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.
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.
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 ...
2 thumbs up for the Red Cedar trail! Not crowded, well-kept and scenic.
This trail has many memories for me and my family. I have pedaled countless miles with my Dad over the years on this trail. The Red Cedar trail heads south out of Menomonie and it used to end around Dunnville. But, over the past 5 years the trail has ...