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As of summer 2015, the Newton Blackmour State Trail is now complete, running 20 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.
On-street parking is available in Black Creek and Seymour.
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
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.
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.
Great weather for the ride today. Trail was in really good condition. seen a few turkeys, along we some deer too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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