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Eisenbahn State Trail

Eisenbahn State Trail

This level trail runs for 25 miles through the countryside and includes a five-mile paved stretch through the heart of West Bend. It’s built on a former railroad corridor, a heritage reflected in its name; “Eisenbahn” is the German word for railroad. From West Bend, the trail travels north through Kewaskum and Campbellsport before ending in the Fond du Lac County community of Eden. A five-mile stretch of the trail is paved in West Bend; the remainder of the trail is hard-packed crushed gravel.

The trail crosses the Ice Age Trail and passes near the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The trail is used by bicyclists, walkers and joggers. The paved portion of the trial is also a good place for inline skating. The Eisenbahn State Trail is also the location of a number of events, including the Adrenaline Marathon.

In the winter, the trail is used by cross-country skiers and snowshoers. About 19 miles of the trail is open for snowmobiling—the section of the trail north of Lighthouse Lane. Snowmobiling is not permitted on the section of the trail that travels through West Bend. Winter ATVing is allowed on the portion of the trail that is in Fond du Lac County.

In West Bend, parking is available in lots near Water and Washington streets. Parking is also permitted along city side streets in West Bend. See a map of the Washington County portion of the trail here, and the Fond du Lac segment here.