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 Eau Claire County, Wisconsin. The first and only route of this county will be route 45. This route is located outside of Augusta, near Coon Fork County Park off of County Road CF. The route is approximately 3 miles long and is gravel.
This route begins with thick woods and vegetation that line the road through easy twists and turns. Soon you will come to a “Y” in the road with the only sign being a yellow one with an arrow that points left, no other markers exist. No street sign or Rustic Road sign to point the way. From here, go left to remain on the Rustic Road. Cross over a small creek that leads into Coon Fork Lake.
The route continues with thick marsh land and trees that line the road along with small hills. Further along the way it opens up to limited residential area and open fields. A very easy, relaxing route the entire way with very few twists and turns. The road comes to an end at a stop sign and you are now at County Road H.
From here, turn right and follow to Highway 12 and then turn right onto Highway 10 which leads to Interstate 94. Head North on Interstate 94 to reach Eau Claire, or South and head towards Black River Falls. The choice is yours!
These scenic drives are broken down by county as most of them are not connected.
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