Bike, Explore and Earn an Award!

An Explorer Award recognizes people who have explored the recreational trails in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois within a given year. The trails can be explored on foot, skis, bicycle or a combination. This includes the Badger and Sugar River state trails.

We currently offer two awards: the Badger Explorer and the Trail Explorer. The requirements for each are different.

The Badger Explorer 
  • Cycle the entire Badger Trail from Madison to the Illinois border, a total of 40 miles.
  • Find answers to five trivia- type questions while on the trail
  • Submit at least two photos
  • Submit a short journal of your experiences while riding the trail
The Trail Explorer
  • Cycle the entire Badger Trail, Sugar River Trail and Jane Addams Trail, a total of 80 miles
  • Find answers to ten trivia type questions
  • Submit at least three photos
  • Submit a short journal of your experiences.

Contact for more information about the program.