Biking Green County WisconsinWelcome to Monroe and Green County Wisconsin!

Welcome to Monroe and Green County. Whether you are visiting with us, looking to relocate to our area, or are coming back home — we welcome you. The sincere and caring partnering attitudes of citizens, county and city officials, branches of law enforcement, the school system and the business community make Monroe and Green County special. Here you will find the ideal community environment to live, work and raise a family. You will be drawn to call Monroe home.

Walking along our streets, shopping our businesses, or attending our churches or civic organizations, you will find a spirit of caring, friendship and cooperation that permeates every aspect of life in Monroe and Green County. You will find that our community and citizens work together to vision for our future, keeping in mind supportive ways to create change that benefits all.

We invite you to explore everything Monroe and Green County has to offer. There is so much to see and do in this scenic part of our state. Take a journey through our extensive multi-use trail system or tour the oldest continuously working brewery in the midwest (we are home to the second oldest brewery in the nation). Immerse yourself in local and regional art and then sample some of the best cheese this country has to offer, as we have many Master Cheesemakers that call Monroe and Green County home. Whether you are an avid biker, ATV or Snowmobile enthusiast, or just like that pleasant scenic drive, you will enjoy the outdoor activities, trails and parks that are offered here in Monroe and Green County.

You will find that our leadership works to ensure that we enjoy an exceptional quality of life. Monroe boasts 175 acres of parks for you and your family’s leisure, and we are home to two State Parks in Green County encompassing over 415 acres of land. Additionally, both the Badger State Trail and the Cheese County Trail run through Monroe, together these trails have 87 miles of pure enjoyment.

Feel like hitting the greens? Green County is home to 5 public and private golf courses, a driving range, two miniature golf courses and 5 campgrounds. There is literally something for everyone in Monroe and Green County when it comes to recreation.

Like the wide open? In Green County we have many opportunities for canoeing and tubing. And, if you enjoy movies, we have one of the few drive-in movie theaters left in the Country. Come see how special Monroe and Green County are — if you don’t live here, you have to come experience the wonderful quality of life and people that makes us call Monroe and Green County home.

A Bike Tour: Bike the City of Monroe and Green County, Wisconsin

Click on the image to open an interactive bike map of the City of Monroe and surrounding Green County.

Arts, Entertainment, and Culture

Arts and Entertainment Green County Wisconsin

Monroe area offers a rich culture including performing and visual arts.

Goetz Movie Theater
This indoor movie theater is located on the downtown square in Monroe.

1704 11th Street, Monroe, WI
608.325.4545
www.goetzskyvu.com


Monroe Arts Center
The Monroe Arts Center building is home to many artists and performers throughout the year. The MAC, as commonly referred, once housed the Methodist Church and was built in 1869. This building of greek revival architecture features a stunning circular stained glass window, known as the Rose Window, on it’s facade. The MAC hosts performing arts events while the Frehner Gallery features monthly exhibits of visual arts.

1315 11th Street, Monroe, WI
608.325.5700
www.monroeartscenter.com


Monroe Theatre Guild
The Monroe Theatre Guild has been producing quality shows for the Monroe area for 40 years

910 16th Avenue. P.O. Box 481. Monroe, WI
608.325.1111
www.monroetheatre.com/


SkyVu Drive-In Movie Theater
Drive-in movie theater, open seasonally, concessions available. N1936 Wisconsin 69, Monroe, WI
608.325.4545
www.goetzskyvu.com


Swiss Historical Village
New Glarus is home to the Swiss Historical Village which features life depicted from the early European settlers in the 1800s. The village is made up of 14 buildings including a settler’s log home, blacksmith shop, smoke house, general store, school house, church and print shop.

612 7th Avenue New Glarus, WI
608.527.2317
www.swisshistoricalvillage.org


Turner Hall
Turner Hall features a restaurant with regularly scheduled Swiss entertainment including polka bands and the Monroe Swiss Singers. Turner Hall also houses a bowling alley. The original Turner Hall was built in 1868, but burned to the ground in 1936. The community came together to build a new Swiss-style Turner Hall that was completed in 1938. Notable visitors include John F. Kennedy, William Jennings Bryant and Lawrence Welk.

1217 17th Avenue, Monroe, WI
608.325.3461
www.turnerhallofmonroe.org

Cheese, Breweries, and Wineries

Cheese Capitol of the US Monroe Wisconsin, Green County

Monroe is proud to be the home of the oldest, continually operating brewery in the midwest. There are several options within the immediate area for the cheese, wine or beer lover in your group!

Minhas Craft Brewery
The Minhas Brewery, formerly known as the Joseph Huber Brewing Company was built in 1845. The Brewery is the oldest continuously operating brewery in the Midwest and the second oldest in the nation. For a flavorful taste of history, be sure to take a tour! Tours available Friday and Saturday. Call 608.325.3191 for reservations. Minhas currently brews Huber, Rhinelander, and Mountain Crest brands as well as Blumer soda.

1208 14th Avenue, Monroe WI
www.minhasbrewery.com


New Glarus Brewing Company
Nestled just outside of the rolling hills of New Glarus, is the home of the Microbrewers of the ever popular Spotted Cow Ale, Raspberry Tart Framboise and Belgian Red Cherry Ale. Free self-guided tours are available daily.

Hwy. 69, New Glarus, WI
www.newglarusbrewing.com
608.527.5850


National Historic Cheesemaking Center
The National Historic Cheesemaking Center is located at the intersection of Hwy. 69 South and 21st Street. It is a restored 1888 Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad depot. Tourists can recapture the past by touring the center which replicates an 1800s era cheese factory, along with displays, maps and history about our rich cheesemaking tradition. Their welcome center offers local, country and state information on attractions and activities. Open April through October.

2108 6th Avenue, Monroe, WI 53566
www.nationalhistoriccheesemakingcenter.org
608.325.4636


Hawk’s Mill Winery
Reds, whites, and fruit wines – everything from dry to sweet. The tasting room has the feel of a cozy log cabin, with the added bonus of a truly spectacular view. Varietals in the vineyard include Frontenac Gris, Marquette, and Petite Pearl. Nestled between the vineyard’s hills is a small pond with a windmill where a pair of Red Tail Hawks frequently perch – thus the name for the winery – which is located southeast of Cadiz Springs Recreation Area.

W8170 Pilz Road, Browntown, WI 53522
608.966.4295
www.hawksmillwinery.com


New Glarus Primrose Winery
Offering a wide selection of wines, made primarily from Wisconsin grown grapes and fruit, New Glarus Primrose Winery is just a short drive from Monroe and located in the historic swiss town of New Glarus.

226 N. 2nd. Street, New Glarus, WI
www.newglarusprimrosewinery.com
608.527.5053

Outdoor Activities - Camping

Getting in touch with nature has never been easier. Right outside your door you’ll have access to hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Don’t mind jumping right in? Gather your friends and canoe or tube down the Sugar River. Need to unwind? Tee off on one of our many golf courses.

There’s enough beauty, wooded trails, and water to satisfy your adventurous spirit!

Camping Green County Wisconsin, Monroe

Green County Wisconsin area is full of out recreation and offers a nice selection of camping areas.

Crazy Horse Campground
N3201 Crazy Horse Lane, Brodhead, WI
608.897.2207

www.crazyhorsewi.com/


Green County Fairgrounds
2600 10th Street, Monroe, WI
608.325.9159

http://www.greencountyfair.net/site/camping/


New Glarus Woods State Park
W5446 County NN, New Glarus, WI
608.527.2335

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/ngwoods/


Sweet Minihaha Campground
N4697 County E, Brodhead, WI
608.862.3769

www.sweetminihaha.com/


Town Edge RV Park
1407 2nd Street.
New Glarus, WI
608.527.2972

Outdoor Activities - Canoeing, Kayaking, and Tubing

Getting in touch with nature has never been easier. Right outside your door you’ll have access to hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Don’t mind jumping right in? Gather your friends and canoe or tube down the Sugar River. Need to unwind? Tee off on one of our many golf courses.

There’s enough beauty, wooded trails, and water to satisfy your adventurous spirit!

Canoe, Tube Green County Wisconsin

Green County offers many ares for water recreation, Canoeing, Kayaking & Tubing.

Brodhead Parks & Recreation Department
111 W. 2nd Avenue, Brodhead, WI
608.897.2159

  • Canoe rentals
  • Concessions

Crazy Horse Campground
N3201 Crazy Horse Lane, Brodhead, WI
608.897.2207
www.crazyhorsewi.com

  • Tube Rental
  • Kayak Rental
  • Canoe Rental (NOTE: Might need to call and confirm if this is for campers only)

S&B Tubing
100 E. Main St., Albany, WI
608.862.3933
www.badger-trail.com/SB-tubing.htm

  • Canoe Rental
  • Tube Rental
  • Concessions
  • Coolers
  • Shuttle Service

Sweet Minihaha Campground
N4697 County E, Brodhead, WI
608.897.3769
www.sweetminihaha.com/

  • Canoe Rental
  • Tube Rental
  • Shuttle
  • Concessions
Outdoor Activities - Golf

Getting in touch with nature has never been easier. Right outside your door you’ll have access to hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Don’t mind jumping right in? Gather your friends and canoe or tube down the Sugar River. Need to unwind? Tee off on one of our many golf courses.

There’s enough beauty, wooded trails, and water to satisfy your adventurous spirit!

Golfing, Golf Course Monroe, New Glarus, Green County Wisconsin

Golfing in Green County Wisconsin.

COURSES

Argue-ment Golf Course
N9603 Argue Road, New Glarus
608.527.6366
www.arguementgolf.com

9-hole public golf course


Decatur Lake Golf Course
N3941 Golf Course Road, Brodhead, WI
608.897.2777
www.decaturlakegolf.com

18-hole public golf course


Edelweiss Chalet Country Club 
W4764 Edelweiss Road, New Glarus, WI
608.527.2315
www.edelweissccc.com

18-hole public golf course.


Monroe Golf Club 
2205 21st. Street, Monroe, WI
608.325.3157
www.monroecountryclub.com

18-hole private golf course


Windy Acres Golf Course 
N1005 County K, Monroe, WI
608.325.3240

9-hole public golf course.



DRIVING RANGES

Crazy Horse Campground
N3201 Crazy Horse Lane, Brodhead, WI
608.897.2207
www.crazyhorsewi.com



MINIATURE GOLF

Crazy Horse Campground
N3201 Crazy Horse Lane, Brodhead, WI
608.897.2207
www.crazyhorsewi.com


Swissland Miniature Golf
700 Wisconsin 69 South, New Glarus, WI
608.527.5605

Outdoor Activities - Parks

Getting in touch with nature has never been easier. Right outside your door you’ll have access to hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Don’t mind jumping right in? Gather your friends and canoe or tube down the Sugar River. Need to unwind? Tee off on one of our many golf courses.

There’s enough beauty, wooded trails, and water to satisfy your adventurous spirit!

Parks, Playgrounds, Monroe, Green County Wisconsin

The City of Monroe and the Green County area has endless options for out door recreation from our large selection of municipal parks as well as State Parks and forest reserves.

STATE PARKS

Browntown-Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area 
P.O. Box 805,
New Glarus WI 53574
608.966.3777
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/cadizsprings/

Located just east of Browntown on Wisconsin 11 Cadiz Springs includes:

  • Hiking trails
  • Picnic areas
  • Swimming beach
  • Fishing

Two man-made lakes, Beckman and Zander are popular fishing destinations. The park is for day use only.


New Glarus Woods State Park
W5446 County Highway NN
P.O. Box 805
New Glarus WI 53574.
608.527.2335
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/ngwoods/

Located just south of New Glarus on Wisconsin 69, New Glarus Woods is a convenient destination for overnight camping. Hiking trails lead through natural habitats and native oak and walnut stands.

  • 411 acres
  • Group campsites
  • Single campsites
  • Hiking trails


MONROE CITY PARKS

East School Park/Reasa Memorial Playground
9th Street @ 22nd Avenue, Monroe, WI

  • 1.6 acres
  • Basketball
  • Play equipment
  • Shelter

Forest Prairie park
Wisconsin 59, 2 miles NE of Monroe near airport – Monroe

  • 90 acres
  • hiking trails (5 miles)
  • cross-country Ski Trails

Honey Creek park
1000 Block of 4th Avenue West – Monroe, WI

  • 18 acres
  • Ball field
  • Soccer field
  • Play equipment
  • Preschool play area
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Skate Park
  • Prairie area
  • Shelter
    • Restrooms
    • Electricity
    • Bubbler
    • Grill

Lincoln Park 
19th street and 16th Avenue – Monroe, WI

  • 1.5 acres
  • Play equipment
  • Recreation area
  • Shelter
    • Available to rent
    • Restrooms
    • Electricity
    • Bubbler
    • Grill

Northeast Park
5th Street @ 27th Avenue – Monroe, WI

  • 6 acres
  • Tennis Courts – 3, lighted
  • Volleyball Court
  • Ball Diamond
  • Play equipment
  • Sledding
  • Shelter
    • Available to rent
    • Restrooms
    • Electricity
    • Bubbler
    • Grill

Recreation Park
16th Street @ 22nd Street – Monroe, WI

  • 12 acre park
    • Swimming Pool
    • Outdoor
    • Zero Depth Wading
    • Slide
  • Tennis Courts
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Ball Diamond, Lighted
  • Basketball Court
  • Swiss ALPS Playground
  • Shelters (2)
    • Electricity
    • Bubbler
    • Grill
    • Restroom (one)

Twining Park
2nd Street @ 14th Avenue – Monroe, WI

  • 46 acres (lots of green space)
  • Tennis Courts (2)
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Volleyball (2, lighted, sand)
  • Ball Diamonds (2, lighted)
  • Play Equipment (2 areas)
  • City Bandshell
  • Fitness Trail
  • Skating Rink (winter months)
  • Shelters (3)
    • Available to rent
    • Electricity
    • Bubbler
    • Grill
    • Fireplace
    • Restrooms

Playgrounds
The city of Monroe maintains several neighborhood playgrounds, including Advance Playlot, Water Tower Park and the Senior Center Playlot on 10th Street.

Outdoor Activities - Swimming

Getting in touch with nature has never been easier. Right outside your door you’ll have access to hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Don’t mind jumping right in? Gather your friends and canoe or tube down the Sugar River. Need to unwind? Tee off on one of our many golf courses.

There’s enough beauty, wooded trails, and water to satisfy your adventurous spirit!

Swimming Monroe Wisconsin, Green County

Water Recreation in Monroe Wisconsin and surrounding Green County facilities.

Also see parks and recreation.

Brodhead Municipal Pool 
1106 4th Street Brodhead, WI
Outdoor, seasonal.


Monroe, Municipal Pool 
1702 22nd Avenue Monroe, WI
Outdoor, seasonal.



Monticello Municipal Pool 

205 W. Monticello Avenue, Monticello, WI
Outdoor, seasonal.


New Glarus Municipal Pool
300 Railroad Street New Glarus, WI
Outdoor, seasonal


Green County YMCA
1307 Second Street, Monroe WI
Indoor

http://www.greencountyymca.org

Outdoor Activities - Trails

Getting in touch with nature has never been easier. Right outside your door you’ll have access to hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Don’t mind jumping right in? Gather your friends and canoe or tube down the Sugar River. Need to unwind? Tee off on one of our many golf courses.

There’s enough beauty, wooded trails, and water to satisfy your adventurous spirit!

Trails Green County Wisconsin, Bike, Snowmobile, hiking, running, ATV

From hiking, bike, ATV and snow Green County Wisconsin has miles of trails for you to explore.

Badger State Trail 
This 40 mile trail runs from Madison to the Illinois borders through Clarno, Monroe, Monticello, Exeter and Belleville. There is a 980 foot long Stewart Tunnel between Monticello and Belleville in the town of Exeter. The trail intersects with the Sugar River Trail at Monticello and joins the Jane Addams trail at the state line leading south into Freeport, Illinois. Restrooms, refreshments and passes are available at the Green County Welcome Center, 2108 6th Avenue in Monroe.

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobiling
  • ATVs

http://badger-trail.com


Cheese Country Trail
This 47 mile trail is part of the Tri-County Trail System. The trail starts in Monroe and continues through LaFayette County to Mineral Point in Iowa County. Parking and restroom facilities are available at the Green County Welcome Center at Wisconsin 69 and 21st Street in Monroe. You can purchase your season passes at the Welcome Center.

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • ATVs
  • Off-road dirt bikes
  • Snowmobiles
  • Horse-back riders

www.iceagetrail.org


Ice Age Trail
This trial follows the boundary of glacial movements in the state. The Exeter segment of the Ice Age Trail uses portions of the Sugar River Trail in Green County.

  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing

www.iceagetrail.org


Pecatonica State Trail
This trail is on the former branch line of the Milwaukee Road railroad between Belmont and Calamine. The trail is surfaced with limestone and open year round.

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riders

www.tricountytrails.com


Sugar River Trail
This 23.5 mile trail runs along a converted railroad bed and connects New Glarus, Monticello, Albany and Brodhead. This is a four-season trail and it allows you to take in the beautiful scenery. Bicycle trail passes are required and are available at the trail headquarters in New Glarus as well as locations along the trail. One mile of trail is black-topped and open to in-line skaters.

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Snowmobiles

http://www.sugarrivertrail.com

More Recreation Facilities

Getting in touch with nature has never been easier. Right outside your door you’ll have access to hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Don’t mind jumping right in? Gather your friends and canoe or tube down the Sugar River. Need to unwind? Tee off on one of our many golf courses.

There’s enough beauty, wooded trails, and water to satisfy your adventurous spirit!

Roller Skating, Recreation facilities, Monroe Green County Wisconsin

No matter the season, there is plenty to do with Monroe’s recreational facilities!

Go-Karts 
Sugar River Raceway
N2236 Mt. Hope Road Brodhead, WI
608.897.2898
www.sugarriverraceway.com

Seasonal Go-kart track and rentals.


Fitness, Exercise, Sports

Green County YMCA 
1207 2nd Street, Monroe, WI
608.325.2003
www.greencountyymca.org

This facility provides fitness and recreation opportunities for members through it’s many programs for children and adults. The facility includes:

  • Fitness center
  • Indoor track,
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Full gymnasium

Many programs are open to non-members and day passes are available.


Hockey & Ice Skating

Stateline Ice and Community Expo
1632 4th Avenue West, Monroe, WI
608.325.RINK
www.monroeyouthhockey.com

SLICE is home to the Monroe Youth Hockey Association and offers open ice skating for the public. The facility is also available for rent.


Rollerskating

The Roller Den
1506 31st Avenue (County K) Monroe, WI
608.325.2534
www.monroeden.com


Skateboarding

Honey Creek Skate Park (see “parks” for more info)
Located in Honey Creek Park, 4th Avenue West Monroe, WI

Shop the Square

Take a stroll through Monroe’s downtown and you may feel as though you’ve stepped into the pages of a history book. Monroe’s Courthouse Square has served as the

hub of trade and commerce since the Green County courthouse was built in 1891.

Here, you’ll find a number of unique specialty stores, professional services, eclectic restaurants and entertainment options that are nearby.

Tour the Minhas Brewery, the Monroe Arts Frehner Gallery, Historic Green County Cheesemaking Center or one of our many cheese factories.

There are a number of not-to-be-missed events that take place throughout the year in downtown Monroe, including the nationally renowned Green County Cheese Days. which draws more than 150 thousand people. The Monroe Balloon Rally, Farmers Market, Minhas Blues Festival, Green County Fair, and more.

During the holidays, enjoy Chris kindle mark, (Christkindlmarkt,) a German tradition dating back to the 14th century that features unique handcrafted items from area vendors for gift-giving.

It’s all happening in Historic Monroe Square.

 

For more information about our Downtown Monroe and Event Happenings, please visit:
http://www.mainstreetmonroe.org

Where to Stay

AmericInn of Monroe

424 4th Avenue
Monroe, WI 53566
608.328.3444 – Fax: 608.328.3454
http://www.americinn.com/hotels/WI/Monroe

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Hot Tub/Whirlpool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Major Credit Cards
  • Meeting Room

Baymont Inn and Suites

1060 Riverside Drive
Freeport, IL 61032
815.599.8510 – Fax: 815.599.8610
http://www.baymontinns.com

Relaxing, comfortable hotel features indoor heated pool, free continental breakfast, free highspeed internet, great rates & friendly staff. Whirlpool suites available. Easy to find, conveniently located.

  • Hours of Operation:
    Open year round. Our 24 hour front desk staff is helpful, courteous and friendly.
  • Location Information:
    From Monroe, WI, we are 24 miles south on Route 69, which becomes Route 26 at Illinois border. Conveniently located at the intersection of IL Route 26 & IL Route 20, between Rockford, IL & Galena, IL.

Cobblestone Inn and Suites
715 Brown School Road
Evansville, WI 53536
608.882.0936 – Fax: 608. 882.0938
http://www.cobblestoneinns.com


Gasthaus Motel
685 30th Street
Monroe, WI 53566
608.328.8395 – Fax: 608.328.8383
http://www.gasthaus-motel.com/

Gasthaus Motel family owned. Located on the southwest side of Monroe walking distance of restaurants, National Historic Cheese Making Center. Easy access to the Badger State Trail & Cheese Cnty Trail

  • Open Dates:
    24 hours 7 days a week year round
  • Location Information:
    685 30th Street Monroe. Call if help is needed with directions.

Hampton Inn
109 South Galena Ave.
Freeport, IL 61032
815.232.7100 – Fax: 815.232.7144
http://www.hamptoninn.com


Super 8 Motel
500 6th Street
Monroe, WI 53566
608.325.1500 – Fax: 608.325.1500
http://www.super8.com

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Hot Tub/Whirlpool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Major Credit Cards
  • Meeting Room

 

FOR ADDITIONAL LODGING, PLEASE SEE http://www.greencounty.org/lodging.html