The Rustic Roads program was created about 40 years ago and allows everyone to enjoy the less traveled, scenic backroads of Wisconsin regardless of the season. 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 most of these routes don't end near a major city or road and have limited GPS signals. Be sure to print out the map from the Wisconsin DOT website and take with you to help navigate you along the way. Hopefully, my blogs and vlogs will help make the journey a smooth and enjoyable once because once found these roads do show the beauty of Wisconsin's country.
Green County offers four Rustic Roads to visit and the first one will make you wonder if your even on the right road. Located outside of Juda I actually thought I had missed it because it wasn't marked properly but I had missed the turn off of the road that was going to take me there. A few miles later I visited Illinois, came around a bend and received a "Welcome To Wisconsin" greeting from my GPS. Where was the one for Illinois? Anyways, as I was heading back towards Juda I realized I was on County Road G which is where the route is suppose to be. Sure enough a few minutes later I saw the unmistakable brown and yellow Rustic Road sign that pointed left; I have found Route 90.
Now, this is an unpaved a little over three mile route that when turning on it looks like you are about to enter someones farmland but no, this is the Rustic Road and another sign confirms it a few feet ahead. There is no mistaking that this is a one lane, one way route, however, there is no signage indicating which way is the right way. Now, if you can drive this route without meeting anyone there are large fields and farms with lush rolling hills that line the first part of the route. If you do meet someone, get ready to dip into the ditch so that both of you can pass. Thankfully, the ditches aren't deep and weren't full of water.
This part of the route comes to a stop sign, turn left and take the first right. This portion is paved and only a little bit wider than the route you just left and you will have to hug the side if you meet someone. Turning on the last portion of this route doesn't get any easier it turns back into the unpaved, one lane route you left less than a minute ago. Still if you can, the place has thick trees and rolling hills making it a nice drive...if you don't meet anyone. This route ends at County Highway OK, turn right and head towards Highway 11/81.
The second route is located near Brodhead off of County Road F; Rustic Road 27. The road has rough patches but has easy hills and turns that snake through residential areas. It is a little over four miles and is paved the entire way. Large trees and pines line the road as you continue on before coming to an end at County Road F, a few miles from Albany.
The second route is located near Brodhead off of County Road F; Rustic Road 27.
The road has rough patches but has easy hills and turns that snake through residential areas. It is a little over four miles and is paved the entire way. Large trees and pines line the road as you continue on before coming to an end at County Road F, a few miles from Albany.
Next comes Route 94 located near Argyle. It is a little over four and half miles long and paved. This is a smooth road, however, the twists and turns become a little sharper along this route
There are also plenty of turn offs along the way, the route starts on Skinner Hollow Road, stay on it the entire way to enjoy the thick trees, homes, and occasional field that line this Rustic Road. As you come near the end there are old, falling down buildings and barns but don't let that take your eye off of the road for too long because up ahead is a large hill with a blind turn at the top. Take your time, enjoy the vast view at the top before continuing on to the end which will be County Road J.
Lastly, is Rustic Road 81 located off of Highway 39 near the town of New Glarius. A lot of steep hills and sharp turns make up this three mile, paved route.
Thick trees and brush line it most of the way but make sure you follow Leglar Valley Road the entire way which will bring you out to County Road H. Turn left to head back towards Highway 39 and 69 as well as New Glarius.
This town not only has places to stop, eat, rest and fill-up but also a lot of historical charm. Take a few minutes to drive through it and enjoy the old buildings and railroad.
These scenic drives are broken down by county as most of them are not connected.
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