While Chippewa County understands the public's need to enjoy the benefits of nature during the COVID-19 pandemic, we must do all that we can to prevent the spread of the virus.
People wishing to take a break outdoors are advised by public health officials to exercise locally and maintain a social distance of 6 feet or more.
The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors supersedes continuing operations at certain locations. Increased maintenance has been agreed to by the Chippewa Valley ATC Council (CVATVC) and the Friends of Hickory Ridge Trail (FOHRT). These additional resources have allowed the County to open most facilities while maintaining public safety as a priority. Please respect the additional time and effort these groups are volunteering to keep these facilities open.
When you visit, you will need to take your garbage and recyclables home with you. We all play a vital role in taking care of our natural resources. Following the Leave No Trace principles helps protect the land for generations to come.
Please be aware that:
Hay Meadow #2 Parking Area bathrooms are closed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there is insufficient capacity to maintain these restrooms.
- Visitors are reminded to practice proper personal hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet or more between individuals.
- It is recommended to limit groups to under ten people.
- Dispersed camping is allowed in the Chippewa County Forest.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Matt Hansen – Chippewa County Forest Administrator
- Old Abe State Trail
- Hay Meadow Horse Trail
- River Road Cross-Country Ski Trail
- Hickory Ridge Cross-Country Ski Trail
- Deer Fly Trail Area
- Moon Ridge Trail Area
- Ice Age Trail
- Chippewa County ATV Trail
- Secondary access roads within the Chippewa County Forest in the Town of Ruby that may be open for motorized vehicle use under frozen ground conditions.
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.