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Green Circle State Trail

Hiking Bicycling In-line skating Pets Cross-country skiing Snowshoeing

  • Trail map [exit DNR]
  • Rail trail: No
  • Length: 31 miles
  • Surface: varies - crushed stone, asphalt, wood chips, boardwalks, roadways
  • Counties: Portage
  • Communities: Stevens Point, Plover, Whiting
Aldo Leopold Legacy Trail System
Contact information
For information, contact:
Schmeeckle Reserve
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
2419 North Point Drive
Stevens Point WI 54481
715-346-4992

Wisconsin State Park System Green Circle State Trail

A boardwalk section of the Green Circle State Trail.

DNR Photo

LocationEncircling the city of Stevens Point, this trail meanders along the scenic Wisconsin and Plover rivers, recalling the history of the lumber-making and pioneer settlements of the area, while connecting secluded natural and wildlife areas, the Schmeeckle Reserve and many city parks. The trail, including all spurs, is 31 miles long and features river scenery, forests, wetlands, prairies, boardwalks and quiet neighborhoods. A one-way spur on Hoover Road south in Plover is four miles and connects to the Tomorrow River State Trail.

The Green Circle is managed locally by the Green Circle Board of the Community Foundation of Portage County and is a cooperative effort among communities, private land owners, individuals and local governments. It is thought to be the only trail system in the country to circle an entire community.

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 In-line skating Pets Walking, bicycling and in-line skating

Walking, running and jogging are allowed on all sections of the Green Circle State Trail. The surface of the trail varies by section and can be crushed stone, asphalt, wood chips, boardwalks, sidewalks or roadways.

Bicycling is allowed on most sections of the trail, however there are some sections and spurs of the main loop posted as closed to bicycles. There are two walking trail segments (Whiting Park and Paper Mill trails) that are closed to bicycles. The main trail bypasses these segments making a complete circle. The section of trail in the Schmeeckle Reserve is surfaced with wood chips and can be difficult for riding. An alternative route around the reserve is available along North Point Drive. The roadways and some other sections of the trail are paved with asphalt suitable for in-line skating.

Pets are allowed on most segments of the trail, but are not allowed in the Schmeeckle Reserve. An alternative route around the reserve is available along North Point Drive. 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.

Cross-country skiing Snowshoeing Winter activities

Some sections of the trail are open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The Plover River segment is groomed for classical (stride) skiing. Five loops totaling 6.2 miles are groomed. No racing or ski-skating are allowed. Other parts of the Green Circle can be used for snowshoeing. Hiking, pets and snowshoeing are not allowed on the groomed portions of the trail.

No Hunting No Hunting No Hunting and trapping allowed on trail

Hunting and trapping are not allowed on the trail corridor. For more information, please see:

Directions

Schmeeckle Reserve is the trail headquarters and parking and rest rooms are available. The entrance is on North Point Drive near Interstate 39. About 1.4 miles of the Green Circle Trail runs through the northern part of the reserve. Remember that pets are not allowed in the Schmeeckle Reserve. Directions to the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center [exit DNR].

The Green Circle State Trail connects many city parks and green spaces in Stevens Point which provide parking for the trail. The Green Circle Trail also connects to the Tomorrow River State Trail at Hoover Road, just north of County Highway B in Plover.

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Last revised: Friday July 05 2013