Relax in a whirlpool, explore our snowshoe trails, cross-county ski, speed down our sledding hills, enjoy a crackling bonfire, stargaze or just soak it all in. In warm seasons we also offer farm tours, yoga retreats, disc golf tournaments, events and gorgeous Wisconsin Elegant Barn Weddings. Come visit us for the day or stay in our farmhouse suites and log cabins for the ultimate Wisconsin getaway. We offer cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding / snow tubing with amenities, including:

  • Large indoor warming area
  • Booths with tables and seats
  • Bonfire Ring and Firewood

  • Heated indoor restrooms
  • 8 foot tables and folding chairs

  • Pizza, wine and beer
  • Snack shop: hot chocolate, bottled water, Gatorade, candy bars

 

 

 

 

Disc Golf

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 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 rated #5 in the US for pay-to-play courses. 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 courses 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 Trail Fee is $5 and includes trail access.

 

 

Motorcoach Tours

Enjoy a lunch or dinner stop at Justin Trails Resort. We are happy to customize a menu for your group. While you’re here enjoy a tour of our gardens. Llamas Dusty and Rusty love to be hand-fed treats. Hear the story about our century Justin Farm history transitioning to a resort. Learn about disc golf.

For ideas of fun things to see and do in the area, check out these five itineraries:

Buggies and Barns, Inspired Mosaics. Made In the USA, Outdoor Adventure and Sparta Winter Holiday Tour.

Bird Watching

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 woodland, ponds and organic farm land. Each year at Justin Trails Resort a bird counts is performed.

A breeding bird count was taken in June, 2017 with a total of 69 bird species identified! Our property hosts 7 species of woodpeckers, 7 varieties of flycatchers, 4 thrush species, 3 vireo species, Scarlet Tanager, and at least 8 warbler species. Owls and raptors can often be seen or heard.

 

Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Life is a personal and meaningful event to pay tribute to a life lived with lots of laughter and storytelling. When someone dies we want the chance to say goodbye, honor their memory, and look for meaning in the death. The focus is not on the death of the person, but on the joy that the person brought to others.

Host a Celebration of Life ceremony in the serene setting of our beautiful Elegant Barn. Open the doors wide for a view of the lush green, grassy hillside. Whether considering a simple tribute or a more elaborate event, we encourage you to find inspiration in the little things that made your loved one special. After the ceremony, enjoy a customized meal. Call Donna 608-269-4522 for details.

 

Trail System

Nestled in a private coulee, Justin Trails Resort includes 200 acres of woodland, hills and meadows. We created a trail system in 1985 for guests to enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, running, fat tire biking 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 hills! Access to our trail system is included for lodging guests, for day visitors the Trail Fee 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. As you look up into the night sky, it seems as if you can reach up and grab the Big Dipper. During winter evenings sledding and snowshoeing are phenomenal.

With 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.

 

 

Snow tubing & Snowshoeing

Snow tubing is good old-fashioned fun for all ages! Race down either of our tubing hills or link up with friends and enjoy a ride together! We are open 10:00 AM daily. Snow tubing is available on two groomed hills, one 600 foot steep hill great for a fast ride and one 1,200 foot long fun, great for little kids. We provide a variety of small and large snow tubes for your use which are included with your Trail Pass or bring your own. Trail Pass is $5, under age 5 no charge. (Trail Pass is included when you stay in our lodging). We offer 2 sledding hills, beautiful vistas and it is good for your health. Kids will sleep well tonight!

If you can walk, you can snowshoe, no experience is necessary for this sport! All you need is a pair of snowshoes (we rent snowshoes for $5), warm clothes, sturdy boots and a sense of adventure! We have snowshoes for adults and children.

On a night hike there is no need for lights with the white snow. Our 4 miles of groomed trails are of varying difficulty and a great way for the entire family to take in the breath-taking vistas, animals & birds, beautiful woodlands and sparkling snow around Justin Trails Resort.

Wildcat Mountain State Park & Kickapoo Valley Reserve

45 Minutes from Justin Trails Resort is Wildcat Mountain State Park and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. On a steep ridge overlooking the scenic Kickapoo River Valley, Wildcat Mountain State Park offers hiking trails with spectacular views and camping for families, groups, and horseback riders. Canoe
the Kickapoo River in your own canoe or rent one in Ontario. The Kickapoo Valley Reserve has an extensive system of rustic trails for equestrians, bikers, and hikers. The equestrian and mountain bike trails are open from May 1 through November 15, as weather permits. Hiking is permitted on all trails, all year.

 

The Elroy-Sparta State Bicycle Trail

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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. May – November. Visit Speed’s Bike Shop in Sparta for rentals,  bike trail passes and shuttle service to your choice of towns.

Wine Tasting Tours

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On your way to or from Justin Trails Resort, make your way along the Driftless Wisconsin Wine and Cheese Trail. Tour southwest Wisconsin’s spectacular Driftless Area while sipping wine and savoring artisan cheeses.
Experience agritourism at its best: walk through luscious vineyards, meet winemakers and cheesemakers and see cheese being made from local milk. 

Horseback Trail Rides

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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 weather permitting by advance reservation, visit redrocktrailrides.com and call 608-344-1359.

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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 La Crosse, each about 30 minutes away.

The Cotter Pin

Leon, WI, 608-487-8118

A cozy wine boutique with excellent comfort food. Panini pressed sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps and daily specials.

Hours: Monday through Thursday 10:00 am – 9:30 pm or later (if busy) and 10 am to close Friday through Sunday.

Cork & Barrel

Sparta, WI, 608-487-9950 

A comfortable atmosphere to grab a glass of wine, beer or bourbon. Our friendly staff will ensure you find something that you will enjoy..

Hours: Closed Monday; Tuesday – Friday 5:00 – 10:00 pm; Saturday 12:00 – 10:00 pm and Sunday 12 – 8:00 pm.

Ginny’s Cupboard

Sparta, WI, 608-269-6669

Sandwiches, Soups, and Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain with outside seating.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 6:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sunday 8:30 am – 2:00 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

Big Boar Barbecue

La Crosse and West Salem, WI, 608-612-0387

home to the best BBQ in the North. We take pride in our savory, smoked barbecued meats and our friendly, casual atmosphere, and we use fresh and local ingredients whenever possible.

Hours: La Crosse:  11:00 am – 8:00 pm daily, West Salem: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm daily

The Charmant

La Crosse, WI, 608-519-8800 

Offers a wide variety of dining options on-site. The Charmant Hotel takes a thoughtful and sustainable approach to food and drink, sourcing from regional farmers and purveyors and working with local breweries and spirit makers.

Hours: Call ahead for hours…each dining option offers different hours.

Lovechild

La Crosse, WI, 608-433-2234

Uncomplicated food with intriguing ingredients and big flavors – locally sourced and seasonally driven

Hours: Sunday Closed; Monday – Saturday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Mint

La Crosse, WI, 608-519-5011

A neighborhood craft bar & eatery providing locally sourced, consciously prepared food & craft cocktails. We use the bounty of our backyard paired with multicultural culinary expertise to provide our customers with a consistent rotation of delectable dishes.

Hours: Monday Closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Piggy’s Restaurant

La Crosse, WI, (608) 782-5400

Mon-Fri Soup and Salad buffet is a local favorite! Live Blues Bands every Fri and Sat 8:00-11:30 in the Blues Lounge. Lotsa Pasta Thursdays, 5:00-8:00 Chef prepared pastas with tons of toppings and sauces! Center cut steaks, flown in fresh seafood and a smoker stoked with Hickory wood from the surrounding bluffs.

Hours: Sunday 4 – 10:00 pm; Monday – Friday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm and Saturday 4 – 11:00 pm

The Twisted Moose

La Crosse, WI, 608-782-9192

Menu includes some of the finest flavors of the North and some delicious “twists” on traditional comfort food, all served in a resort-like setting – log siding, a stone fireplace, woodsy décor & when weather permits, front windows that open up wide to the world outside.

Hours:Closed Monday; Tuesday & Wednesday 4:00 – 10:00 pm, Thursday 4:00 – 2:00 am, Friday 3:00 – 2:30 am and Saturday 11 – 10:00 pm

The Waterfront Restaurant

La Crosse, WI, (608) 784-4877

Elegant restaurant offers the most dynamic dining experience in La Crosse, breathtaking riverside seating and the highest quality products. Great for romantic dinners!

Hours: Sunday Closed; Mon-Friday 11:00 am – 9:30 pm; Saturday 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm

El Vallarta

Sparta, WI, 608-269-0547

Casual Mexican Restaurant with a full menu. Awesome service!

Hours: Sunday 11:00 am – 8:30 pm; Monday – Thursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Friday & Saturday 11:00 am – 9:30 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 (April – November)

Slice of Chicago

Sparta, WI, 608-269-2181

Homemade pizza with dough prepared daily. Fresh vegetables, cured cheeses & leanest meats. Chicago style pizza offering a casual dine in, carryout or delivery experience.

Hours: Monday – Thursday 4:30 – 8:00 pm, Friday 4:30 – 9:00 pm, Saturday 3:00 – 9:00 pm, Sunday 3:00 – 8:00 pm

Franklin Coffeehouse

Sparta, WI, 608-633-5332

Freshly-brewed coffee and teas, with iced and hot options and stir-in favorites. Also, homebaked scones, cinnamon rolls, muffins and glueten-free cookies.

Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 6:30 am – 2:30 pm; Thursday 6:30 am – 4:00 and Saturday 7:30 – 1:00 pm.

Dave’s Pizza

Viroqua, WI, 608-638-4000

Great pizza, buffet and salad bar. Gluten free options!

Hours: Sunday & Monday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, Tuesday Closed, Wednesday & Thursday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm 

Driftless Cafe

Viroqua, WI, 608-637-7778

Farm-To-Table dining with a full menu. Outstanding!

Hours: Sunday & Monday Closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11 am – 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 11 am – 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tangled Hickory

Viroqua, WI, 608-637-3031

Fun Wine Bar & Bistro with a full menu. Great food and atmosphere!

Hours: Sunday Closed, Monday – Thursday 4 – 11:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 4:00 pm – 2:00 am

Viroqua Food Co-op

Viroqua, WI, 608-637-7511

Deli serves 3 meals daily from the hot bar, with a soup and salad bar, made-to-order sandwiches and coffee, tea and espresso.

Hours: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm Daily

Borgens Cafe

Westby, WI, 608-634-4003

Homemade comfort foods for breakfast and lunch. Salad bar with locally sourced seasonal produce, complete with homemade soups and salads. Friday fish fry. Don’t forget the pie!

Hours: Saturday – Thursday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm, Friday 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

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