Cattail State Trail


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Cattail State Trail Facts

States: Wisconsin
Counties: Barron, Polk
Length: 17.8 miles
Trail end points: Alma St. (Almena) and Keller Ave. S (Amery)
Trail surfaces: Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017413

Cattail State Trail Description

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 forests, farms, wetlands and remnants of prairie. The trailhead at Amery has restrooms and picnic areas, and wildlife is abundant throughout the area. From the end point in Amery, you can continue west on the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail (no motorized vehicles).

The Cattail State Trail is open year-round to motorized uses, including ATVs, snowmobiles and UTVs (restrictions apply to the latter). Off-road motorcycles are allowed in Polk County only. The trail may be too rough and soft in places for both horseback riders and mountain bikes.

Parking and Trail Access

The trail is near US 8 in both Turtle Lake and Almena. In Turtle Lake, park behind the village hall. In Amery the trailhead is at SR 46 (Keller Ave.) near Baker St. W.

Cattail State Trail Reviews

Bad for mountain bikes, good for hiking or ATV

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.

Trail Run

Ran the Cattail Trail Saturday from Almena to Amery. Tough terrain. The scenery was great and it's a spectacular trail... but not for running.

Cattail, 9-29-12

Awesome day with our new Can-Am Commander. Took it easy, break in period. Beautiful day and the color was great.

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