Red Cedar State Trail

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The Red Cedar State Trail runs for 14.5 miles between the city of Menomonie and the Dunnville Wildlife Area. From here south of the river it links with the Chippewa River State Trail. Along its route, the Red Cedar trail passes through the communities of Irvington and Downsville and the Dunnville State Wildlife Area. The limestone trail is open to hikers, cyclists, cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

The trail travels among the scenic Red Cedar River valley and among remnants of Midwestern prairie, wetlands, forests and farms. Unique sandstone bluffs are one feature of the trail; wildlife is another, including sandhill cranes, bald eagles, red shouldered hawks, songbirds, wild turkeys, grouse and foxes.

Within the Dunnville Wildlife Area hunting is permitted between the southern end of the trail from County Highway Y to the Chippewa River State Trail.

Bicyclists and cross-country skiers 16 years and older must purchase a state trail pass to use the trail. Passes are available at the Menomonie depot trailhead and in Downsville.

Parking and Trail Access

In Menomonie, parking is available at the end of 2nd Street near the dam. Trail passes and parking are also at the depot/visitor center along State Route 29 on the west side of Menomonie near Riverside Park. In Irvington, park at the intersection of County Highway D and Paradise Valley Road.

In Downsville, park near the intersection of SR 25 and County Highway C. There is some parking in the Dunnville Wildlife Area near County Highway Y.


Red Cedar River Trail

   April, 2016 by westling.mrc

My wife's family owns Kyle's Place, a beautiful high-end vacation home in Weber Valley, about 6 miles from Downsville, so I run on the trail every time we're back in WI to visit. This is truly one of the most pleasant places I've found anywhere. We've more


   September, 2014 by sugarmagnolia

A very nice easy trail, surprisingly not very many people out as the weather was perfect. I did have to stop for directions at the visitor's center downtown to find the trail head. Enter 921 Brickyard Road into your gps and it will take you in sight of more

Top Notch Trail!!

   August, 2014 by larrydabeerman

I have traveled many trails in and around Wisconsin; this by far is the most appealing to me and my wife. The shear beauty of the countryside and how close you travel next to the Red Cedar River is spectacular! I would highly recommend this trail for more