Green Circle Trail

Wisconsin

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Green Circle Trail Facts

States: Wisconsin
Counties: Portage
Length: 27 miles
Trail end points: Green Circle Trailhead off of Business 51 (Schmeekle Reserve) and Schmeekle Reserve
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel, Sand, Woodchips
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9378161
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Green Circle Trail Description

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 through secluded parks and natural areas.” This is the great appeal of this trail system: the fact that it offers trail users an escape from the hectic everyday urban experience while staying close to the city. The various trail segments are popular for biking and hiking among locals and visitors alike.  

The Green Circle is the culmination of nearly three decades of mainly community-led efforts to create a comprehensive greenway system to crown Stevens Point. It’s the ideal medium to explore the history, culture and nature of the area. The 27-mile loop is made up of a dozen segments that weave through varied settings, from urban neighborhoods, to out-of-the-way natural areas. On top of the primary loop, the Circle also provides access to a further 45 miles of regional trails, including the Tomorrow River State Trail.

Winding along the Wisconsin and Plover rivers, the Circle is the best way to get out and get in touch with nature.  While on the trail, travelers will pass through forests, wetlands with boardwalks, prairie and experience stunning river views and postcard-perfect sunsets. Wildlife is plentiful, and there are good spots for birdwatching and nature photography. 

The trail is about more than just transportation and recreation however. It is also cultural asset, recalling the history of the pioneer settlements and lumber-making that so long defined this area. Historic homes, old mills and rustic ruins harken to the town’s storied past along the greenway.

Whatever your reason for going outside, the Green Circle has it all.

Parking and Trail Access

Free parking, restrooms and other amenities are available at the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center, the headquarters of the Green Circle. It is located at 2419 North Point Dr, Stevens Point (the entrance is on North Point near I-39). The trail begins here, stretching just under a mile and a half through the reserve.

Parking is also available at the many parks and green spaces connected by the trail.

Green Circle Trail Reviews

We started at Schmeeckie visitor center which has plenty of parking, clean restrooms, a information center where you can pick up a free map. They also sell trail related items. We headed west through a sculpture park, on less traveled roads, in the woods and open areas. You pass quite a few nice lakes, rivers, creeks, stands of trees. The trail is well maintained. We biked all 27 miles and loved it. We would highly recommend this trail

I am a hiker and decided to do the circle trail within the larger loop. Took about 1 1/2 hours. While some parts of the trail were very picturesque too many parts were not especially on the east side of the river by the factories and houses. There are so many better trails in Wisconsin I will not waste my time again

We live an hour away from this trail and have driven past it many times, but never tried it. Finally decided to ride it two weeks ago. It is a great trail. Up and down hills, in the woods and wetlands, and through quiet neighborhoods, this trail has it all. It is about 30 miles around the whole trail. We added two extra trails that branch off of it (Hoover Road Trail and Heartland Trail) to make it around 44 miles. The trail is well marked and you won't have problems figuring out where to go. We ate downtown at The Wooden Chair and had an excellent lunch. They are only open from 7 to 2 so plan your ride accordingly. We plan on making this trail one of our yearly excursions because we enjoyed it so much.

Accordion

We parked at the Schmeeckle Reserve off of Northpoint Dr. Nice parking, restrooms, filtered water and gift shop. We went west on the Green Circle from the reserve. Trail was well marked, beautiful, interesting and kept up. I am not a fan of riding in the street or crossing roads and this trail has both. However, I really enjoyed this trail and I am looking forward to riding it again. It took us around 2 1/2 hours (24 miles) and we did not do any of the spurs. We rode during the weekday. Really impressed with this reserve!

This is an amazing Trail that winds through Stevens Point. We use it multiple times weekly. If you are looking for biking walking running. You can do it all on this trail!

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