High Cliff State Park

Sherwood, Wisconsin

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High Cliff State Park overlooks Lake Winnebago on its northeast shoreline. High above the water, a massive memorial statue of Red Bird, chief of the Winnebagos, stands guard over the lake. This is one of the most beautiful locations in Wisconsin regardless of what season mountain bikers choose to visit. The main trail, the Red Bird Trail, runs the length of the main cliff wall and covers 3 miles—1.5 miles out and 1.5 miles back—over a mix of 5-foot-wide dirt and limestone paths. The entire circuit takes a half hour to cover, but riders will no doubt want to stop and sightsee along the way. Many small side trails lead off the ledges and down into rock formations surrounding the lake. If the intent of the ride is to get out and do some climbing, ride back down to the main lot and come back up on the road, a killer climb that takes you from the lakeshore to the top of the bluff over the course of a mile.

High Cliff State Park Professional Review and Guide

"High Cliff State Park overlooks Lake Winnebago on its northeast shoreline. High above the water, a massive memorial statue of Red Bird, chief of the Winnebagos, stands guard over the lake. This is one of the most beautiful locations in Wisconsin regardless of what season mountain bikers choose to visit. The main trail, the Red Bird Trail, runs the length of the main cliff wall and covers 3 miles—1.5 miles out and 1.5 miles back—over a mix of 5-foot-wide dirt and limestone paths.

The entire circuit takes a half hour to cover, but riders will no doubt want to stop and sightsee along the way. Many small side trails lead off the ledges and down into rock formations surrounding the lake. If the intent of the ride is to get out and do some climbing, ride back down to the main lot and come back up on the road, a killer climb that takes you from the lakeshore to the top of the bluff over the course of a mile."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Sherwood
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: Open year round.
Local Contacts: High Cliff State Park 414-989-1106 254-2333 Wisconsin Department of Tourism 608-266-2161, and Wisconsin Off-Road Bike Association 608-222-5608.
Local Maps: The trail area is shown on the USGS 7.5-minute quad for Sherwood. Map; are also available at the ranger stations at either entrance to the park.
Driving Directions: Directions to High Cliff State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

8/12/2006
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Easy ride with little technical ability needed. Great place for beginners or if bringing children. In a few of the rocky areas, there are a few 2-5 foot drop offs that can be ridden.


6/24/2005
0

The cliffside trail is good, but the horse path is not that great.


8/19/2004
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May 2018