A Green Wisconsin Getaway and Resort
Relax under 125-year-old maple trees, explore our hiking trails, play disc golf, enjoy a bonfire, stargaze or just relax and soak it all in. We also offer farm tours, yoga retreats, disc golf tournaments and events, and gorgeous Wisconsin barn weddings. Come visit us for the day or stay in our farmhouse suites and cabins for the ultimate Wisconsin getaway. If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly resort, then you are in luck! We’re also a certified Travel Green Wisconsin Inn.
Justin Trails Resort offers two 18-basket professionally designed championship disc golf courses, and regularly hosts tournaments. Our Classic Course is rated #1 in Wisconsin and #5 in the US for pay-to-play courses, and is approximately 1 mile in length. Expect a mix of wide open fairways, dramatic elevation changes and tightly wooded shots. Experienced players will love the challenge of our Big Brother Course. The course is 3+ miles long and features amazing vistas, enormous downhills, and an incredible finish for a day of golf you will never forget! (Download map) We loan discs for use on our course, and we have Dynamic discs, snacks, wine and beer for sale in The Lodge. If you are not familiar with the sport we will be happy to give you a quick introduction; you might just return home with a new hobby! The course is open year round during daylight hours or at night by appointment. Course access is included for lodging guests, for day visitors the fee is $5 and includes trail access.
Set in private valley, Justin Trails Resort is situated 200 acres of woodland, hills and meadows. We created a 10-mile (16K) trail system in 1985 for guests to enjoy hiking, fat tire biking, running, or making up their own adventures (check out our self-guided scavenger hunt.) We are a pet friendly Wisconsin getaway, and our property offers a great opportunity for dogs to run off leash far away from any roads or traffic. Keep your eyes peeled and you may spy deer, wild turkeys, hawks, and other wildlife along the trail. During winter months we offer snowshoe and ski rentals, a designated dog skijor trail and lessons, as well as our famous snow tubing hill! Access to our trail system is included for lodging guests, for day visitors the fee is $5 and includes disc golf. (Download map)
Stargazing & Bonfires
Nighttime is a great time for outdoor adventures. Our remote location and clear skies make for excellent stargazing. On a warm night, as you lie quietly in the grass, it sure seems as if you can reach up and grab the Big Dipper. During winter nighttime sledding and snowshoeing are phenomenal because of the light reflecting off the snow. You may not even need headlamps it is so bright at night. Year round bonfires are super fun, and guests are welcome to use our fire ring and supplied firewood anytime during their Wisconsin getaway.
Pack your binoculars! Wisconsin is home to over 300 species of birds, and our beautiful eco-friendly resort is the perfect place to spot them. We offer a peaceful habitat for our feathered friends with over 200 acres of woodlands, ponds and organically farmland. Each year at Justin Trails Resort a bird count is performed, sometimes several times during the year, and on our latest count was taken with a total of 53 bird species identified.
Farm to Table Breakfasts
A hearty breakfast with made-to-order entrees is included with your lodging! Served in The Lodge, come down at your leisure from 7:30am –10:00am, or we can arrange to have it delivered to your Wisconsin bed and breakfast suite, cottage or log cabin. Catering to gluten free, dairy free and vegan diets is easily accommodated. So we can be appropriately prepared, please let us know your special dietary needs when making your reservation.
Breakfast Includes, but is not limited to:
- Justin Trails handcrafted granola, fresh-baked muffins or scones
- Plain yogurt sweetened with a variety of locally made maple syrups
- Fresh seasonal fruit or fruit compote
- Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot cider and fruit juices
- Choice of entrees made from locally raised organic eggs includes: scrambled eggs, pancakes or French Toast
- Bacon locally, sourced from Foss Fine Meats, is served on the side upon request
The Elroy Sparta Trail
Minutes from Justin Trails Resort is the first Rails to Trails Project in America, The Grandaddy of them all, The Elroy Sparta Trail. The trail remains one of the most popular trails in the country. With three century-old railroad rock tunnels and five small towns along it’s 32.5 mile route, the trail is a favorite Wisconsin bicycling destination. Visit Speed’s Bike Shop in Sparta for rentals and bike trail passes.
Wine Tasting Tours
Take in the Driftless Area’s rolling hills and bluffs from the luxury of an Executive 6-person limousine. Leave the driving to your chauffeur, relax and enjoy country views. Hear local folklore first hand. Stop in quaint towns & pair local wines with artesian cheeses. Tour rates start at $150 for two peopled for 4 hour excursion. Contac Mike at Mr. Trip-It and reserve your tour 608-632-2301.
Horseback Trail Rides
Love horseback riding? Located only 10 minutes from Justin Trails Resort, Red Rock Trail Rides has been in business since 1994 on their 293 acre farm, homesteaded by Timothy Sullivan in 1885. Choose from 26 gentle, well-trained horses & ponies. 10+ miles of groomed trails covering ridge and valley, divided into 3 trails depending on your riding experience level. Rides offered 7 days a week with advance reservation, visit redrocktrailrides.com and call 608-344-1359 to book.
Additional Area Activities to enjoy:
- Canoeing or Kayaking on the scenic Kickapoo River or La Crosse River
- Visit the Deke Slayton Space & Bicycle Museum in Sparta
- Spend the day exploring historic downtown Viroqua shops, dining and theatre
- Explore back roads and visit the Village Shops in Wisconsin’s largest Amish community
- The area offers winding roads through scenic valleys perfect for motorcyclists
Our Favorite Local Restaurants
There are a number of excellent local restaurants to enjoy during your Wisconsin getaway in Sparta, only 15 minutes from Justin Trails Resort, as well as the charming town of Viroqua or the bustling downtown of LaCrosse, each about 30 minutes away.
Driftless Cafe | Viroqua, WI| 608-637-7778
Farm-To-Table dining with a full menu. Outstanding!
Hours: Sunday & Monday Closed; Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Ginny’s Cupboard | Sparta, WI| 608-269-6669
Sandwiches, Soups, and Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain with outside seating.
Hours: Monday – Friday 6:00 am – 8:00 pm; Saturday 6:30 am – 8:00 pm; Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tangled Hickory | Viroqua, WI| 608-637-3031
Fun Wine Bar & Bistro with a full menu. Great food and atmosphere!
Hours: Sunday & Monday Closed; Tue, Wed, Thur 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Fri & Sat 4:00 pm – 12:00 am
The Waterfront Restaurant | La Crosse, WI| (608) 784-4877
Elegant restaurant & piano bar overlooking the river. Great for romantic dinners!
Hours: Sunday Closed; Mon-Friday 11:00 am – 9:30 pm; Saturday 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Piggy’s Restaurant | La Crosse, WI| (608) 782-5400
Excellent hickory-smoked meats and seafood, plus a blues lounge overlooking the river.
Hours: Sunday & Sunday 4:00 -10:00 pm; Mon-Friday 11:00 am-2:00pm and 4:00-10:00 pm
Jake’s Northwoods | Sparta, WI| 608-269-6464
Full Menu featuring steak, chicken, fish, pasta, soup, and salad.
Hours:Closed Sunday & Monday; Tuesday – Friday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Saturday 3:00 – 10:00 pm
Rudy’s Drive-In | Sparta, WI| 608-269-2011
Old Fashioned Drive-In with Hamburgers, Cheese Curds, and Ice Cream.
Hours: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Daily
Slice of Chicago | Sparta, WI| 608-269-2181
Homemade pizza with dough prepared daily. Fresh vegetables, cured cheeses & leanest meats.
Hours: Monday – Friday 4:30 – 9:00 pm; Saturday 3:00 – 9:00 pm; Sunday 3:00 – 9:00 pm
El Vallarta | Sparta, WI| 608-269-0547
Casual Mexican Restaurant with a full menu. Awesome service!
Hours: Monday – Saturday11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Dave’s Pizza | Viroqua, WI| 608-638-4000
Great pizza, buffet and salad bar. Gluten free options!
Hours: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Thur, Fri, Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Viroqua Food Co-op | Viroqua, WI| 608-637-7511
Perfect casual lunch stop with soups, salads, and sandwiches.
Hours: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm Daily