Buffalo River State Trail

Wisconsin

Buffalo River State Trail Facts

States: Wisconsin
Counties: Buffalo, Eau Claire, Jackson, Trempealeau
Length: 36.4 miles
Trail end points: North St. and Town Line Rd. (Fairchild) and Marten St. south of E. Main St./US 10 (Mondovi)
Trail surfaces: Ballast, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017408
Trail activities: ATV, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Snowmobiling, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Buffalo River State Trail Description

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 mostly obscured by the dense woodlands, hills and wetlands that contribute to the area’s beauty.

The region was once home to a large population of bison—hence the river’s name. Now the communities of Eleva, Strum and Osseo dot the trail’s route, offering small town charm and places to rest.

Trail users should be aware that all horseback riders and cyclists age 16 or older need a Wisconsin state trail pass to use the trail.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Buffalo River State Trail is available at the southern end of Marten Street in Mondovi and off North Street in Fairchild.

Buffalo River State Trail Reviews

August 2016, I attempted to ride my bike between Mondovi and Eleva and the trail was simply too sandy. My hybrid tires sank a few inches on the trail for long streches The Mondovi trailhead portion was extremely rough. I wanted to give the trail another try so I traveled to Eleva. traveling west of the town was impossible on my bike. Traveling east was doable however there were a few soft patches along the way. Between Strum and Osseo, near a bridge, I hit a hole, on the trail, which causes me to wipe out and crack some ribs. Please be careful on this trail as it is also shared with ATVs travelling at much higher speeds.

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.

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