which will bring you back to Hazel Green.
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