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Buffalo River State Trail

Hiking Bicycling ATVs UTVs Horseback Riding Pets Snowmobiling Winter Activities Hunting

  • Trail map [PDF]
  • Current conditions
  • Rail Trail: Yes
  • Length: 36 miles
  • Surface: combination of railroad ballast and limestone screenings
  • Counties: Eau Claire, Jackson, Trempealeau, Buffalo
  • Communities: Mondovi, Eleva, Strum, Osseo, Fairchild
  • State trail pass required for bicycling and horseback riding
  • Master plan
Aldo Leopold Legacy Trail System
Contact information
For information, contact:
Buffalo River State Trail
c/o W26247 Sullivan Road
PO Box 407
Trempealeau WI 54661
608-534-6409

Wisconsin State Park System Buffalo River State Trail

Trail

DNR Photo

LocationThis trail in west-central Wisconsin follows the scenic Buffalo River valley for 36 miles between Mondovi and Fairchild. The river, which lends its name to the trail, was named by early French explorers. They called it Riviere de Beeufs for the many bison that once inhabited the area.

The trail is built on a former railroad corridor and passes by farmlands, woods, hills and wetlands while traveling through the communities of Eleva, Strum and Osseo.

Trail activities

The trail may bring a number of different users to the trail at the same time. It is important to use good trail etiquette to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all trail users.

Hiking Bicycling Pets Walking and bicycling

The trail is open all year to walking. Users enjoy observing wildlife, birding, photography and berry picking. The trail surface may not be suitable for some bicycle types, especially bikes with thinner tires. Mountain bike riders may enjoy the rougher terrain. Each bicyclist age 16 or older needs a Wisconsin state trail pass while using the trail. Trail passes must be purchased before riding on the trail and should be carried with you while using the trail.

Pet owners, please be sure to have your pet on a leash, 8 feet or shorter, at all times. You must pick up after your pet.

ATVs All-terrain vehicles/Utility-terrain vehicles

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and Utility-terrain vehicles (UTVs) are allowed on the trail year-round. ATVs and UTVs must stay on the graded portion of the corridor. Operators must follow all Wisconsin all-terrain vehicle laws.

ATVs, UTVs and snowmobiles are the only motorized vehicles allowed on the trail. dirt bikes, motorcycles and other off-highway vehicles are not allowed on the Buffalo River State Trail.

Horseback riding Horseback riding

The trail is open for horseback riding when there is not enough snow cover for a groomed snowmobile trail. Riders should use caution when meeting ATVs on the trail. Each horseback rider needs a Wisconsin state trail pass while using the trail. Trail passes must be purchased before riding on the trail and should be carried with you while using the trail.

Snowmobiling Winter activities Winter activities

Snowmobiles are permitted on the trail. Operators must follow all Wisconsin snowmobile laws. The trail also connects to numerous miles of county snowmobile trails.

The trail is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, however, the trail is not groomed and skiers and snowshoers must share the trail with snowmobiles. Skiers do not need a trail pass while using the trail.

Hunting Hunting

The Buffalo River State Trail corridor is open to hunting from Mondovi to Fairchild, approximately 36 miles, during the Wisconsin state parks hunting time frame. For more information, please see:

Directions

The trail is easily accessible from all directions. The entire trail, from Fairchild to Mondovi, parallels State Highway 10 from the east and west. From the north and south, Interstate 94 and State Highway 53 intersect the trail near Osseo and State Highway 93 intersects the trail in Eleva.

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Last revised: Wednesday July 02 2014