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Wiouwash State Trail

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  • North trail map [PDF exit DNR]
  • South trail map [PDF]
  • Rail Trail: Yes
  • Length: 41 miles total, 19 miles Birnamwood to Split Rock and 22 miles from Oshkosh to Hortonville
  • Surface: crushed stone
  • Counties: Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca, Shawano
  • Communities: North segment - Split Rock, Tigerton, Wittenberg, Eland, Birnamwood;
    South segment - Oshkosh, Medina, Larson, Hortonville
  • Master plan
Aldo Leopold Legacy Trail System
Contact information
For information, contact:
Winnebago County Parks
625 E County Rd Y #500
Oshkosh WI 54901-8131

Outagamie County Parks
1375 E Broadway Dr.
Appleton WI 54913

Shawano County Parks Department
311 N Main Street
Shawano WI 54166

Wisconsin State Park System Wiouwash State Trail

View of trail through wooded area.

DNR Photo

LocationThe Wiouwash State Trail is named for Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca and Shawano counties. This trail, built on a former rail corridor, is maintained and operated by the four counties the trail traverses. Two sections of the trail are now complete and are separated by a gap of about 30 miles.

In Shawano County, the northern segment of the trail travels 19 miles between Birnamwood and Split Rock. This segment of the trail connects with the Mountain-Bay State Trail in Eland. The southern segment of the trail is open for 22 miles from Hortonville to the city of Oshkosh. The southern segment skirts along the edge of Lake Butte des Morts and continues into the countryside through native tall grass prairies, farmlands and wildlife areas. This segment connects to the Friendship Trail at State Highway 10. The Friendship Trail travels between the Wiouwash State Trail and the city of Menasha.

Several gaps remain along the rail corridor before the two segments are connected by a continuous trail. Ongoing efforts are being made to acquire right-of-way or obtain the necessary easements to complete the trail. Once completed, the trail may eventually run from the town of Aniwa in Shawano County to downtown Oshkosh.

Trail activities

The trail may bring a number of different users to the trail at the same time. It is important to use good trail etiquette to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all trail users.

Hiking Bicycling Pets Walking and bicycling

The level grade and limestone surface make this trail suitable for bicyclists, walkers and joggers. Bikers do not need a trail pass while using the trail. Due to the possibility of hoof marks in the trail surface, wider-tire bicycles are recommended.

Pet owners, please be sure to have your pet on a leash, 8 feet or shorter, at all times. You must pick up after your pet.

Horseback riding Horseback riding

The two segments of the Wiouwash State Trail corridor are open for horses. Riders are asked to limit their use of the trail immediately following a heavy rainfall to reduce the amount of damage to the trail. Riders must pick up after their horse.

Snowmobiling Winter activities Winter activities

Snowmobiles are permitted on the trail. Operators must follow all Wisconsin snowmobile laws. The trail also connects to numerous miles of county snowmobile trails.

The opening and closing of snowmobile trails is at the discretion of each county. Snowmobile trails which cross DNR lands are opened and closed consistent with the surrounding county (or counties). Whenever possible, the opening and closing of snowmobile trails is done on a county-wide basis, however localized conditions may require localized trail opening and closing. It is the responsibility of the county to provide notification about the status of snowmobile trails. The Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report [exit DNR], and local club and county snowmobile web pages [exit DNR] and telephone hotlines will provide the most current information.

The trail is open to walking, bicycling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, however, the trail is not groomed and users must share the trail with snowmobiles. Skiers do not need a trail pass while using the trail.

No Hunting No Hunting No Hunting and trapping allowed on trail

Hunting and trapping are not allowed on the trail corridor. For more information, please see:


Parking is available in the communities Birnamwood, Eland, Wittenberg and Tigerton. State Highway 45 runs through or parallel to these four communities in Shawano County. In Eland, the Wiouwash State Trail connects with the Mountain-Bay State Trail. The Mountain-Bay State Trail runs between Wausau and Green Bay. Shawano County Recreation Map [PDF exit DNR].

Hortonville: The Wiouwash trailhead is just south of Hortonville off Lake View Avenue. Lake View Avenue is east of County Highway M.

Medina: A parking area is located on the southwest corner of the trail intersection with State Highway 96 in Medina.

Friendship Trail: The Wiouwash State Trail links to the Friendship Trail in Winnebago County at State Highway 10. The Friendship Trail parallels State Highway 10 into the town of Menasha where it crosses Little Lake Butte des Morts on a 0.8-mile rail trestle.

Larson: Trail Head Park, at County Highway T, offers restrooms, picnic areas, a children's playground and parking areas for vehicles and horse trailers.

Oshkosh: The main parking lot for the trail in Winnebago County is located off Westwind Road, near the intersection of State Highways 41 and 45.


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Last revised: Monday October 07 2019