This trail is considered to be one of the first rails to trails projects in the United States. It includes three, separate quarter-mile long railroad tunnels that were carved out of the bluffs over 140 years ago. It is a very popular route for bicyclists but those on foot are welcome, and many trek this route as a through-hike.
There are two, non-reservable DNR campgrounds, as well as a few private campgrounds along the trail. It connects to the La Crosse River State Trail
on its west and the 400 State Trail on the east.