Levis Mounds, WI: One of the Oldest MTB Trails Still Packs a Punch


While many classic mountain bike trails dating back to the hazy, smoke-filled beginnings of our sport were once hiking trails, horseback riding trails, or moto trails, Levis/Trow Mounds may just be one of the first trail systems ever built by mountain bikers, for mountain bikers. Normally referred to as just “Levis Mounds,” the rocky sandstone mounds abruptly rise 300 feet out of the glacially-flattened Clark County Forest in central Wisconsin. Located 13 miles southwest of the small town of Neillsville, population 2,463, the number of dedicated, local mountain bikers can be counted on one hand. Instead of a locals’ paradise, Levis functions as a Midwestern mountain bike mecca that requires a bit of a pilgrimage to get there.