We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Good paved trail, but trail maps are confusing”

Old Abe State Trail
Reviewed September 2, 2012

Nice paved trail, following the Old Abe flowage. All the maps you see of this trail show a connection with the Chippewa Valley and Red Cedar trails. Be aware that there is no such connection. If you look closely at the maps you will see a section with a slightly different designation which means "future trail". The Old Abe basically dumps you into downtown Chippewa Falls (nice town) with no signage telling you what the deal is. Confusing at best.

2  Thank badbucky
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (44)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

40 - 44 of 44 reviews

Reviewed June 28, 2012

Loved the bike trail along the river! Very scenic and a very easy ride. Will bring our bikes again when we travel to Cadott.

Thank WisconsinWizard
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 4, 2012

The Chippewa River is visible occasionally. In early May the wildflowers were really good. But the pavement is rough in places. Still, it's worth a ride/walk.

Thank ExpectGoodService
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 20, 2012

Pleasant walk/bike trail along the lake. Easy going.

Thank MarthaSY
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 24, 2010

This is a beautiful trail that runs along the Chippewa River starting just north of Chippewa near Lake Wissota Golf Course and running all the way to Cornell, about a 30 mile bike ride. The path is connected with the bike trail throughout Chippewa Falls, and I have heard rumors that you can get all the way to Eau Claire on it, but I have not taken the time to discover that path.

The trail from Chippewa to Jim Falls is very nice. The pavement is still very smooth, and save for the few stop signs at intersections, it flows very nicely. This part of the trail is not directly next to the water, but bikers can still enjoy great wooded scenery.
From Jim Falls to the Cobbin Bridge, the trail gets to be a bit washboard-y. Bikers need to look out for frequent bumps, potholes, cracks and other obstacles (sometimes fallen trees...). It is clear that this section of the trail is not as well taken care of. The alternative to this section of trail would be to ride north on Hwy 178, which while it follows the other side of the river and is very pretty, it does have a considerable amount of traffic (that is not overly courteous to bikers) and a low shoulder.
From the Cobbin Bridge to Cornell, the bike trail picks up on it's loveliness agian and the hazards are gone.
Once you have made it to Cornell, I would reccommend going the extra mile or two and visiting Burnet Island State Park. Really a beautiful end to a lovely ride. Burnet Island is really well taken care of and you can see a lot of wildlife around.

It is a very beautiful trail filled with great scenery and interesting stops. If you make it all the way to Cornell, there are a couple cute places to stop for ice cream / lunch: The Main Scoop (opens at noon... so if you're an early rider like me, not ideal. However, if you're a family/ later in the afternoon rider - the ice cream is awesome); Dylans Dairy (a cafe/ ice cream shop/ deli. Opens early and has real food if you're craving something. It also has a great assortment of all sorts of cheese!).

9  Thank elanorobarge
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Old Abe State Trail also viewed

 

Been to Old Abe State Trail? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing