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Basic Information

Red Cedar State Trail

The depot visitor center is closed. Water and restrooms are now open for the season at Downsville. 

Trail facts

  • Rail trail: Yes
  • Length: 14.5 miles
  • Surface: Crushed stone
  • Counties: Dunn
  • Communities: Menomonie, Irvington, Downsville


Menomonie: The depot building/visitor center along Highway 29 on the west side of Menomonie serves as the northern trailhead for the Red Cedar State Trail. Parking and trail passes are available.

Irvington: Parking is available at the intersection of County Highway D and Paradise Valley Road.

Downsville: Parking is near the intersection of Highway 25 and County Highway C. The Empire in Pine Lumber Museum in Downsville traces the colorful Lumber Era of Dunn County and gives trail users a look into the history of the area.

The Chippewa River State Trail connects to the Red Cedar State Trail in the Dunnville Wildlife Area near the confluence of the Red Cedar and Chippewa rivers. Sandbars in this area offer access to swimming, fishing and picnicking. There is some parking in the Dunnville Wildlife Area near County Highway Y.


The trail is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. year-round.


state trail pass required for bicycling and cross-country skiing. Self-registration stations are available at the depot visitor center in Menomonie and at Downsville. 

Planning and Management

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

Friends group

Friends of the Red Cedar State Trail [exit DNR]

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