The Old Abe Trail is a paved bike trail on a retired rail bed that connects Brunet Island State Park to Lake Wissota State Park near Chippewa Falls. The 20 mile trek meanders along with the scenic Chippewa River past Old Abe Lake.
Old Abe Lake is named after the famous Old Abe Eagle which was the mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Regiment in the Civil War. A replica of Old Abe watches over the State Assembly at the Capitol in Madison (The original was lost in a fire). Old Abe was captured by the Lake Superior Chippewa near Jim Falls.
The Ice Age National Scenic Trail intersects the Old Abe State Trail at Cornell.
The Duncan Creek Trail is the municipal bike trail system in Chippewa Falls. It includes paved trails and bike lanes.
Overview: Old Abe State Trail
COMMUNITIES: Cornell, Jim Falls, Chippewa Falls
TOTAL MILES: 21
POINTS OF INTEREST: Old Abe Lake, Chippewa River, Lake Wissota, Brunet Island State Park, Jim Falls, Ice Age National Scenic Trail
CAMPING: Brunet Island State Park, Lake Wissota State Park
Overview: Duncan Creek Trail
COMMUNITIES: Chippewa Falls
TOTAL MILES: 5-10
Directions and Trail Map
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Addresses for your GPS:
Brunet Island State Park: 376 Park Rd, Cornell, WI 54732
| coordinates: 45.182665, -91.163707 |
Cornell Parking: 167 Park Rd, Cornell, WI 54732
| coordinates: 45.166544, -91.153662 | Jim Falls Parking: 13619 198th St, Jim Falls, WI 54748
| coordinates: 45.040142, -91.276711 |
Lake Wissota State Park Park Parking: 18103 CR-O, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
| coordinates: 44.974380, -91.312638 |
Chippewa Falls Marshall Park Parking: 93 Bridgewater Ave, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
| coordinates: 44.944124, -91.399558 |
|From Milwaukee||4 Hours|
|From Madison||3 Hours|
|From Green Bay||3 Hours|
|From Wausau||1.5 Hours|
|From Minneapolis||1.5 Hours|
|From Chicago||5 Hours|