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Mascoutin Valley State Trail

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  • Trail map - west [PDF]
  • Trail map - east [PDF]Courtesy Fond du Lac County
  • Rail trail: Yes
  • Length: 21 miles total; 11 miles Berlin to Ripon and 10 miles Fond du Lac to Rosendale
  • Surface: crushed limestone
  • Counties: Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Green Lake
  • Communities: Fond du Lac, Rosendale, Ripon, Berlin
Aldo Leopold Legacy Trail System
Contact information
For information, contact:
Fond du Lac County Parks
160 S Macy Street
Fond Du Lac WI 54935

Winnebago County Parks
625 E County Rd Y #500
Oshkosh WI 54901-8131

Wisconsin State Park System Mascoutin Valley State Trail

View of trail surrounded by open field.

DNR Photo

LocationThis county-operated trail goes past farms, prairies and wetlands in scenic Green Lake, Winnebago and Fond du Lac counties. The Mascoutin Valley State Trail, built on a former railroad corridor, is divided into two sections totaling 21 miles. The western section travels between Berlin and Ripon and the eastern section travels between Rosendale and the city of Fond du Lac. The gap in the two sections, between Ripon and Rosendale, is in private ownership.

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 entire trail is open to walking and bicycling. The trail base of limestone, grass and gravel makes the tread more suitable for off-road bikes. Wildlife viewing opportunities are available in the Eldorado Marsh Wildlife Area in Fond du Lac County and the Rush Lake Marsh area in Winnebago County.

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.

Horseback riding Horseback riding

The Mascoutin Valley State Trail is open to horseback riding in Winnebago and Fond du Lac counties from May to October. Riders are encouraged to pick up after their horse when it leaves manure on the trail. Horseback Riding is not allowed on the Green Lake County portion of 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 opening and closing of snowmobile trails is at the discretion of each county. Snowmobile trails which cross DNR lands are opened and closed consistent with the surrounding county (or counties). Whenever possible, the opening and closing of snowmobile trails is done on a county-wide basis, however localized conditions may require localized trail opening and closing. It is the responsibility of the county to provide notification about the status of snowmobile trails. The Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report [exit DNR], and local club and county snowmobile web pages [exit DNR] and telephone hotlines will provide the most current information.

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


Berlin: The trail begins at County Highway F near South Street. Parking is available along city streets. Parking is also available about halfway between Berlin and Ripon on Lake Road, off of County Highway E by Rush Lake.

Oshkosh: From Oshkosh, take State Highway 41 south to Fond du Lac or State Highway 26 to Rosendale to access the eastern section of the Mascoutin Valley State Trail. To access the western section of the trail from Oshkosh, take State Highway 44 into Ripon or State Highway 91 to Berlin.

Ripon: The trail begins along County Highway E. There is a parking lot along the trail at the junction of Locust Road just north of Ripon. Parking is also available along city streets in Ripon.

Rosendale: The trail begins along State Highway 26 and travels east to Fond du Lac. Parking is available along city streets and at Taylor Park in Rosendale.

Fond du Lac: There are parking lots at the eastern trail head at Rolling Meadows Drive (near State Highway 41) and at the trail's junction with County Highway I (north of State Highway 23).


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Last revised: Tuesday December 18 2018