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Appendix D: Trails
There are numerous opportunities to access trails for recreation and transportation within the Parkway. Trails throughout the system are operated, primarily, by state, county, and local agencies. The following provides a sample of the trail opportunities that exist at different locations throughout the Parkway.
The Mountain Bay State Trail, which runs 83 miles from Green Bay to Wausau, and the Fox River State Trail, which runs from Green Bay to Ott Road, begin in Green Bay. They are part of the “Aldo Leopold Legacy Trail System”, the system of state trails in Wisconsin. Additionally, the Duck Creek State Trail which travels through the Oneida Nation and was partially opened in 2008, and will connect Green Bay to the Newton Blackmour State Trail which is currently under construction and will extend 23 miles to New London.
This map link shows the relationship of the above mentioned trails: www.foxrivertrail.com/frt-pics/county_map.gif. Additional maps can be viewed at the website for the Fox River Trail: www.foxrivertrail.com
Friends of the Fox River State Trail and Friends of the Mountain Bay State Trail have been established to support these trails and establishment of Friends of the Newton Blackmour State Trail is in process.
APPLETON AND FOX CITIES AREA
Fox River Valley communities from Kaukauna through Neenah are involved in ongoing efforts to complete the Paper Trail, a 42-mile loop trail around the Fox Cities. This trail intersects with numerous parks and local trails, which include several segments along the Fox River. The Newberry Trail and North Island Trail in Appleton provide access to amenities and recreation along the river and access to the downtown area. Additional trail segments along Appleton’s riverfront and the riverfront area in Little Chute, as well as portage trails in the locks areas, are in planning stages.
The Trestle Trail, a 1,600 foot trail which utilized an abandoned railroad trestle over Little Lake Butte des Morts, is the longest pedestrian trail over water in Wisconsin. It features fishing and observation platforms, and access to amenities in the City of Menasha on the east and Fritse Park and the Friendship Trail through the Town of Menasha on the west.
The Friendship State Trail currently reaches from Oneida Street in Appleton west to the WIOUWASH State Trail. The Friendship Trail is to eventually connect from Manitowoc on the east to Stevens Point on the west. Plans are in place to begin construction in 2009 on a portion of the Friendship Trail between Oneida Street and High Cliff State Park. Extension of the Friendship Trail further east will provide connection to the existing Fox River State Trail.
A committee composed of area citizens and municipal officials, Calumet County Planning, High Cliff State Park, Friends of High Cliff State Park, Fox Cities Greenways, Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust, and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program are promoting a plan for preservation of the Niagara Escarpment between High Cliff State Park and Calumet County Park, which would also allow for recreational trail access.
Maps for Fox Cities Trails can be accessed through the Fox Cities Greenways website: www.foxcitiesgreenways.org
Trails in Winnebago County include the WIOUWASH State Trail, the Mascoutin Valley Trail, and the Wolf Wilderness Recreation Trail.
To the west of the WIOUWASH State Trail, near lakes Butte des Morts and Winneconne, lies the Wolf Wilderness Recreation Trail. This is a scenic pedestrian, bike, and snowmobile trail along the perimeter of a constructed body of water that also allows access by lightly traveled roadways to the community of Butte des Morts, the Village of Winneconne, and the WIOUWASH Trail. The Village of Winneconne includes a system of designated walking routes supported by the Winneconne Walks group.
GREEN LAKE AND FOND DU LAC REGION
The Mascoutin Valley State Park Trail is a 32-mile state park trail, 22 miles of which are located in Fond du Lac County. The trail is surfaced between Berlin and Ripon with limestone screenings and is used for hiking, cycling, running, and snowmobiling. In Berlin there is also a Riverwalk for approximately two blocks along the Fox River consisting of limestone screenings and boardwalk. The Ripon to Rosendale section of the Mascoutin Valley State Trail is in private ownership, making trail improvements uncertain. The Rosendale to Fond du Lac section of the trail passes through the WDNR owned Eldorado Marsh.
The Wild Goose State Trail extends from Fond du Lac to Clyman Junction, 32 miles. It is a multi-use recreation trail, for hiking, biking, and snowmobiling, located on an abandoned Chicago and Northwestern railroad corridor. This trail is operated by the WDNR.
The Peebles Trial is a 5.6-mile segment of abandoned railroad right-of-way and active road right-or-way between Fond du Lac and St. Peter. The Prairie Trail is a 7-mile pedestrian and bicycling path along Highway 151, between Martin Road and Winnebago Drive. It connects with the Wild Goose State Trail, the Peebles trail, and the future Plank Trail, which is anticipated to be built between Fond du Lac and Greenbush. This trail was designed and built in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WDOT).
Maps of Fond du Lac county trails can be accessed at: www.fdlco.wi.gov/Index.aspx?page=394
In Green Lake plans are in progress to develop a trail connection between the Green Lake Conference Center west of the City of Green Lake and Ripon, providing connection to Berlin via the Mascoutin Valley State Trail.
Several segments of the Ice Age Trail National Scenic Trail are located between Baraboo and Lodi area, including Devil’s Lake State Park trails. Spring Creek Water Trail is an approximately 6 to 7-mile canoe trip between the Lodi Valley and the Wisconsin River. The water trail is maintained by the Friends of the Scenic Lodi Valley.
Maps of the Ice Age Trail can be accessed at: www.iceagetrail.org
SAUK CITY/PRAIRIE DU SAC
In Sauk City, a Riverwalk extends from Highway 12 to August Derleth Park, along the Wisconsin River. The riverwalk is available for pedestrian and biking, and features river awareness kiosks, historic signs, and memorial benches. Devils Lake State Park, northeast of the two communities, provides over 29 miles of trails for any skill level. There is a 1-mile interpretive nature trail and 1.5 miles of trail that are accessible for people with disabilities. Park trail information may be obtained by calling 608-356-8301.
VILLAGE OF MAZOMANIE
Trail planning includes Black Earth Creek Regional Recreation Trail along Black Earth Creek which extending southeast from Mazomanie toward Black Earth. Mazomanie is a participant in the Good Neighbor Committee, which is working to establish a loop trail in the Highway 14 corridor area between Middleton and Mazomanie. The long range plan would include extending this trail through the Sauk City area and to Devil’s Lake.
Mazomanie is also the location of the Wolf Run Association, which seeks to establish an environmental corridor and water trail from the dam on Black Earth Creek to the Wisconsin River. Maps of the Mazomanie trail plan can be accessed at: groups.google.com/group/corridor-us-14
LONE ROCK TO RICHLAND CENTER
The Pine River Trail is a 14.3-mile easy-graded trail laid on an abandoned rail bed, and gives hikers and bikers an opportunity to enjoy the 250 foot river bluffs without having to ride over them. Several bluff-top climbing opportunities exist throughout the route.
Tower Hill State Park includes hiking and nature trails. Maps can be accessed at the following website: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/towerhill/pdfs/thparkmap.pdf
Boscobel has a 1.25-mile long, concrete trail along Sanders Creek. The long range plan is to extend this trail another half-mile to the north to connect to the boat landing on the Wisconsin River. The boat landing area contains amenities including archeological and historical information. Boscobel trail information can be obtained by calling 1-888-710-5206 or 608-375-5001.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN
Trails in the Prairie du Chien area are located mainly in Wyalusing State Park, St Feriole Island, and La Riviere Park. Wyalusing State Park contains hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, nature, and disability access trails totaling 40 miles. Contact for Wyalusing State Park: Brian Hefte (608) 996-2261. St. Feriole Island includes biking and hiking trails. La Rivere Park includes 6 miles of hiking Contact person for La Riviere Park is Dennis Kirschbaum (608) 326-2718.
Maps for Wyalusing State Park can be accessed at the following website: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/wyalusing/pdfs/wyalusingmap.pdf
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also maintain the Sturgeon Slough Trail, a .8-mile trail which is part of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.