Wisconsin’s Hidden Valley Getaway

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Enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin’s Hidden Valley

Paddle past bluffs, woodlands, and prairies.

  • Bike the 17 prettiest miles of the famous Sparta-Elroy trail
  • Hike through autumn splendor in gorgeous Wildcat Mountain State Park/li>
  • Kayak the peaceful Kickapoo River
  • Horseback ride through rolling Wisconsin countryside
  • Tour Amish country and learn about their culture


Day 1

Explore the pretty Wisconsin countryside on horseback.

Arrive at Country Inn & Suites, Sparta

Choose from two fun adventures:

  • Bike 17 miles (from Wilton to Sparta) through beautiful countryside and mountain tunnels on the famous Sparta-Elroy trail, the first rails-to-trails path!
  • Horseback ride through the rolling Wisconsin countryside

Enjoy great food at Sparta Family Restaurant, conveniently located next to our hotel.


Day 2

Hike gorgeous trails in Wildcat Mountain State Park.

  • Hike the pristine 1.3-mile Hemlock Trail at Wildcat Mountain State Park
  • Enjoy your trail lunch along the pretty Kickapoo River
  • Choose from these three great options:

    - Kayak the peaceful, winding Kickapoo River.

    - Hike the scenic 2.5-mile Old Settler’s Trail at Wildcat Mountain State Park.

    - Explore the countryside, shop, relax, or bike a bit more on your own.

  • Dinner at Jake’s Northwoods in Sparta
Day 3

Meet the Amish and learn more about their culture.

  • Visit the local Amish shops and learn about their community with the local author of "Down a Country Road With The Amish"
  • Enjoy lunch and ice cream at charming Ginny“s Cupboard, an old-fashioned local soda fountain.
  • Head back home, treasuring great memories and warm friendshipsLunch

NOTE: The weekend getaway has the same activities, in a different order

Lodging: Sparta’s Country Inn & Suites

Enjoy the central location, indoor heated pool/whirlpool, guest laundry, high-speed internet, and complimentary deluxe hot breakfast (served at 6 am weekdays and 7 am on weekends). Each room has 2 queen beds, cable TV, coffee maker, hair dryer, alarm clock, shampoo/conditioner, and iron/board.

Venture through the Sparta-Elroy trail?s popular tunnels.

Registration cost covers:

  • Two leaders throughout the getaway
  • Guided hike at Wildcat Mountain State Park
  • Guided 17-mile bike ride on the Sparta-Elroy trail
  • Assistance on the river paddle
  • 2.5-hour guided Amish tour
  • Hot breakfasts at the hotel
  • Wisconsin park entrance sticker for drivers
  • Trip arrangements
  • Online photos of your adventures
  • Bike shuttle tip and reservations
  • Area info, maps, and packing lists

*** Registration cost doesn’t cover meals, lodging, and activity costs. ***


Paddling: 1-person kayaks: $25; 2-person canoes: $30 (includes PFDs and paddles)

Horseback Ride: $37.50 per person (plus optional tip) for a 1.5-hour ride

Ride the nation?s first rails-to-trails pathway.

Bike rental and shuttle through Speed“s Bike Shop:

  • Bike/helmet rental:$19 per person (or bring your own bike)
  • Helmet only rental:$3 per person (or bring your own helmet)
  • Van shuttle to our bike starting point: $15 per person


“ Thanks for a magical weekend. It was such a great change-up from everyday life and labors! I’m looking forward to sharing the photos with friends and family. Thanks for your positive and inspiring leadership and helping us to try new experiences that we might not otherwise have made time for. I look forward to the next outing! ” -Margaret