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General Trail Etiquette

  • Treat all trail users with respect and courtesy, regardless of their sport, speed or skill level.
  • Stay to the right and pass on the left. Anticipate other trail users around corners and in blind spots.
  • Stay on the trail. Do not use shortcuts.
  • Learn to use appropriate hand signals.
  • Respect trail closures. Obey posted signs and travel only on open trails.
  • Carry out all litter, including pet waste.
  • Yield to horseback riders. When encountering a horse, speak in a calm, pleasant tone. Turn off your motors. Expect the rider to advise you, as they know the horse best.
  • Dogs must be kept on a eight-foot leash at all times.
  • Do not pick flowers and plants, and do not pull bark off trees.

Experience Oshkosh Trails in 360 Degrees

Wiouwash Trail

Places Along Trail

Description

The Wiouwash State Trail is a high trestle trail named after the four counties it runs through: Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca and Shawano. The flat trail is great for those who enjoy exploring along a former rail corridor with pit stops for river fishing, a brewery and wildlife viewing in praries. It is separated into two sections by about 30 miles. The Winnebago County portion of the trail runs north through Oshkosh and stops in Hortonville.

Length

  • 21.8 miles through Winnebago and Outagamie counties from Oshkosh to Hortonville.
    • 5.9 miles of gravel road connects to the Winnebago County 21.8-mile trestle trail of abandoned railroad corridor.
  • 24 miles through Waupaca and Shawano counties from Split Rock to Birnamwood.

Activities

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback riding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-country skiing

Amenities

  • Motorized vehicles not allowed, except snowmobiles in the winter
  • Dogs allowed with a leash
  • Alcoholic beverages not allowed
  • Open from dawn to dusk - open longer during winter for snowmobiling
  • Parking lots
    • Westwind Road
    • County Highway S/County Road Y
    • County Road GG
    • County Road G
    • Breezewood Lane
    • Behind the Town of Clayton Town Hall building
    • Medina Junction Road

Pit Stops

  • Wisconsin Rat River Wildlife area (10,000 acres)
    • Medina Junction Road
  • Winnebago/Outagamie County Line
  • Wildlife Viewing
    • Fairview Road
    • Brooks Road
    • ⅓ mile north of County GG
    • ⅓ mile north of Allenville
    • ½ mile south of Oakridge Road
    • Rat River Bridge
  • Shoreline Fishing
    • Sunset Bay located between Ryf and West Wind Road in Oshkosh
  • Split Rock to Birnamwood
    • Tiger Creek run along most of the trail
    • Lisa’s Sweet Shoppe Bakery - 410 Howard St., Wittenberg, WI 54499
    • Coffee Cups - 504 S Webb St, Wittenberg, WI 54499
    • Vinal Street Tavern - 207 W. Vinal St., Wittenberg, WI 54499
    • Resch Lanes - 407 Howard St., Wittenberg, WI 54499
  • Oshkosh to Hortonville
    • Lake Butte des Morts
    • Bare Bones Brewery - 4362 County Hwy S, Oshkosh, WI 54904
    • Daggets Creek
    • Woodcrafts - 4482 County Road G, Oshkosh, WI 54904
    • Oshkosh-Larsen Trail Prairies State Natural Area - north of Woodcrafts
    • Crosses Friendship Trail at U.S. 10 in Larsen, Wisconsin
    • Arrowhead River in Larsen, Wisconsin
    • Rat River
    • Black Otter Lake
    • Black Otter Supper Club - 503 S. Nash St., Hortonville, WI 54944

Mascoutin Valley State Trail

Places Along Trail

Description

The Mascoutin Valley State Trail is built on a former railroad corridor of crushed limestone, grass and gravel. Travelers will see farms, prairies and wetlands in Green Lake, Winnebago and Fond du Lac counties. A popular scenic pit stop is the Rush Lake Marsh area in Winnebago County. The trail separates between the western section, which goes from Berlin to Ripon, and the eastern section, which goes between Rosendale and Fond du Lac.

Length

  • 21 miles split into two sections
  • Western section: Berlin to Ripon – 11 miles

Activities

  • Walking
  • Biking
  • Horseback riding
  • Snowmobiles
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Amenities

  • Parking lots in eastern portion
    • Along city streets of Berlin and Ripon
    • Lake Road off County Highway E by Rush Lake
    • Junction of Locust Road and Wiouwash trail, north of Ripon
  • Pets allowed
  • No hunting or trapping allowed

Pit Stops

Terrell's Island Trail

Places Along Trail

Description

Terrell’s Island, a 1,200-acre wetland conservation project west of Oshkosh, is used to preserve and restore Lake Butte des Morts’ wetland and watershed habitat in Winnebago County. The Butte des Morts Conservation Club opened three Terrell’s Island trails for visitors, including the popular breakwall trail that goes through Lake Butte des Morts.

  • Trail 1 is a gravel trail with sitting benches and a view of Lake Butte des morts. It ends near the Butte des Morts Conservation Club clubhouse.
  • Trail 2 is a semi-rustic trail with a wooden bridge. It ends at the wetlands.
  • Trail 3 is a very rustic trail that winds around the wetlands and circles back to the parking lot.

Length

  • 3.71 miles located on Shubert Road in Omro

Activities

  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking - 1 hour 15 minute walk
  • Canoeing and kayaking

Amenities

  • Three hiking trails
  • Pets allowed on leashes
  • No fishing from bridge
  • No motorized vehicles
  • No camping allowed
  • ADA Accessible
  • Parking lot
    • Schubert Road
  • Hours
    • Gate opens at sunrise and locks at sunset in spring, summer and fall

Pit Stops

  • Pelican watching/wildlife viewing
  • Lake Butte des Morts Wildlife Area
  • Terrell’s Island (accessible only by boat)
  • Three-mile breakwall trail at Terrell’s Island

Tribal Heritage Crossing of the WIOUWASH State Recreational Trail

Places Along Trail

Description

The Lake Butte des Morts Causeway along Interstate 41 was designed to provide better safety with improved traffic flow and economic impact by linking the Fox River Valley and southeastern Wisconsin. The Tribal Heritage Crossing Trail runs along the causeway, connecting to the Wiouwash State Trail on the north end of the bridge. The flat, paved trail is used for exercise, travel and fishing. There are also educational stops with interpretive displays of Wisconsin's 11 Native American tribes and a natural history kiosk.

  1. Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  2. Stockbridge – Munsee Band of the Mohicans
  3. Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
  4. Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
  5. Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  6. Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  7. Ho-Chunk Nation
  8. Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  9. Sokaogon Mole Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  10. St. Croix Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  11. Forest County Potawatomi
  12. Lake Butte Des Morts History
  13. Offering Fire

Length

  • 1 mile along Interstate 41

Activities

  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Running
  • In-line skating

Amenities

  • Parking lot
    • Westwind Trail Head lot
    • Marine Drive on the north end
    • Rath Lane and Butte des Morts Drive on the south end
  • Seasonal portable toilet
  • Lighted trail
  • Dogs allowed with an eight-foot leash
  • Horses and motorized (except ADA accessibility) vehicles, including snowmobiles and ATVs, are not allowed

Pit Stops

  • Two Brothers Restaurant
  • La Quinta Inn Oshkosh
  • Lakeshore Municipal Golf Course
  • Lake View Memorial Park
  • Lakeview Cemetery
  • Wiouwash State Trail
  • Lake Butte des Morts Causeway
  • Fishing
  • Interpretive displays representing Wisconsin’s 11 Native American Tribes
  • Natural history kiosk
  • Tribal Heritage Crossing Trail
  • Wiouwash State Trail

Oshkosh Riverwalk

Places Along Trail

Description

The Oshkosh River Walk is a flat, paved trail in downtown Oshkosh and beyond along both sides of the Fox River in Winnebago County. People can walk, run, bike, fish and enjoy an alcoholic beverage or picnic lunch while watching the boats float by. There are also many restaurants, stores and parks to visit on the journey.

The trail on the south side of the river runs from the Jackson Street bridge to a community pier. The trail on the north side of the river, runs from the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center to the Wiouwash Trail. This side of the trail also goes through the UW Oshkosh campus.

Length

  • 3 miles

Activities

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Biking

Amenities

  • Downtown Oshkosh parking
  • Community pier
  • Fishing and bird watching spots
  • Paved, flat trail
  • Sitting benches
  • Bathrooms available in the restaurants

Pit Stops

  • Downtown Oshkosh events, restaurants, stores and attractions
  • Carl E. Steiger Park
  • Shapiro Park
  • Riverside Park
  • Leach Amphitheater
  • UW Oshkosh campus