Green Circle Trail

Green Circle Trail, Stevens Point, WI

The Stevens Point area's locally-operated 24-mile nature trail circles through river shores, trees, plants, wild birds, and animals. Recall the history of the huge pinery, Indian camps, pioneer settlements, and lore of the Wisconsin and Plover rivers. Hike, touring bike, ski.


Recently the Green Circle Trail has received a 2008 Scenic Beauty Award according to impact on the attractiveness of the State of Wisconsin; potential to be used as a model by others; uniqueness; and effort relative to size of the organization. The Green Circle is the Stevens Point Area's 30.5 mile nature trail which circles through the beauty of river shores, trees, wild birds and animals that loops around the Stevens Point area.. This is a great place to bike (Bicycle Ordinances), hike, jog or ski if weather permits. It meanders through forests, over wetlands, and along rivers, recalling the days of huge pineries, pioneer settlements, and the lore of the Wisconsin and Plover Rivers. The 2.0-mile University Trail, a segment of the Schmeeckle Reserve trail network, connects to the Green Circle Trail. This well-maintained trail twists and turns continually offering an interesting route. Wildlife typically seen along the trail include numerous white-tailed deer and a bounty of bird life.

For the most part, the trail is fairly flat and only a few hills along the way. The trail is fairly wide on the paved and packed granite sections, and much narrower on the wood chip sections. Wood chip sections are more challenging and kind of resemble what a true mountain bike trail is like especially for the beginner enthusiast who wants to have a little challenge along the way. The Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center is not only the headquarters for the Green Circle but has many natural history exhibits devoted to Wisconsin's conservation history and houses the Conservation Hall of Fame.

The City of Stevens Point is a supporter of the "Green Circle" program, which is a subgroup of the Stevens Point Area Foundation. The Green Circle is the Stevens Point Area's 24 mile nature trail which circles through the beauty of river shores, trees, wild birds and animals. Walk Wisconsin offers three distance options, Full Marathon (26.2 miles), Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and Quarter Marathon (6.5 miles) all non-competitive and taking place on the beautiful Green Circle trail system.

There are even more trails nearby. If you are looking for mountain biking, check out Standing Rocks Park. Known in the wintertime for skiing, Standing Rocks has a great system of trails (10 miles worth) for mountain bikers.

Direction:
Green Circle Trail in the City of Stevens Point - Portage County (Northeast WI)

Locations

Schmeeckle Reserve, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
2419 North Point Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481
United States
1462 Strongs Ave.
Stevens Point, WI 54481
United States
Phone: 
715-346-4992, (715) 346-1433
Phone: 
Fax: 715-295-8918

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