Great Arc Bike Route

The Niagara Escarpment Resource Network published the Great Arc Bike Route Map, thanks to the efforts of Greg Hines, Glacierland RC&D, Adam Pfefferle of the East Central Wisconsin RPC and others. This 288-mile bike journey takes you through some of Wisconsin’s most splendid and diverse landscapes and vistas from Mayville, near the Horicon Marsh in Dodge County, to the tip of Door County and Washington Island.

Born out of the 2010 Year of the Niagara Escarpment, the inspiration to create a bike route on the Escarpment evolved to build continued awareness about this fragile ecosystem. Hines, Fred Depies and avid bicyclist Dave Gramling, comprised the initial committee and Hines took the lead. Through all NERN projects and initiatives, we aim to celebrate and bring awareness and appreciation to this amazing resource that essentially defines the Lakeshore region and ties us geologically all the way north and east into Ontario and New York State.

Along the route, you can see Lake Winnebago, the Fox River Valley, biking trails, the Fox River Trail, and travel through urban and rural areas, state parks, and county trails. It spans from southwest to northeast along the Door Peninsula and includes the Horicon Marsh. The route may eventually be expanded with secondary trails and informational signage.

Initially, NERN produced 4,000 maps, most of which have been distributed to state parks, county offices, some area visitors’ and convention bureaus, nature centers and other outlets within escarpment counties. In-kind and financial contributions toward this project came from Trek, Glacierland RC&D, the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, and the East Central Wisconsin and Bay-Lake RPCs.

Downloadable .pdf versions of the maps are available by clicking the links below:

Wisconsin Great Arc Bike Route Map (Northern ½)
Wisconsin Great Arc Bike Map (Southern 1/2)

A web-based version of the route (including the ability to download GPS coordinates to your iPhone, etc.) can be found at this link:

Main Route
East Alternate Route
Washington Island Route

If you would like a hardcopy or two of the map (limited supplies left!), please e-mail us at .

We hope to generte a second map in this series in cooperation with our Canadian partners for Manitoulin Island, which sits between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.