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.
ATV TRAIL CLOSED
The existing County Forest ATV Trail is not expected to open until May 19, 2018, due to the late spring.
The County Forest ATV Trail Expansion is not expected to open until June 16, 2018, due to the late spring.
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.
County Forest ATV Trail- Trail Map [PDF]
Hay Meadow Horse Trail- Trail Map [PDF]
The Hay Meadow Horse Trails are closed for the season.
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.