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Buffalo River State Trail

36.4 mi
State: WI
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Cattail State Trail

17.8 mi
State: WI
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Chippewa River State Trail

38.5 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Duncan Creek Trail

10.5 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Eau Claire Rail-Trail

1 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Old Abe State Trail

28.1 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Red Cedar State Trail

14.5 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Wild Rivers State Trail

104 mi
State: WI
Ballast, Gravel

Wildwood Trail

7.6 mi
State: WI
Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Buffalo River State Trail connects the towns of Fairchild and Mondovi along US 10 in scenic central Wisconsin. Although the rail-trail closely follows the Buffalo River, the winding waterway is...
WI 36.4 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
The Cattail State Trail runs for nearly 18 miles along an old railroad corridor between the communities of Amery and Almena, passing through the village of Turtle Lake in between. The trail traverses...
WI 17.8 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
The 30.4-mile Chippewa River State Trail kicks off at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers in downtown Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park, where visitors can access a walking labyrinth,...
WI 38.5 mi Asphalt
Chippewa Falls’ Duncan Creek Trail—also known as the Duncan Creek Parkway Trail—is a scenic loop around the city. While the vast majority of the trail is off-road, some portions are actually signed...
WI 10.5 mi Asphalt
The Eau Claire Rail-Trail is a paved, mile-long route from Roosevelt Elementary School to the High Bridge over the Chippewa River in the city’s northwest neighborhoods. The former railroad bridge,...
WI 1 mi Asphalt
The Old Abe State Trail rolls for 28 miles along a paved surface from Eau Claire to Cornell. A 3-mile gap (which will one day be closed) between Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls splits the trail into...
WI 28.1 mi Asphalt
One of Wisconsin’s earliest rail-trail conversions, the 14.5-mile Red Cedar State Trail is built on the former corridor of the Red Cedar Junction railway, which served Knapp, Stout & Co. in the...
WI 14.5 mi Crushed Stone
The Wild Rivers State Trail runs for 104 miles through Douglas, Washburn and Barron counties in northwest Wisconsin along an old railroad route between Superior and Rice Lake. The surface is compacted...
WI 104 mi Ballast, Gravel
The Wildwood Trail follows a former railroad right-of-way once owned by the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway Company. The trail runs between Woodville and Spring Valley and is open to...
WI 7.6 mi Gravel

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Duncan Creek Trail

WI - 10.5 miles

Chippewa Falls’ Duncan Creek Trail—also known as the Duncan Creek Parkway Trail—is a scenic loop around the city. While the vast majority of the trail is off-road, some portions are actually signed...

Red Cedar State Trail

WI - 14.5 miles

One of Wisconsin’s earliest rail-trail conversions, the 14.5-mile Red Cedar State Trail is built on the former corridor of the Red Cedar Junction railway, which served Knapp, Stout & Co. in the...

Chippewa River State Trail

WI - 38.5 miles

The 30.4-mile Chippewa River State Trail kicks off at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers in downtown Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park, where visitors can access a walking labyrinth,...

Eau Claire Rail-Trail

WI - 1 miles

The Eau Claire Rail-Trail is a paved, mile-long route from Roosevelt Elementary School to the High Bridge over the Chippewa River in the city’s northwest neighborhoods. The former railroad bridge,...

Accordion

Old Abe State Trail

WI - 28.1 miles

The Old Abe State Trail rolls for 28 miles along a paved surface from Eau Claire to Cornell. A 3-mile gap (which will one day be closed) between Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls splits the trail into...

Chippewa River State Trail

WI - 38.5 miles

The 30.4-mile Chippewa River State Trail kicks off at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers in downtown Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park, where visitors can access a walking labyrinth,...

Eau Claire Rail-Trail

WI - 1 miles

The Eau Claire Rail-Trail is a paved, mile-long route from Roosevelt Elementary School to the High Bridge over the Chippewa River in the city’s northwest neighborhoods. The former railroad bridge,...

Wildwood Trail

WI - 7.6 miles

The Wildwood Trail follows a former railroad right-of-way once owned by the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway Company. The trail runs between Woodville and Spring Valley and is open to...

Cattail State Trail

WI - 17.8 miles

The Cattail State Trail runs for nearly 18 miles along an old railroad corridor between the communities of Amery and Almena, passing through the village of Turtle Lake in between. The trail traverses...

Accordion

Buffalo River State Trail

WI - 36.4 miles

The Buffalo River State Trail connects the towns of Fairchild and Mondovi along US 10 in scenic central Wisconsin. Although the rail-trail closely follows the Buffalo River, the winding waterway is...

Red Cedar State Trail

WI - 14.5 miles

One of Wisconsin’s earliest rail-trail conversions, the 14.5-mile Red Cedar State Trail is built on the former corridor of the Red Cedar Junction railway, which served Knapp, Stout & Co. in the...

Old Abe State Trail

WI - 28.1 miles

The Old Abe State Trail rolls for 28 miles along a paved surface from Eau Claire to Cornell. A 3-mile gap (which will one day be closed) between Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls splits the trail into...

Duncan Creek Trail

WI - 10.5 miles

Chippewa Falls’ Duncan Creek Trail—also known as the Duncan Creek Parkway Trail—is a scenic loop around the city. While the vast majority of the trail is off-road, some portions are actually signed...

Wild Rivers State Trail

WI - 104 miles

The Wild Rivers State Trail runs for 104 miles through Douglas, Washburn and Barron counties in northwest Wisconsin along an old railroad route between Superior and Rice Lake. The surface is compacted...

Buffalo River State Trail

WI - 36.4 miles

The Buffalo River State Trail connects the towns of Fairchild and Mondovi along US 10 in scenic central Wisconsin. Although the rail-trail closely follows the Buffalo River, the winding waterway is...

Old Abe State Trail

WI - 28.1 miles

The Old Abe State Trail rolls for 28 miles along a paved surface from Eau Claire to Cornell. A 3-mile gap (which will one day be closed) between Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls splits the trail into...

Red Cedar State Trail

WI - 14.5 miles

One of Wisconsin’s earliest rail-trail conversions, the 14.5-mile Red Cedar State Trail is built on the former corridor of the Red Cedar Junction railway, which served Knapp, Stout & Co. in the...

Cattail State Trail

WI - 17.8 miles

The Cattail State Trail runs for nearly 18 miles along an old railroad corridor between the communities of Amery and Almena, passing through the village of Turtle Lake in between. The trail traverses...

Accordion

Chippewa River State Trail

WI - 38.5 miles

The 30.4-mile Chippewa River State Trail kicks off at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers in downtown Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park, where visitors can access a walking labyrinth,...

Wild Rivers State Trail

WI - 104 miles

The Wild Rivers State Trail runs for 104 miles through Douglas, Washburn and Barron counties in northwest Wisconsin along an old railroad route between Superior and Rice Lake. The surface is compacted...

Wildwood Trail

WI - 7.6 miles

The Wildwood Trail follows a former railroad right-of-way once owned by the St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway Company. The trail runs between Woodville and Spring Valley and is open to...

Duncan Creek Trail

WI - 10.5 miles

Chippewa Falls’ Duncan Creek Trail—also known as the Duncan Creek Parkway Trail—is a scenic loop around the city. While the vast majority of the trail is off-road, some portions are actually signed...

Eau Claire Rail-Trail

WI - 1 miles

The Eau Claire Rail-Trail is a paved, mile-long route from Roosevelt Elementary School to the High Bridge over the Chippewa River in the city’s northwest neighborhoods. The former railroad bridge,...

Recent Trail Reviews

Buffalo River State Trail

Buffalo River Trail/Mondovi

May, 2017 by margie_thorp

This trail is NOT for bicycles - it has been used almost exclusively by ATV's and snowmobiles and is not maintained for bicycle use. The dirt or base is deep and heavy - a huge disappointment! There are also dog sled teams training on this trail - so it's full of dog poop. Wouldn't call this a bicycle trail by ANY stretch of the imagination.

Duncan Creek Trail

Nice trail!

October, 2016 by mysecondemailjk

While I was on the vehicle traffic portion of this trail, I was nearly taken out by 2 different people on their cell phones. Same as with people on the trail talking on the phone!
It is a very nice trail to ride after the traffic has died down a bit. A very easy ride.
I like that it connects with Old Abe.
Thanks to everyone for the hard work keeping the trails clean and safe for everyone.

Old Abe State Trail

Well maintained, flat, beautiful

August, 2016 by rdodnd

Road on 8/27/2016. Just beautiful along the river from Jim Falls to Cornell.

Accordion

Wildwood Trail

Peaceful

July, 2016 by dianebakke

This trail is amazing , very peaceful and shaded even on hot days . Wide enough for me to bring the kids !!! One thing I do Wish is that they was parking at the end of the trail , the end is closer to me so I start there !!

Old Abe State Trail

Flat paved trail

July, 2016 by jld003

We started our ride in Cornell. We followed the signs for parking and ended up in a large park. There was plenty of parking, but we couldn't figure out where the trail was located. We finally realized that we had driven under it, and just had to cross the street. A sign would have been helpful. We didn't know which direction was which, so we just went to our left. We ended up riding through the state park. It was a beautiful ride, but I would skip that part if I went back. Cornell also has 2 ice cream places. I highly recommend the "Main Scoop."
The trail is paved and one of the flattest rail-to-trails I've been on. Going out of Cornell, you pass through wooded areas with an occasional glimpse of the river. The Chippewa Falls end is a little more open and goes through some farming communities. The parking lot on the Chippewa Falls end is in the middle of nowhere. If you're planning a lunch trip, I would ride from Chippewa Falls to Cornell and eat lunch in Cornell.

Old Abe State Trail

Lack of signage is rage inducing...

June, 2016 by marjory.sanders

The 10 mile or so portion between where this trail starts near downtown Eau Claire and Lake Hallie/Chippewa Falls is pretty void of scenery. Don’t come here if you want to view nature, only if you want to view industrial parks and traffic. Oh, and if you want a sunburn because you can’t escape the sun the entire trail. There is pretty much zero shade and no trees to block the headwinds. I think the rest of the Old Abe trail is okay from Chippewa Falls on to Cornell but this particular portion is boring, stinky and poorly marked. It just kind of “ended” at a field and there were ZERO signs that the trail cut off in Lake Hallie and picked back up elsewhere. Not everyone knows where the trails are especially people from out of town. I might be a little biased because I really don’t care for urban trails but maybe it shouldn’t feel so much like biking across every Nebraska industrial park strung together in the baking sun. There are far superior trails in Wisconsin such as the Elroy/Sparta, the 400 and the Red Cedar that still manage to give great scenery and still pass through cities.

Old Abe State Trail

Beautiful trail

May, 2016 by mcjewell

Fantastic 30 mile ride from Eau Claire to Cornell and Brunet Island State Park. The trail is paved the entire way and the asphalt is in great shape (May 2016). Several miles are right along the Chippewa River...gorgeous farmland, forest, and river to enjoy. Nice stopping point in Jim Falls.

Brunet Island State Park is also well worth the trip, though it is best explored on foot.

Chippewa River State Trail

nice trail

May, 2016 by carmawillers

We biked this trail for the first time on May 22nd 2015. Leaving from Durand headed towards Eau Claire. It was smooth asphalt for 4miles till the split that heads to Menominee. We went another 8 miles and that section was a bit rough but not unbearable. We also saw and captured a photograph of a bear cub.

Red Cedar State Trail

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 seen bald eagles, blue birds, and dozens of bird species along the trail. The development is minimal, mostly farm land and timber. I've also done canoe trips down the river from Menomonie to Durand, mainly an easy float trip for families. It takes a full two days with Downsville an easy day trip from Menomonie. We've also cross-country skied the trail in the winter, and with fresh snow it is very nice. This is one of Wisconsin's best-kept secrets...an easy 90 minute drive from the Twin Cities and only 3 hours from Madison. And if you're looking for a luxurious place to stay nearby with a hot tub, dairy cows in the pasture, that iconic Wisconsin dairy farm look, check out Kyle's Place. This is a winning combination!

Wild Rivers State Trail

Utv glory

March, 2016 by robertsons54495

This was such a nice peacefull and well maintained trail. Most def. using ofton.

Chippewa River State Trail

Very Nice Trail

October, 2015 by aka_locojoe

Rode this trail in early October of 2015 from Eau Claire to Durand and back for about 64 miles. We parked at a municipal lot in Eau Claire near Phoenix Park which is where we caught the trail. This trail is as flat as a trail can get. A variety of scenery including farmland, forest, hills and the river. The Cell Block in Durand was a nice place for a lunch break before turning back.
Our mileage included a short side trip up the Red Cedar trail just to check out the bridge which I would recommend.

Chippewa River State Trail

Rough ride between Red Cedar intersection and Meridean

September, 2015 by michael shovein

My wife and I biked from the Durand trailhead to the small town of Meridean on Tuesday, September 8. The conditions were good between Durand and the intersection of the Chippewa River trail and the Red Cedar trail. However, the 4 miles between the intersection and Meridean was extremely rough, with moss/grass growing in the middle of the pavement and some pretty rough riding. For that reason, i don't recommend riding with anything other than a hybrid or mountain bike tires.

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