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Red Cedar State Trail

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Red Cedar State Trail
921 Brickyard Road
Menomonie WI 54751

Wisconsin State Park System Red Cedar State Trail

Biking on the Red Cedar State Trail.

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LocationThis 14.5-mile rail trail shadows the steep walls of the Red Cedar Valley from Menomonie to its connection with the Chippewa River State Trail. Along its route, the trail passes through the communities of Irvington and Downsville and the Dunnville State Wildlife Area. The trail passes by prairies, marshland bottoms, forests and farmlands, including sandstone bluffs and other unique rock formations. In the Dunnville Wildlife Area, the Red Cedar trail connects to the Chippewa River State Trail.

The Red Cedar State Trail is part of the Chippewa Valley Trail System. When completed, the trail system will feature an 80-mile network of trail stretching from Cornell, through Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire to Durand and Menomonie. Other trails in the system include the Chippewa River and Old Abe state trails.

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 level grade and limestone surface make this trail suitable for bicyclists, walkers and joggers. Each bicyclist age 16 or older needs a Wisconsin state trail pass while using the trail. Passes are available at the Menomonie depot trailhead and in Downsville.

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.

Canoeing and kayaking Canoeing and kayaking

The trail is ideal for a bike and paddle trip. Sections of this former rail corridor parallel the Red Cedar River. You can paddle downstream and then bike back to your starting point or vice versa.

Cross-country skiing Snowshoeing Winter activities

In winter, seven miles of the Red Cedar State Trail are groomed for skiing from Menomonie to Downsville. Snowshoeing is permitted on the ungroomed section from Downsville to the intersection of the Chippewa River State Trail. Two miles of the Red Cedar State Trail are open for snowmobiling from the junction of the Chippewa River State Trail north to County Road Y. Each person age 16 or older needs a state trail pass before using the trail. Passes are available at the Menomonie depot trailhead and in Downsville.

Hunting Hunting

The Red Cedar State Trail corridor is open to hunting from the intersection with the Chippewa River State Trail north, approximately four miles, to the north boundary of the southeast quarter of section 11 in T26, R13W, as posted (the area where the trail goes through the Dunnville Wildlife Area). A portions of the trail property in the town of Dunn is more than 100 yards from the trail corridor. This portion is open to hunting and trapping during the Wisconsin state parks hunting time frame. For more information, please see:


Menomonie: The depot building/visitor center along Highway 29 on the west side of Menomonie serves as the northern trailhead for the Red Cedar State Trail. Parking and trail passes are available.

Irvington: Parking is available at the intersection of County Highway D and Paradise Valley Road.

Downsville: Parking is near the intersection of Highway 25 and County Highway C. The Empire in Pine Lumber Museum in Downsville traces the colorful Lumber Era of Dunn County and gives trail users a look into the history of the area.

The Chippewa River State Trail connects to the Red Cedar State Trail in the Dunnville Wildlife Area near the confluence of the Red Cedar and Chippewa rivers. Sandbars in this area offer access to swimming, fishing and picnicking. There is some parking in the Dunnville Wildlife Area near County Highway Y.

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Last revised: Thursday September 03 2015