How it Works

  • Set a goal to become either a Badger Explorer or a Trail Explorer this year.
  • Buy your trail pass on our home page, if you don’t already have one.
  • Complete the online Trail Explorers Interest Form to receive this years' Scavenger Hunt questions
  • Plan your itinerary, then RIDE! While on the trail remember to take plenty of water and snacks and follow good trail etiquette. Also, take your camera along for pictures.
  • When you've finished riding the trails and have answers to all the scavenger hunt questions, complete the online Trail Explorer Completion Form. (2017 deadline is Nov. 20)
  • Email your journal, and photos to: info@friendsofbadgerstatetrail.org
  • The Explorers Award committee will review your application and if you’ve met all program requirements, will declare you an official Badger Explorer or Trail Explorer.
  • You will be invited to attend our annual awards ceremony to celebrate your achievement and be recognized with a certificate, patch and bike related prizes.
  • Take the challenge and join one of our programs this year!

Trail Etiquette

Following are some best practices for bicycling on recreational trails. Other tips are available in the publication Wisconsin Trail Etiquette and Safety Guidelines published by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
  • Ride Single file. You can ride two or more abreast if you will not block other traffic.
  • Control your speed. Trails are not an appropriate place for
    high speed riding.
  • Obey traffic signs and signals. Use hand signals to indicate left or right turns, slowing or stopping.
  • When passing, go slow and give an audible signal.
  • At night, use a headlight, taillight and reflectors.


Why Become an Explorer

There are a number of reasons people love to bicycle and ride recreational trails.

Explore the great outdoors - It's fun to be outdoors enjoying nature. In the Stateline region it's possible to see a variety of wildlife, flora, and fauna in a peaceful setting far from noise, pollution, and congestion.

Enjoy health and fitness – Bicycling is a great way to get low-impact exercise that can contribute to your well-being and quality of life.

Get to know your neighborhood - If you live in the Stateline region, get to know the area right outside your own back yard. If you're a visitor, then come and enjoy the variety of towns and the diversity of the countryside with its rolling hills, long views, limestone bluffs, and native prairies.

Inspire others - Share your experience with family, friends and other outdoor enthusiasts by having your photos and journal published on the internet. Whether you remember seeing a bounding deer, counted the number of trestle bridges, or spotted a turtle resting on a log, others will be inspired and motivated to follow in your tire tracks and make their own discoveries.

Know a different world - Create lasting memories through these and other experiences:
  • Ride late at night with the stars overhead or under the light of a full moon.
  • Bike through a dark tunnel without seeing the walls or the ceiling - not even a light at the end.
  • Return to the place where another trip ended and continue on.
  • Realize that after building up all summer that you can cycle all day without getting tired.
  • Turn your daydream into a reality.