Chippewa Falls, WI Birding Trails and Maps

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Chippewa River State Trail

30.4 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Cinder, Concrete, Gravel

Duncan Creek Trail

10.5 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Old Abe State Trail

34.3 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Concrete

Red Cedar State Trail

14.8 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Cattail State Trail

18.2 mi
State: WI
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Tuscobia State Trail

74 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Wild Rivers State Trail

90.5 mi
State: WI
Ballast, Gravel

Wildwood Trail

7.6 mi
State: WI
Gravel

Buffalo River State Trail

36.4 mi
State: WI
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Eau Claire Rail-Trail

1 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Junction Trail

3 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Overview The 30.4-mile Chippewa River State Trail runs between Eau Claire and Durand, Wisconsin.  Snowmobiles are permitted between Porterville Road and Durand. NOTE: A State Trail Pass ($25...
WI 30.4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Cinder, Concrete, Gravel
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
Overview Connecting the cities of Eau Claire and Cornell, the 34-mile Old Abe State Trail meanders through a variety of landscapes and environments including lively cities and communities,...
WI 34.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Overview One of Wisconsin’s earliest rail-trail conversions, the 14.8-mile Red Cedar State Trail is built on the former corridor of the Red Cedar Junction railway, which served Knapp, Stout & Co....
WI 14.8 mi Crushed Stone
Overview The Cattail State Trail runs for 18.2 miles along an old railroad corridor between the communities of Amery and Almena, passing through the village of Turtle Lake in between. The trail...
WI 18.2 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
From Rice Lake to Park Falls, the Tuscobia State Trail travels 74 miles through the Flambeau State Forest and Chequamegon National Forest in northern Wisconsin. Enjoy the rugged wilderness of the Blue...
WI 74 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
Overview Following along an old railroad route in northwest Wisconsin, the Wild Rivers State Trail runs for just over 90 miles through Barron, Washburn, and Douglas counties between the cities of...
WI 90.5 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
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 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 Junction Trail is a paved hike-and-bike path in Menomonie, Wisconsin. The trail sits in a converted Union Pacific railbed and travels through natural, residential and industrial areas as it heads...
WI 3 mi Asphalt, Concrete

Recent Trail Reviews

Old Abe State Trail

Jim Falls to Cornell to Brunet Island State Park and back

June, 2024 by djmmsherman

We listened to previous reviews and picked "the cream of the crop" for our ride -- heading north out of Jim Falls to Cornell. Beautiful ride along the river and plenty of tree canopy. Trail in great shape. At Cornell, we decided to bike into Brunet State Park for a nice ride around the small island. We got back to Jim Falls and kept going, for a daily ride of about 33 miles. Highly recommend a tour of the Leinenkugel Brewery in Chippewa Falls, overnight lodging at the amazing Otter Creek Inn in Altoona, and dinner at Mona Lisa in Eau Claire -- the pizza and pasta were outstanding, and a great dinner after a great ride!

Chippewa River State Trail

Segment from Durand trailhead to Red Cedar Trail

June, 2024 by djmmsherman

We rode this trail in late May 2024 and listened to the reviews, so I can only comment on the western part of this trail, from the Durand trailhead, riding about 6.5 miles to the intersection with the Red Cedar Trail and then we headed north on that trail. Other reviews say past the intersection, the trail needs work, so we followed that advice. The trail out of Durand is great -- paved and beautiful biking with tree canopy and the point where the trail intersects with the Red Cedar is clearly marked. The portion we did was great.

Red Cedar State Trail

Beautiful trail

May, 2024 by bcurley_tl

Perfect for hybrid bikes! Runs along the Red Cedar River for most of the trail and enjoyable to see the kayaks and canoes. Very lightly used.

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Red Cedar State Trail

Beautiful trail

May, 2024 by bcurley_tl

Perfect for hybrid bikes! Runs along the Red Cedar River for most of the trail and enjoyable to see the kayaks and canoes. Very lightly used.

Red Cedar State Trail

Beautiful trail

May, 2024 by bcurley_tl

Perfect for hybrid bikes! Runs along the Red Cedar River for most of the trail and enjoyable to see the kayaks and canoes. Very lightly used.

Old Abe State Trail

Old Abe

August, 2023 by mabelernst

My sister and I loved this trail. All black top. And a very cute town to explore

Buffalo River State Trail

Not for biking

July, 2023 by rbeeley

Glad I didn't go out of my way to check this trail out. Consists of loose dirt, very little gravel. Cannot effectively ride any kind of bike on this trail. Don't waste your time unless you have an ATV.

Cattail State Trail

Bad for mountain bikes, good for hiking or ATV

June, 2023 by bethredeker1

We went on this trail for biking. It was very difficult to maneuver due to the looser gravel. It seems it would be fine for walking or UTV/ATV but other than that, we had a hard time with our bikes. We have hybrid and mountain bikes. We ended up getting off of the path and going onto the roads because it was just too loose of gravel. There was also a point we went through a bridge and it was all water and muck so walking would be difficult in that area. Beautiful scenery on the path, but we couldn’t appreciate it because our eyes had to be glued to the path.

Chippewa River State Trail

Rough!

June, 2023 by the_masseuse

The trail is a scenic one.. Running along the river, mainly canopied with trees. But once you get to Red Cedar the trail is super rough, hence my low rating. For awhile it’s old black top patching even OLDER black top. Then Mother Nature steps in and it’s ok. Getting closer to Eau Claire is a bit better but that’s not saying much.

Red Cedar State Trail

Awesome

June, 2023 by the_masseuse

One of the best trails I been on. Super scenic, runs along the Red Cedar River and is mostly shaded and cool. Can treat yourself to a swim after if you end in Dunnville.

Old Abe State Trail

Nice Trail

June, 2023 by the_masseuse

I’m not sure why it says it has a break in the trail because it doesn’t.. The “break in trail” is quite rough though.. Where the trail starts in Eau Claire is pretty cool. Where the trail ends is cool too, being in the state park. I got on the trail right from my campsite!

Old Abe State Trail

We cycled seven Rails to Trails in five days including the Old Abe State Trail

May, 2023 by newellmk

Wisconsin Bike Trip Report - Cycle Seven Rails to Trails in Five Days: In August 2022, our group of 11 went on a self-guided partially supported bike ride covering seven Rails to Trails in Central Wisconsin near La Crosse, Sparta and Eau Claire. Turned out to be an amazing trip with great weather, except the last day during which it rained. Great variety of environments and trails, including some short bridges and long tunnels, shaded woodlands and bright prairie. Attached is a pdf detailing the logistics and planning we carried out to make the trip happen. TrailLink.com has great description of each individual trail. Over five days of riding we covered:
1. Elroy-Sparta State Trail
2. Great River State Trail
3. La Crosse River State Trail
4. 400 State Trail
5. Red Cedar State Trail
6. Chippewa River State Trail
7. Old Abe State Trail
For a 5 page pdf summary document of our trip with maps and logistics, see: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mk5DYWU-LirXlXT9_B3R6ZbDn4Iautr_/view?usp=sharing

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