Wisconsin Rustic Road 86
The Roads of the route:
This cache is part of a series intended to showcase Wisconsin’s Rustic Roads (W.R.R.). Wisconsin Legislature established the Rustic Roads program in 1973 to preserve what remains of Wisconsin's scenic, lightly traveled roads.
Drive with caution and be prepared to stop! Parking is limited and difficult in winter. It is best to attempt this one in snow-less conditions.
Please be aware that the Glacial Drumlin Bike route crosses Waterville Road. Also, all of Rustic 86 is popular with cyclists and the shoulder is a thin gravel strip which is dangerous for them so be sure to give them a little extra room. Horses are also common alongside the road so please drive this route with your eyes open.
When you arrive you will have driven on part of a 7.3 mile route which has been designated as Wisconsin Rustic Road number 86. This route includes portions of Waterville Road, Town Road G, County ZZ, Strawberry and Piper Roads and runs from US 18 to WIS 59.
WRR 86 provides nice views of the Kettle Moraine State forest as well as sections of open prairie as it rises and falls over this picturesque landscape. Take your time and enjoy the drive or park your car and bike or hike one of the trails which intersect the road.
• The Ice Age Trail here features a (very) small glimpse of exposed Niagara Escarpment as it makes its way from Wisconsin to the mighty falls which shares the escarpments name.
• The Scuppernong Hiking Trail has many routes and wanders through a heavily wooded forest with a mix of mostly gentle grades and rolling hills.
• The Glacial Drumlin Bike Trail crosses this route on its 52 mile journey from Waukesha to Cottage Grove. A trail pass must be obtained to bike this path (hiking is free).