In the early 1800s the pine forests of the Red Cedar Valley brought by the number barons to what would later be Dunn County. By 1888 a railroad line was built along the banks of the Red Cedar River to serve one of the largest white-pine milling companies in the world. Of course, trees are not an unlimited resource; by the early 1900s the forests were depleted, and the logging era came to an end. At present bicyclists can enjoy what's left of that era by riding on the Red Cedar Trail, constructed on the railbed along the banks of the Red Cedar River.
Access the Red Cedar Trail adjacent to Riverside Park. There's a daily fee to ride the trail, or you can purchase an annual pass that is good at all state trails. The trail-with a hard-packed, crushed-limestone surface-follows the banks of the river first through a tunnel of trees. Downsville is a bustling little biker burg that caters to cyclists; you'll find shops, restaurants, inns, and taverns. Things to see: City of Menomonie, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Red Cedar Trail, Riverside Park, Mabel Tainter Memorial Museum, Wilson Place Museum, Dunn County Heritage Center, Lions Club Game Park.
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