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.

Reviews

Pulaski Pedal Pushers Bike Club riding the RCT

   September, 2013 by jeandahl

Beautiful, scenic and very pristine. The trail surface was excellent and trail was well maintained. Fifteen of the riders from all club rode the trail and although it was a hot early Sept. day (over 90) the shady trail and river provided a cool, comfortable ...read more

So Serene, So Pristine!

   June, 2010 by TimBee

I rode the Red Cedar during the week (few users) in May in conjunction with the Chippewa River trail. The scenery is lovely and you get a very remote feeling, far away from traffic, noise, congestion. Since the trail is crushed rock (not paved) I recommend ...read more

Red Cedar is a winner

   June, 2010 by swell

2 thumbs up for the Red Cedar trail! Not crowded, well-kept and scenic. read more