Newton Blackmour State Trail


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Newton Blackmour State Trail Facts

States: Wisconsin
Counties: Outagamie
Length: 21 miles
Trail end points: Vandenheuvel Road (Seymour) and NL Jaycees Dog Park (740 River Rd, New London)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6363573

Newton Blackmour State Trail Description

The Newton Blackmour State Trail runs about 21 miles in eastern Wisconsin from the outskirts of New London to Seymour, roughly paralleling State Highway 54. Along the way, it passes through the communities of Shiocton and Black Creek as well.

From its eastern end at Vandenheuvel Road, trail users can continue their ride another 9 miles on the Duck Creek Trail to the outskirts of Green Bay.

The crushed-stone pathway is open to cyclists, walkers, equestrians, cross-country skiers, snowshoers and snowmobiles and is also wheelchair accessible. Snowmobiles are not allowed on the Duck Creek Trail, however.

A new addition is in the works! Currently, the trail is being extended into New London.

Parking and Trail Access

On-street parking is available in Black Creek and Seymour.

Newton Blackmour State Trail Reviews

Nice Trail

Traveled in July 2023. Very well maintained and no washouts.

It's not listed on the map, but Black Creek has a small pavilion, water fountain with a bottle filler and pet bowl, and a bike repair station. Let the water run for a few seconds to cool off.

Parked on house Rd. Lots of weeds in the middle of the trail. Goes past a rifle range. Also a cool marsh. Cute things to see in Seymour then it connects to the Duck Creek trail

Parked on house Rd. Lots of weeds in the middle of the trail. Goes past a rifle range. Also a cool marsh. Cute things to see in Seymour then it connects to the Duck Creek trail

Underrated Trail

It’s not kept up like other rail trails but it’s still nice. Parking on either end isn’t great, I suggest just parking on House Rd if starting in NL. Good chunks of the trail are full sun. Very peaceful with little people. Can’t wait to come back when the leaves change!

Beautiful Ride

Did this ride on July 26. Trail was in overall good shape but a recent storm caused two trees to come down on the trail near Shioctin. The trail is 21.82 miles long according to my app. Well worth the ride. Would like to do in fall.


Rode trail early July 2022

We completed this trail in two outings. The first included the Duck Creek State Trail, and a portion of the Newton Blackmour. I left a detailed review of our challenges on the Duck Creek trail. It was unrideable in a good portion due to trees down on the trail. On that first outing in addition to a portion of the Duck Creek trail, we rode from the Newton Blackmour trailhead in Seymour to just outside of Black Creek for a total round trip of 22.6 miles. There is no trailhead parking, only on street parking. No facilities on this route. The trail is open and well maintained.

On the second outing we started at the other end, on House Road. Again, no trailhead parking, and on street parking was not an option. We chose to start our ride at the Mosquito Hill Nature Center. It was just shy of 2 miles from the start of the trail. There is an outhouse on the grounds, as well as indoor facilities during open business hours. We completed the other half of this trail, riding to our end point the previous day for a round trip of 29 miles. There are picnic tables at the nature center if you choose to bring lunch along for after your ride, as we usually do. There are no facilities on the trail itself. It is well maintained except for a stretch where weeds were a bit overgrown and would touch your legs at times. Not a big deal at all.

One reviewer mentioned hearing gunshots while on the trail. The reason for this is clearly posted. There is a firing range parallel to the trail. Signs clearly state Caution Rifle Shooting Range.

Great trip!

Our family of 7 completed this trail this summer and had a blast. My wife and I have 5 kids ages 4-13 and it took us a few visits to knock out individual sections. We started on the east side of the trail and moved west and the section going into New London was closed unfortunately so we stopped our trip a little bit short. Great overall experience.

great trail

A group of 5 "Biker Babes" rode the trail on July 30, 2020. The trail, of crushed limestone, was in good condition, dry, and level. A country setting of farms, trees, fields and a mix of sun and shade. We took the trail from N. Maple St. in Black Creek and headed west to Shiocton, about 8.5 miles. We had lunch at the River Rail on their outside deck overlooking the Wolf River. Back in Black Creek, we purchased fresh vegetables at Wagner's--a few blocks from the trailhead. There is a parking lot right on Maple St. and easy access to the trail. I recommend this trail.

Love Newton Blackmour

Rode the trail from Black Creek to New London a week ago with my wife. Did the other section earlier in the year. We both loved it. The wetlands seem to stretch forever. Plenty of wildlife, vegetation and scenery to enjoy and appreciate. The serenade from the frogs was great. Some deer and cranes as well. Also the lumber mill activity in Shiocton was intriguing. Not much shade but just perfect for what we like. Abrupt ending in New London.

a bit Monotonous

I rode house road in New London to Seymour and back. 43 miles total. The crushed gravel is fine but lots of large clumps of weeks. Nothing much was seen (one turkey) but it’s straight and a bit boring. I didn’t hate it but probably won’t do it again. No benches at all to stop and rest (so I didn’t) however rides through quite a bit of swamp so I’m sure the Mosquitoes would be insane.

Newton Blackmour state trail

I ride this trail 4 time a week , I start in Oneida next to the gas station on Hi way 54 and go west past symore and Black Creek, some day's continue all the way to new London and back, The trail is very nice there is plenty of parking in Onida at the gas station, The only problems I encounter is falling trees that sometime blocking the trail and that most of the time in Onida

Wouldn’t recommend New London to Shiocton

I typically ride pebble trails but this trail is a mixture of sand and pebbles, making it a difficult ride. I have a crossover bike and was looking to trying out the trail. I typically ride Wiouwash or the CB trail. Unfortunately, there’s absolutely no scenery during this leg of the trail. I started at House Road as someone else mentioned, none of the cross roads at the west end of the trail have a parking lot or trail head, so I had to park off the road. It looks like Shiocton heading east looks better, but the trail itself makes this a very difficult ride. I plan to try the other leg, I will update when I get there.

Pretty good shape, map is wrong

As another reviewer pointed out, the west end of the trail actually starts at House Rd, a mile and a half outside New London, and not as shown here and in Google Maps.

The trail surface was overall in really good shape (on June 10, 2018). There are some hoof marks and washouts, but the trail is extra wide and they're easy to avoid.

There are no places to take a break and sit down west of Black Creek, and only a couple from Black Creek east, so keep that in mind when planning how long a trip you wanna do on the trail. If it's a mosquito kind of day, you're not gonna wanna stop for long anyway! (There are bars and such in the communities you pass through.)

There was some nearby gunfire. Many hunting shacks dot the private lands along the trail.

Trees are nearby for most of the trail, but not close enough to provide any shade during midday.

New London to Seymour and back!

Great weather for the ride today. Trail was in really good condition. seen a few turkeys, along we some deer too.

A Good Trail for New Riders

On 28 August I rode the Newton-Blackmour trail from its junction with the Duck Creek trail east of Seymour to its termination west of New London. The map associated with this web page is inaccurate. The trail does not go into New London. It terminates abruptly at House Road about a mile east of New London. One can park (carefully) along House Road but there are no facilities. The trail is in good shape along its entire length. I rode the trail on my mountain bike because it had rained the day before but a road bike would not have presented problems. Except for the area between Black Creek and about a mile west of Shiocton the trail closely follows highway 54. While N-B would be a good trail for kids and inexperienced riders, the ride is generally boring unless your idea of fun is to watch corn and cabbages grow. Highway 54 is a major road and has significant high speed traffic. About a mile west of Seymour the trail crosses 54 at grade level which was undoubtedly the most exciting part of the ride. The best part of the ride was returning to Black Creek and having a steak dinner at Brick's Club 47. They clearly are not bicyclist oriented. They seated as far from other patrons as possible but the service was good and the steaks were out-of-this-world great.

It's open to the west of Black Creek

The description of this trail suggests it is only open to the east of Black Creek. We rode that today, a 28 mile round trip when you add the Duck Creek Trail. We also noticed it was open to the west of Black Creek. GOOGLE says it is open for 14 miles to the west. We can confirm 6 miles of that which we also rode today. The trail to the west is 9 feet wide of crushed stone and in excellent shape.

LOVE IT but don't ride alone

I ride the trail between Park Lane (live few blocks away from Park Lane entrance) and Black creek as often as possible. The trail has a variety of incline, decline and turns to make it fun to ride everyday. Great start for the day with wildlife, gorgeous scenery and crisp, clean air. There could be more upkeep regarding weeds and marred gravel but I still love the trail. However, as a female alone and usually winded from riding (which makes me a good target), I worry about my safety in the very secluded areas of the trail. Knowing the area as I do, there is no help to be found in the midst of that trail if something should happen. I used to bring my dog but he is getting too old. I'm going to get pepper spray that mounts onto the center bar of my bike so it's easy to grab. Good news is there SHOULD not be bears or other dangerous wildlife. Otherwise, I still intend to ride the trail daily and try to expand to new areas of the trail. It is SO worth it if you are aware of your safety.

Enjoyable day

We started at Black Creek and continued past Seymour all the way to Oneida where the trail ended at a very nice service station/casino so we could use the restrooms and get some snacks. The trail was in good shape but after Seymour it could use some attention as the weeds are encroaching. We saw deer, tons of song birds, toads, sandhill canes, hawks and a few other critters. I thought the scenery was fine -- some woods, lots of farmland. Overall it was a nice trip, unfortunately the trail is shared with horses, so for our return to Black Creek we had 18 hooves worth of divots we needed to bike over. That made it a tougher, bumpier ride. Other than that, our only complaint was the fact there's no shade at all which wouldn't always be an issue, but we picked a very sunny day, 86 degrees and humid. Could have used a break from the sun now and again, but the pavilion in Seymour gave us a great place to rest in the shade.

Not much to see

OK, there is the world's largest barbecue grill in Seymour, but once you leave town the scenery is just not inspiring. The surface was well-packed and in good shape.

There's parking in Seymour and signs pointing to a supposed restroom, but I couldn't find it. Parking only in Black Creek, and no sign of the long-proposed extension to new London.

2 1/2 miles east of the barbecue grill the trail becomes the Duck Creek trail on the Oneida reservation. There are no signs marking the change, but the scenery improves as you pass through more trees. The Duck Creek trail abruptly ends just outside Oneida (no services or trailside parking), making a 14 mile continuous trail.

Bikeandbears? May 16, 2010

Trail is wide limestone. Travels through farmland. I started in Black Creek. Park on Main Street just after Railroad St. It is 9 miles to Seymour and 9 miles to Oneida despite what the trail signs tell you out of Seymour. Very nice half-mile markers from Black Creek to Seymour. From Seymour the trail travels through Oneida Tribal land. I saw two black large animals walk across the trail in front of me at two separate times. ( My biking group encountered a female black bear and 4 cubs on the Bearskin Trail 2 years ago so I am a little "Bear-Shy.") I biked like crazy past the first site of the animal crossing the trail. Looked to my left and saw a black animal lounging against a tree - and it didn't bark. Biked like crazy past the second sighting. Stopped in Oneida, asked, and found out - Yes, they have bears around there! I asked, and he told me how to get back to Seymour using county roads: just past BP Gas Station take Cty U for 1 mile and turn left on Pearl St. It takes you right into Seymour. Biking on the paved road went faster and less miles - and no scare about what is in the woods. I probably won't do this trail again, but it is nice for those that live in the area and anyone that wants to just meander along.

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