ORA Trails is seeking to leverage the momentum of the past five years and increase organizational impact and agility through land ownership and management. We have cultivated an opportunity to purchase and protect a large parcel of land just one mile east of La Crosse in the town of Shelby. The 277 acres of forest and farmland provides stunning views, Class A trout stream frontage on Pammel Creek, and 500 feet of elevation. Its close proximity to neighborhoods, businesses, schools, public transit, and other public land provides opportunities to explore the region’s historic and prehistoric cultures.
TRAILS FOR EVERYONE
ORA Trails is dedicated to building happy, healthy, and resilient communities by providing access to equitable and sustainable outdoor recreation experiences.
TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON
The Bluffland Traverse
The Bluffland Traverse is a point-to-point route running from the northern to the southern end of La Crosse County, following the Mississippi River and the bluffs that overlook it. The route utilizes a combination of road, gravel bike path, shared-use trail, and other single-track trails on public property to connect the county and its various communities. This route was identified in the Bluffland Plan as a desired goal and ORA Trails is working with various members of the Bluffland Coalition to accomplish this goal. This trail is in its infancy with many opportunities to continue to improve the connections and experience.
West Salem Bike Playground
West Salem Bike Playground is a concept that utilizes established park spaces to create more community opportunity to engage in a wider variety of outdoor activities. A paved pump track, skills features, and a “stroll and roll” path will provide recreation opportunities for all ages and abilities of users.
Chad Erickson Memorial Park Treehouse
ORA is working with various partners, including Whole Trees, to bring a wheelchair-accessible treehouse project to the Community Forest at Chad Erickson Park in 2023. Neighbors and park users continue to embrace new opportunities and amenities that create equity for residents and enhance the quality of life.
Bud Hendrickson Nature Loop
The Bud Hendrickson Nature Loop compliments the existing wheelchair-accessible paved path that sees a wide variety of users daily. The trail stretches for one mile between Logan High School and the pedestrian connector bridge near the Industrial Park. The Nature Loop will add a trail near the north end of the paved path that will establish a looped half mile of natural surface trail through wooded marshland, giving users an interactive outdoor experience.
From Our Community
Keachen & Jill Abing
“The trails of the La Crosse area are a true blessing for our entire family. The natural beauty of our area serves as an escape whether for trail running, family time at the pump track, or hitting up some dirt on our bikes!”
Gabe & Annie Berendes
“One of the main reasons we chose to live where we do is the fact that we can be on the bike trails within five blocks of our home year round. Our whole family (boys 7 & 9) is able to engage the trails in a way that's unique to each of their levels. This allows us all to love and grow in the sport of mountain biking that is equally challenging and rewarding.”
Dan & Jennie Wateski
“On a nice night, we just head to the trails and use them as family time where we can ride and be together. We love that it's just a short drive from where we live and we can be riding on the trails instead of worrying about traffic on the streets. During the school's mountain biking season, we are on the trails daily, even if using just Vista for a quick ride or workout.”
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