Old Abe State Trail

Old Abe State Trail, Cornell, WI

A scenic corridor following the Chippewa River through agricultural and undeveloped lands between Lake Wissota State Park and Brunet Island State Park at Cornell.

This paved 19.5 mile trail connects Lake Wissota State Park in Chippewa Falls and Brunet Island State Park in Cornell. The trail is an abandoned railroad grade and has been developed into a trail for bicyclists, snowmobiles, hikers, horse back riders and in-line skaters. A parallel horse trail connects Jim Falls and Lake Wissota State Park. Hike, touring bike, snowmobile, horse back riders and inline skaters. An extension south to Eau Claire and Red Cedar Trail are planned to link to the Chippewa River State Trail. Solitude and wildlife are abundant. You’ll see meadowlarks, cattail marshes, blue heron, bittern, sparrows and numerous warblers.

It winds through agricultural land into the community of Jim Falls, where the horseback riding portion of the trail ends. Five miles north of Jim Falls, you will arrive in historic "Cobban", site of the Cobban Bridge! North of Cobban the trail leaves the Chippewa River for several miles before joining back up to the river, just south of Cornell. Today, this section of the Chippewa River is placid, with small factories chugging along in quiet towns: the paper mill in Cornell, the cheese plant in Jim Falls, the brewery in Chippewa Falls.

You can take a hike along the Moonridge Trail, French Creek, Cornell Flowage, nearby Holcombe Flowage; or Campground at Little Teepee or whitewater paddling is great on Chippewa River. There is a brilliant hiking trail right next door to Old Abe State Trail called the Hay Meadow Trail close by Twin Oaks Golf Course.

Old Abe State Trail Map

Friends of Old Abe State Trail

Trail Uses: Biking, Hiking, In-line Skating, Snowmobiling, Horseback Riding.

Old Abe State Trail in the City of Cornell - Chippewa County (Northwest WI).


Old Abe State Trail
23125 255th St.
Cornell, WI 54732
United States
(715) 239-6888

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