Abe State Trail
The Old Abe State Trail is a paved 19.5-mile abandoned railroad grade connecting two State Parks, from Chippewa Falls to Cornell. This old railroad grade has been developed into a multi-use trail for bicyclists, snowmobilers, hikers, horseback riders and in-line skaters.
Starting at the parking lot, located at the junction of Hwy S and Hwy O, the trail is flat and easygoing. It winds through agricultural land into the community of Jim Falls where the horseback riding portion of the trail ends. Continuing north from Jim Falls, the trail follows the undeveloped shoreline of the Chippewa River (The Old Abe Flowage). Solitude and wildlife are abundant. Five miles north of Jim Falls, you will arrive in historic "Cobban", site of the Cobban Bridge. North of Cobban the trail leaves the Chippewa River for several miles before rejoining the river just south of Cornell.
Begin your trail experience at either the trail head on 97th Avenue (junction of Hwy S & Hwy O), or in Cornell at the Mill Yard Park, or at the Town Hall parking lot in Jim Falls. The Old Abe State Trail connects with the Duncan Creek Trail northeast of County Highway I. The Duncan Creek Trail is a five-mile loop through downtown Chippewa Falls and can be accessed from multiple locations
A trail pass is required for all individuals, age 16 or older, who are biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing or in-line skating on certain, designated trails (trail passes are not required for hiking). 2012 pricing: $20 for annual passes and $4 for daily passes and are valid on all Wisconsin State Trails (prices are subject to change).Passes are available as self-registration on the trail, at the Chippewa Area Visitors Center, the Cornell Visitor Center, Cenex in Jim Falls, and Spring Street Sports in Chippewa Falls.
Duncan Creek Parkway Trail
mile loop through Chippewa Falls city limits ideal for biking,
hiking, and in-line skating. Connects to the Old Abe State Trail northeast of County Highway I.
Brunet Island State Park
The Jean Brunet Nature Trail is a self-guided walking trail with signs along the trail describing the history and nature of the area. This .8-mile trail dramatically demonstrates the incredible variety in nature that we sometimes take for granted. This trail starts near the main bridge to the island.
The Pine and Timber trails are in an area enclosed by the loop of the park road. The Pine trail meanders through a Red (Norway) Pine plantation. The Timber trail links the north campground to the beach and picnic areas.This trail leads the hiker through majestic strands of mature Hemlock and young strands of Aspen.
The Spruce Trail follows along the Fisher River from the Pine Trail to the picnic area.
On the mainland, hikers all year around and cross-country skiers in the winter, use the Nordic Trail. The trail starts at the park office and leads along a scenic tour of the Fisher River and over a variety of glacial terrain. The trail is divided into a short loop and a long loop. It is groomed for classical skiing during the winter. The trail includes orientation signs to serve as guides, and there are benches along the way to rest on and enjoy the quiet.
Age National Scenic Trail
13394 Co Highway M, New Auburn, WI 54757
The Chippewa Moraine and Firth Lake segments of the Ice
Age National Scenic Trail include 23 miles of well-marked trails
crossing Chippewa County. Begin your visit at the Chippewa Moraine Interpretive
Center and experience hands-on activities.
No motorized vehicles,horses or mountain bikes are allowed
off public roads in the Reserve or on the Ice Age Trail.
Primitive camping is available at designated areas. Ice
Age trailhead parking can also be found in several other
spots in Chippewa County; on County Hwy CC about 2 miles
north of Cornell, on Cty. E about 2 miles south of Cty. M, and on Cty. M about 1 mile east of State Hwy.40
Hikers - be aware that trails may vary in difficulty
and are not surfaced.
Moderate climbs or descents may be encountered. Trail surfaces
can become slippery when wet, leaf covered, and loose gravel
can be encountered. Roots and small stumpage may also be
present in some areas.
Bridge Street, Cornell
Mill Yard Park, located on the banks of the Chippewa River
on Bridge Street in Cornell is a picturesque 10-acre park
that features 2 ball fields, the Visitor's Center, pavilion,
playground, drinking water, toilet facilities & parking
for the near by Old Abe State Trail.
Bridgewater Ave & Highway 124 Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
trail in Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls is approximately
2 miles of gently rolling terrain through a mature mixed
hardwood forest. The trail is routinely groomed for skiing
during the winter months. Parallel to the trail is a snowshoe
trail. When the trail is not covered with snow, it can be
used as one of many hiking trails throughout the park. This
particular trail base is wood chips. The paved roads through
Irvine Park are also used for hiking through all seasons.
will find over 300 acres of natural and scenic beauty throughout
the park. The park offers a zoo, petting zoo, scenic dam,
museum and other historical displays. Picnic shelters and
restrooms are also available.
The trail begins at the parking lot off 225th Avenue in Chippewa Falls.
trail winds through quiet and scenic oak and aspen forests.
The trail length is 14.2 km. It consists of 3 loops. All
loops are signed with either a snowflake blazer or a blazer
depicting a skier, complete with kilometer markings. Rest
shelters are located at the North and South loops. No dogs are
South Loop: The trail begins at the parking lot off
225th Avenue. The first kilometer is two ways. Use caution
and watch for other skiers.
North Loop: The terrain becomes more challenging
with longer downhill and uphill grades.
Tram Lake Loop: This trail exits the North Loop just
beyond Kilometer 3 and is the most challenging section of
the entire system. The Tram Lake Loop is 3.5 kilometers.
Wissota State Park Trail
18127 County Hwy O
Chippewa Falls WI
There are over 11 miles of scenic trails that pass along
Lake Wissota's north shores and wind through woodland, prairie,
lowland forest and marsh. Although the trails are not developed
for biking, bikes are permitted on all but three of the
trails. For area horse owners, there is also an 11-mile
horse trail maintained within the park. For winter enthusiasts,
there are plenty of trails. The park offers 7.5 miles of
groomed and tracked cross-country ski trails. Snowshoeing
is permitted in all areas of the park except on groomed
trails. In addition, nearly 4.75 miles of snowmobile trails
connect with the County's trail system of more that 150
Directions: From Highway 29, exit on County Highway
X. Follow County Highway X north and west. Drive north on
County Highway K, then west on County Highway O to the park
Each vehicle entering the park must have an admission sticker.
Single day passes may be purchased as well as annual stickers
which are honored in all Wisconsin State Parks and Forests for
the calendar year.
Travel north on County Road CC from Cornell for about 2.2
miles to 239th Avenue. Turn east and travel about 0.4 miles
to the trailhead.
The River Road Tail is located along the Chippewa River.
Two separate trails challenge intermediate and advanced
skiers through rolling terrain and along the more-gentle
grade of the River Road to the parking area. Beginning skiers
will find the River Road itself to be a good place to practice
The Blue Trail is the longer of the two trails. It winds
through some of the more challenging terrain with steeper
downhill and uphill grades. This trail is most appropriate
for advanced skiers. The trail is 4 km from the parking
area to the return and the parking area.
The Yellow Trail is 2.4 km. The skier will encounter more
gentle slopes. The trail is still difficult enough to be classed
as an intermediate trail as there are some steeper grades.
Trail: The bike trail is a 1 mile, paved bike trail. It
takes you from the the park entrance to the Old Abe State
Fly Trail Area
The Deer Fly Trail is located in the Chippewa Forest in
Northern Chippewa County. From the north the trail entrance
is located 2 miles west of the junction of County Roads
M and E
The Deer Fly Trail area is in the Chippewa County Forest.
Numerous trails allow access into the area.
The trail is blocked with an orange gate signifying limited
use access. Regular motorized traffic is prohibited on these
trails to preserve the trail surface.
Co Hwy I east of Seymour Cray Sr. Blvd, Chippewa Falls.
Nature study, biking and hiking. Connects to the Chippewa Falls
City Bike Trail and the Old Abe State Trail.
Located primarily in the north central area of the county,
the Chippewa County Forest offers opportunites for hiking, fishing, canoeing,
hunting, nature study, cross-country skiing and camping. Back country
camping is allowed, no fee, 2 week limit. Fires permitted
based on fire danger level. No camping allowed on trails.