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Chippewa River State Trail

Trail facts

  • Rail trail: Yes
  • Length: 30 miles
  • Surface: Asphalt - 18 miles. Asphalt emulsion - 12 miles
  • Counties: Eau Claire, Dunn, Pepin
  • Communities: Eau Claire, Caryville, Meridean, Durand


There are access points at Phoenix Park in downtown Eau Claire, State Highway 85 west of State Highway 37, in Caryville on State Highway 85 west of the Eau Claire/Dunn county line and Meridean north of State Highway 85 on County Highway O.

Tarrant Park along State Highway 85 at the northeast end of Durand, is the Chippewa River Trail's southwest trailhead. This 16-acre park features parking adjacent to the trail, picnic areas, playgrounds, athletic fields, a swimming pool, water, toilets and the only campground on the Chippewa River State Trail.


The trail is open year-round.


No trail passes are required for the Eau Claire city trail or the Pepin County/Durand section, but on the rest of the trail, each bicyclist and in-line skater age 16 and older must have a state trail pass. There is a self-registration box and information kiosk at Short Street in Eau Claire, the dividing line between city and state trails.

Planning and Management

For more information about planning for this property, see Property Master Plans.

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Friends of the Chippewa River State Trail [exit DNR]

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