Trail Conditions

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The Chippewa County Forest hosts numerous recreational trails that are well-used.  Mutual respect between all trail users is essential for maintaining the quality of the recreational experiences available within the forest.  The following link is for a YouTube video that demonstrates good trail etiquette when trail users meet each other - with an emphasis on Horses.  Mountain bikes and hiking boots don't spook as easily as a horse!  Please take a few minutes to review the video by clicking here


Please note:  The trails within the Chippewa County Forest are not subject to routine safety inspection.  Excessive wetness can lead to potentially hazardous trail conditions.  Use of any trail within the Chippewa County Forest is at your own risk. Wisconsin Statutes 895.62 is applicable as to liability.

Please note that the much anticipated ATV trail expansion will open Saturday, June 23, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. 

County Forest ATV Trail- Trail Map [PDF]

The previous and new County Forest ATV/UTV Trail is OPEN. 


Please note that a timber harvest along the trail, east of County Hwy E is in the final stages.  Orange ribbons have been placed to temporarily identify the trail for riders.

To report a violation of the rules described above, please call the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Dispatch at (715) 726-7701.  If possible, please record the license plate number of the suspect ATV.

Hay Meadow Horse Trail- Trail Map [PDF]

The Hay Meadow Horse Trails are OPEN for the season. Please note:  there are maps of the Hay Meadow Horse Trails which show a trail named "Nawakwa Trail".  The "Nawakwa Trail" is NOT OPEN for use at this time. There is an active timber sale affecting the Joli Trail.  The Joli Trail remains open during the timber harvest operation riders should use caution and assume that loggers do not see you!


Old Abe Bike Trail - Trail Map [PDF]

The Old Abe Bike Trail is open.  Self-registration is available at: the Riverview Conservancy near the intersection of County Hwy I and State Hwy 178, the Lake Wissota Trailhead near the intersection of County Hwy S and O, and in the City of Cornell across from Mill Yard Park.  Daily and annual State trail passes are also available at:  Spring Street Sports, Jim Falls Cenex, Cornell City Office, and Lake Wissota and Brunet Island State Parks.


County Forest Snowmobile Trails Trail Map [PDF]

All snowmobile trails in Chippewa County are closed as of 8:00am on Friday, March 2, 2018.


Please click here  to link to the Chippewa Valley Snowmobile Organization Website where the most current trail conditions and other information is listed.



Town of Ruby Frozen Ground Road Access

These secondary forest access roads are CLOSED.  Please click here for more information.


Hickory Ridge Ski Trail (3/27/18)


Conditions at the Hickory Ridge Trail System become wet on a daily basis through Spring and extreme rider caution and discipline is required.  Riders should expect days when the trail will be closed.  Please refer to the Friends of the Hickory Ridge Trail Facebook Page for the most current information on the condition of the mountain bike trail.

Please click here to link to the Hickory Ridge Trail Conditions Report on the Skinny Ski website.  This site contains the most current information posted by skiers and trail maintenance staff.


River Road Ski Trail (3/27/2018)

The ski trail is closed but the trails offer great hiking at any time!


Please click here to link to the River Road Ski Trail Map and Conditions Report on the Skinny Ski website.  This site contains the most current information posted by skiers and trail maintenance staff.












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