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.


County Forest ATV Trail- Trail Map [PDF]

The County Forest ATV/UTV Trail is OPEN as of 8:00am on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.  Please note that the Chippewa Valley ATV Council and the Chippewa Valley ATVer's each maintain Facebook pages that may contain more details.


To report suspicious or illegal activities along the trail, 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]

As of May 2, 2019, the Hay Meadow Horse Trail is OPEN. Please be aware that there are still muddy areas on the trails.  Please be responsible and try not to tear up the the ground by riding in large groups.  Please be aware of your impact. If your tracks are more than an inch or two deep, especially on the north and south loop of the ski trail, ride on dryer trails.  Communicate with other riders to identify areas to avoid.  Thank you for your cooperation.


The Facebook Page for the Chippewa Valley Trail Riders may have additional information relating to this trail closure.


Old Abe Bike Trail - Trail Map [PDF]

The Old Abe Bike Trail is open for use.  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 will close Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 8:00am until further notice in attempt to preserve the trail system during the anticipated above-freezing temperatures and potential rainfall.


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 as of 4/1/2019.  Please click here for more information.


Hickory Ridge Ski Trail (3/27/18)

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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