Fox River State Trail

Wisconsin

Fox River State Trail Facts

States: Wisconsin
Counties: Brown, Calumet
Length: 25.8 miles
Trail end points: Main St./Dousman St. bridge (Green Bay) and Ott Road (north of Hilbert)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017556
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Snowmobiling, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Fox River State Trail Description

The Fox River looms large in the life and landscape of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Along its east side the Riverwalk follows the contours of the downtown shoreline like two friends on an evening stroll. Then, just south of the Mason Street Bridge—officially—it merges seamlessly into the 25-mile Fox River State Recreational Trail. In the past this has been a well-traveled route: first by Native Americans, then French explorers and traders, and later the Milwaukee and Northern Railway.

For the initial 5 miles the wide and forceful river flows beside the trail. You might notice some industry and maybe a large ship unloading on the far side. In this urban segment (Green Bay) the trail is just out the back door of riverfront homes, restaurants and even a bike shop. Near the start in Green Bay is the Hazelwood Historic House Museum and the Brown County Historical Society. Take some time to enjoy this mighty river—there are benches, an overlook and a dock to choose from.

Weekend trail traffic is a lively blend of ages and transportation modes. If you are looking for more of a workout, hit the fitness challenge course in the Allouez section at 1.25 miles. Also here is St. Francis Park, where a charming gazebo, river views and picnic tables invite you to take a break.

In the town of De Pere, at 4.2 miles, the trail passes a popular fishing spot at Voyager Park before it bends away from the river. By Rockland Road (about 6.5 miles), the numbers of people diminish, the surface changes from asphalt to crushed stone and the route remains rural. Equestrians use accompanying bridle paths from Heritage Road in De Pere south to the trail's end.

The trail passes through several small communities before reaching Greenleaf, where the southern trailhead is located. The Fox River Trail itself, however, continues about 6 more miles to Ott Road. In this section, you can connect to the Friendship State Trail in Forest Junction to reach Brillion 4 miles away. The trail's popularity has led to additional paving, and there are plans to extend the trail two miles south to Hilbert in Calumet County.

A State Trail Pass or a Daily Pass is required for bicyclists, in-line skaters and horseback riders over 16 years old. Passes are available at self-registration stations and other locations along the trail. Visit the Wisconsin State Parks website for details.

Parking and Trail Access

From Milwaukee, take I-43 north to Green Bay (about 120 miles). Take Exit 180 then immediately take the State Route 172 W ramp. Go for 3.7 miles and take the County Road X Exit. Turn right onto SR 57 N (Riverside Dr.). Go 2.3 miles and turn left onto Cass Street. Turn right onto S. Adams Street. The Fox River Trail begins at the junction of Porlier Street and S. Adams Street in Green Bay. Parking is available on S. Adams Street and on weekends in the lot under the Mason Street Bridge.

To reach the southern trailhead in Greenleaf, take State Route 32/57 south from Green Bay to SR 96 (Day Street), turn left and go 1 block to Follett Street. Turn left and go 1 more block. The trailhead is on the right.

Trail access and parking are also available at the Fox Point Boat Launch facility, Voyager Park, Bomier Boat Launch and the corner of Klaus and Follett Streets in Greenleaf.

Fox River State Trail Reviews

On 22 August I rode the entire trail from Ott Road to the Dousman Street/Hwy 141 bridge in Green Bay. The trail was in excellent shape its entire length. On the unpaved portion of the trail I met two walkers and two horseback riders. After the pavement began the number of trail users increase dramatically (it was a Saturday) and care is required. A number of bikers I talked to indicated they did not want to take road bikes on the unpaved portion. Although it had rained two days before, the day I rode the trail was solid and road bikes would not have had a problem. If I have to find something to complain about it is that at the Ott Road end of the trail parking is limited to one or two vehicles. The Ott Road trail head is easy to find. Ott Road intersects Highways 32/57 about three miles south of Forest Junction or about two miles North of Hilbert. The trail head is about a quarter mile East of the junction on the North side of Ott Road.

Made a right onto this trail from Friendship trail in Forest Junction. Rode all the way to Green Bay. Most of it packed limestone chips. Saw many animals close up. Squirrel, deer, chipmunks some of who's homes were right in the trail, and the occasional woodchuck. Trees arched over shading the trail. Trail was entirely level right into Green Bay. Pavement starts at De Pere and continues into Green Bay's beautiful riverfront parks.

Like the trail but once you head out of DePere south there doesn't seem to be any restrooms. Has anyone found anywhere?

Accordion

We love to walk our 2 year old Goldendoodle on trails. This trail is wonderful! Paved, with a painted center line, it is wide enough to allow passing by without moving off to the side. Great for walking, running, biking, rollerblading, it is smooth and well-maintained. You have a nice view of the Fox River, too. There are trees along the trail, benches in spots if you feel like taking a break and enjoying the view, and a deck for viewing the river. There are also a few businesses and some lovely homes in some spots, but for the most part it is woodsy. There is a second trail alongside this one that has fitness stations for you to try. There is also a restroom stop. Try it, you'll love it! Ample parking in spots make it easy to park and enjoy the trail.

I live in Appleton so I have taken this trail a couple of times. Join/exit the trail at School Rd near Wrightstown. De Pere to Green Bay is very scenic. South of De Pere the trail goes through woods/farm lands. Great, enjoyable trail for the whole family!

The Fox River trail is now continuous from the Green Bay City Trail all the way to Forest Junction Wisconsin. Between Green Bay Downtown and the City of De Pere home owners have embraced the trail and have created some beautiful garden landscapes. All the way along the trail the Brown County staff has been maintaining the trail with a quality that reflects the pride we all feel about this wonderful trail. Anyone that needs to find out how to maintain a trail in a cost effective and proud manner could consider contacting the folks of Brown County Wisconsin

The fox river trail was extended south by about 6 miles in 2006 for a total length of 20 miles. Further southern extensions are underway.

"Watch for heavy traffic on this trail. A lot of cyclists, walkers and inline skaters means you have to concentrate on the traffic around you when using this trail. Otherwise, this is a excellent way to exit the Green Bay metro area going south. "

This trail has now been extended 6 miles south to the Calumet-Brown County line.

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