Wausau, WI Running Trails and Maps

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Bearskin State Trail

26.5 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Eau Claire River Trail

1.25 mi
State: WI
Gravel

Green Circle Trail

27 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel, Sand, Woodchips

Hiawatha Trail (WI)

14 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Hoover Road Trail

4.5 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Mountain-Bay State Trail

83.4 mi
State: WI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Pine Line Trail

26.2 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

River Bend Trail (WI)

2.3 mi
State: WI
Asphalt

Schrader Connection

1.7 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Tomorrow River State Trail

29.2 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Wiouwash State Trail

41 mi
State: WI
Crushed Stone

Wolf River State Trail

33.4 mi
State: WI
Ballast, Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Bearskin State Trail follows a route blazed into the heart of the great Northwoods, first by pioneers and loggers, and then by passengers and outdoors enthusiasts on trains with such names as the...
WI 26.5 mi Crushed Stone
Residents of Weston don't have to travel far to access beautiful trails. The village is home to the Mountain-Bay State Trail, which offers 83 miles of walking and biking across Wisconsin. For those...
WI 1.25 mi Gravel
The description of the Green Circle Trail on the official site makes a unique boast: “All urban residents are within 10 minutes of the trail system, and yet, more than 80% of the Green Circle travels...
WI 27 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel, Sand, Woodchips
Shimmering lakes and Wisconsin's beautiful North Woods wilderness await you on the Hiawatha Trail. The trail provides a splendid journey along an old Milwaukee Road rail corridor that hauled white...
WI 14 mi Crushed Stone
The Hoover Road Trail is a 4-mile spur connecting the Green Circle Trail in Stevens Point to the Tomorrow River State Trail in the Village of Plover. The asphalt trail parallels Hoover Road passing...
WI 4.5 mi Asphalt
The 83-mile Mountain-Bay State Trail, one of the longest trails in the state, travels a mostly scenic, wooded route through three counties—Marathon, Shawano, and Brown—as it makes its way from Weston...
WI 83.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The 26-mile Pine Line Trail calls to mind a time when trains loaded with timber chugged out of northern Wisconsin’s great white pine forests. The local economy still depends on lumber, as sawmills are...
WI 26.2 mi Crushed Stone
On the banks of the Wisconsin River is Merrill, a city which got its start as a logging settlement called Jenny Bull Fall. The river and the railroad were the economic lifelines of the town whilst its...
WI 2.3 mi Asphalt
Opened in 2019, the Schrader Connection transformed a 1.7-mile stretch of a former Canadian National railroad line into a crushed-stone path that provides a shorter, pleasant route between two...
WI 1.7 mi Crushed Stone
espite its futuristic name, the Tomorrow River State Trail takes users on a tour of a historic rail-trail through beautiful Portage and Waupaca Counties. Trail users will find a good start at the...
WI 29.2 mi Crushed Stone
Wisconsin’s Wiouwash State Trail is named for the four counties it passes through: Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca and Shawano. Currently, 41 miles of the rail-trail are open in two disconnected...
WI 41 mi Crushed Stone
The Wolf River State Trail spans 33 miles along the former Wisconsin Central railroad corridor from Crandon in Forest County to the village of White Lake in Langlade County (not far from the Menominee...
WI 33.4 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone

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Mountain-Bay State Trail

Needs Better Directional Signage

September, 2021 by sharon.kay.baxter

We started walking the trail on the corner of S. Main St and W. Oshkosh St near Shawano's downtown. There's ample parking and a trailhead there. We headed west on a 4 mile loop that was indicated on the outdoor map. The trail was flat and easy to navigate, mostly paved with granite. It wasn't a scenic route and wasn't well marked. There were times when the gravel trail ended and you had to walk on the road. We had to refer to the TrailLink map and Google maps often to stay on course.

Bearskin State Trail

Incredible in every way

September, 2021 by fiddlrs3

This is my wife's new favorite trail EVER, and we've done many of the famous ones. It is crushed stone, so of course it's not as fast as asphalt, but it is in fantastic shape, wide enough to ride and converse, and like all rail trails, flat for a gentle sight-seeing cruise speed. There was the START of a chipmunk hole, only a divot, really, but someone put a warning flag on it. One spot was soft, and one a very slight drainage rut, neither consequential, yet someone had put out a flag. The approach to and the the trestles themselves impeccably maintained, and any shoulder or maintenance work had been replanted in native sedges so invasives were kept at bay. And scenery! Lakes , century old white pines, tamarack/spruce bogs, deer, turkeys...we can't wait to return. I hope those responsible see this review. Thanks!!!!

Green Circle Trail

not a recumbent tryke trail, great for fat bike mountain bikes or hiking maybe, but I had to turn around after half a mile, already walked up two steep loose gravel hills

August, 2021 by casscoggon

not a recumbent tryke trail, great for fat bike mountain bikes or hiking maybe, but I had to turn around after half a mile, already walked up two steep loose gravel hills

Accordion

Mountain-Bay State Trail

Eland - Bowler Segment

August, 2021 by 8xrnngvkvp

Wife and I took a ride on Sunday with our electric bikes from Eland to Bowler and back. Covered approximately 24 miles. It had rained heavily the day before in the area, but the trail had held up pretty nicely. The majority of this segment is crushed rock and well compacted. There were parts of it that have been overgrown with grass and weeds, but not to bad. My wife’s bike is a cruiser style bike with 2” tires, she had no trouble navigating on the trail. Plenty of scenery changes, with parts of the trail passing by farms, dips into some heavy canopy forest and a covered bridge/stream area right outside the Western edge of Bowler. A very relaxing bike ride, there are a number of stops to cross various county roads, So be aware of any traffic that may be in the way.

Bearskin State Trail

Year Round Biking and Hiking

August, 2021 by hablewitz

Great trail for year round biking and hiking.

Green Circle Trail

Variety here

August, 2021 by wicubbieboy

First time on this trail & it was great. Wildlife was plentiful and condition of trail was really good. Lots of twists & turns so meeting others can be a little tricky. A few road miles but sparsely traveled by cars. But the variety - boardwalks, asphalt, crushed rock, tree lined, urban, rivers, lakes - you name it & you probably see I on this trail. Great signage too … highly recommend.

Tomorrow River State Trail

Portage County Segment fantastic!

August, 2021 by mkkuolt

We were enjoying the wonderful trail in Portage County (Plover to past Amherst) Everything was well maintained, and all the trees that had come down in the storms last week were cut, moved, and we had full trail access. We knew the moment we hit Waupaca County. 3 foot tall weeds sprouted in the middle of the trail, and things were not as pristine. After having to dismount bikes several times to navigate around trees, we made the decision to turn around. Very disappointing!

Wiouwash State Trail

Took my first ride on this trail from Birnamwood to Eland where it crosses the Mountain Bay trail. Great ride and despite recent heavy rains it was dry and firm. Will take this trail further as time permits.

July, 2021 by renoron

Took my first ride on this trail from Birnamwood to Eland where it crosses the Mountain Bay trail. Great ride and despite recent heavy rains it was dry and firm. Will take this trail further as time permits.

Mountain-Bay State Trail

Disappointing

July, 2021 by sderoz07

Used just two days ago and found very disappointing. I started at the trailhead on Lakeview Drive in Howard. Great ride on crushed limestone until I was 3.5 miles in. The limestone disappeared and I was biking on a swampy, thick, muddy “trail.” About .5 miles later I was back on crushed limestone, but it wasn’t long before I found myself in mud, again. I recall having this problem last summer, but not nearly as bad. Poorly maintained. Hope they add more limestone soon.

Pine Line Trail

all the reviews are very old:)

June, 2021 by mrflynniv

Give this trail a chance it’s not too bad nice and flat great for kids, awesome park a block into Medford at the beginning of the trail great places to dine in Ogama right off the trail, A few beautiful bridges going over a little nature area with plenty of beavers and wildlife of all sorts(we saw baby beaver it was adorable). I honestly only did the first 10 miles of the trail which only takes me a few miles out of Ogama, But once I complete the whole trail I will gladly review my review¿. Long story short give this simple flat trail a chance chance¿

Bearskin State Trail

Bearskin trail review June 2021

June, 2021 by janeen.bain

We started at the parking lot at highway K and rode north to Blue Lake. This section (roughly 10 miles) was beautiful—a mix of woods opening to many trestles. We saw a deer on the trail and a water snake at the observation point. Bathroom facilities were located at Highway K and Blue Lake. The “steep hill” on the map wasn’t so bad (although we 60 year olds walked our bikes up); the rest of the trail was minimal grade change with a good surface (and paved in the hill).

Mountain-Bay State Trail

Consistency would be nice

June, 2021 by andrewhughes26

The trail is a fun ride from Wausau to Green Bay. There are some scenic views and it is a very easy ride. We did this as a one day pilgrimage to our temple (Lambrusco Field). It is interesting how differently the three counties maintain their sections of the trail. Marathon and Brown do a very nice job, but the stretch through Shawano county is riddled with poor conditions at times. However, even at its worst it is still a fun ride.

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