The Touring Maps included on this web site are taken from our Manitowoc County Bicycle Touring Guide developed by the Lakeshore Pedalers, Inc. as a way of sharing with you some of the many bicycle routes we have come to know and enjoy in Manitowoc County. We recommend that you use a detailed county map along with this touring guide.
The routes we have included were chosen for their scenic beauty, points of interest, good road surfaces, and light auto traffic. Some routes are short and relatively level and others are medium to long distances with some hills. They loop through many areas of Manitowoc County, so wherever you are in the county, you are near one of our routes.
Before you start to ride, make sure you and your equipment are in good shape. If you have not ridden your bike too often, start with shorter rides and work your way up to longer distances. Conditioning your body is a gradual process, so take it easy at first. Rest when you are tired and drink plenty of liquids.
The various routes are numbered and described below. Click on the number on the map or next to its
description below to view and/or print a route.
Silver Creek Park is the starting point of this tour, which takes you through southern Manitowoc County. Loops in lengths of 25 miles, 50 miles, and 64 miles are shown on the map. Outstanding scenery will be found east of Rockville where the route crosses the Ice Age Trail, and also north of School Hill on Spring Lake Road. The terrain is generally flat to rolling hills.
This ride begins at the Coach Lite Inn in Manitowoc and ends at Fleet Farm. Loops of 18 and 24 miles are shown. There is a scenic downhill on Thunder Road. The route follows the Branch River and passes the Branch River Country Club, with another nice descent on N. Union Road to the bridge crossing the Manitowoc River. Hilltop Road lives up to its name. Hempton Lake Road takes you through Mosquito Junction.
This ride is a 25 mile loop which begins in Valders. Points of interest: (1) Collins Marsh Wildlife Refuge, stop in the Nature Center and climb the 100' tower. (2) One lane bridge across the Manitowoc River. Scenic wooded areas are located along Carstens Lake Road and Boldt Road. Terrain is flat to rolling hills with a nice downhill on Niles Road.
This ride begins about 5 miles west of Manitowoc on County Highway JJ. It is a 17 mile loop. Points of interest: (1) Pinecrest Historical Village. (2) Lower Cato Falls County Park. The route follows the Manitowoc River Valley and passes through the village of Clarks Mills. In spring you can see rapids and standing waves west of the bridge on old County Highway H.
This ride starts from St. Nazianz Village Park and travels through the southwestern part of Manitowoc County. This ride is a 20 mile loop through rolling hills with some farm and wooded areas. It passes by a unique little chapel in the county, Lax Chapel.
Starting point of this 13 mile ride is Shopko Parking lot in Manitowoc. Points of interest: (1) Manitowoc Company South Works and Crane Test Pile. (2) UW Manitowoc County Campus. (3) Silver Creek Park. (4) Turn of the Century Museum. Enjoy the view on County Highway LS as it follows the scenic shoreline of Lake Michigan.
This tour starts at Neshotah Park in Two Rivers and takes you through northern Manitowoc County. Loops shown on the map are 28, 40, and 64 miles. The route passes through Point Beach State Forest and also runs parallel to and criss-crosses the scenic Ice Age Trail. Uphills are found on Fischerville Road and a long downhill on Reifs Mills Road.
This ride begins at Neshotah Park in Two Rivers and follows the lakeshore to Kewaunee, returning to Neshotah Park by the same route. This type of ride is called a spoke ride. The other rides in this touring guide return to the same starting point by another route and are called loop rides. Total distance covered by this ride is 55 miles. The route passes through Point Beach State Forest and near the village of Two Creeks. For an interesting side trip, go east to Two Creeks Road toward the Lake Michigan shore. Points of interest in the area include the Two Creeks Buried Forest and the Two Creeks General Store. Both the Point Beach and the Kewaunee Nuclear Power Plants are visible from the route. The terrain is relatively flat farmland.
This ride begins at Fox Hills Resort or Main Streeet Market in Mishicot. The north loop is 19 miles and the south loop is 14 miles. The Ice Age Trail runs alongside Saxonburg Road while East Short Road follows the East Twin River. Terrain is flat to rolling farmland with a good size downhill as you enter Mishicot from the east. Stop in at the Old School in Mishicot which contains craft and specialty shops.
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