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.
Outagamie County has two Rustic Roads, number 53 and 61. The first Route is 61 and it is absolutely nothing like a Rustic Road. This route is paved, clean, lined with homes, signs, and markers the entire way. It is an easy route, with easy curves that doesn't have a lot of countryside to show. There is an occasional farm with some thick trees but other than that it is quickly taken before moving on to Route 53.
Route 61 ends at Parthie Road, head South and route 53 is located about 30 minutes away off of W41 Frontage Road. This is another easy, well-marked route that is about 4 miles long. But it isn't all straight and smooth, there are about three turns along the route but they all come to intersections and are marked with Rustic Road signs. This is a rarity so enjoy this very nice and stress-free route.
It is paved the entire way with open fields and some thick trees that line the road, along with farms, nice homes and a few hills along the way. The bonus of this route is it actually ends near a major Interstate which is I41 which can take you all the way to Green Bay if you desire.
These scenic drives are broken down by county as most of them are not connected.
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