Red Cedar State Trail South

Downsville, Wisconsin

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Sleepy little Downsville seems little changed since the days when it thrived as a way point for rafters floating great quantities of rough sawn timber down to the Chippewa River. You have to wonder if the town could have held on today without the business brought in by the trail. On the trail south of town, skis or snowshoes are your ticket to beautiful, tranquil rambling along the meandering Red Cedar River. The trail is maintained for hiking and snowshoeing by the ski trail groomer, which packs it down after a heavy snow. No ski tracks are set, so you’ll make your own unless others have skied it first. The first 2 miles of your journey takes you away from the river through flat bottomland. This offers a nice perspective of the river bluffs in the distance. It is a good place to catch a glimpse of a soaring red-tailed hawk on the lookout for small rodents. Surface quality: Mechanically packed.
Winter Trails: Wisconsin

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Winter Trails: Wisconsin

by Phil Van Valkenberg (The Globe Pequot Press)

Sleepy little Downsville seems little changed since the days when it thrived as a way point for rafters floating great quantities of rough sawn timber down to the Chippewa River. You have to wonder if the town could have held on today without the business brought in by the trail. On the trail south of town, skis or snowshoes are your ticket to beautiful, tranquil rambling along the meandering Red Cedar River.

The trail is maintained for hiking and snowshoeing by the ski trail groomer, which packs it down after a heavy snow. No ski tracks are set, so you’ll make your own unless others have skied it first. The first 2 miles of your journey takes you away from the river through flat bottomland. This offers a nice perspective of the river bluffs in the distance. It is a good place to catch a glimpse of a soaring red-tailed hawk on the lookout for small rodents. Surface quality: Mechanically packed.

©  Phil Van Valkenberg/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Downsville
Distance: 5.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day use
Trailhead Elevation: 700 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Cedar State Trail South

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