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Fox River State Recreational Trail

The Fox River State Recreational Trail stretches 20 miles from downtown Green Bay to the Brown/Calumet County line. From the Trailhead, approximately 10.5 miles of the urban section of the trail is asphalt-paved to Lasee Road. From Lasee Road south to the county line the trail is surfaced with limestone screenings.

The southern portion of the trail south of Highway 96 in the Village of Greenleaf allows horseback riding on the gravel surface.

Twelve new interpretive signs have been added on the Fox River Trail from downtown Green Bay to the Village of Allouez. These signs feature topics related to the history of the Green Bay area associated with the Fox River and also focuses on the importance of the Port of Green Bay in our community. This project, initiated by the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Green Bay Program, was a great example of community partnership. Leadership Green Bay developed the sign design concept by enlisting the services of a NWTC student and performed historical research in conjunction with the Brown County Library, Neville Public Museum and Brown County Historical Society. The Leadership group also raised funds from a number of local businesses to help with the project costs. The City of Green Bay allowed placement of four signs along the city-operated section of the trail north of Porlier Street and Brown County Parks hosts the other eight signs south of Porlier. The Brown County Port Department Also provided sign development needs as well as partial funding for the project and a Wisconsin Coastal Management grant funded 50% of the total project. What a fantastic example of community cooperation!

A "Health Trail" along a portion of the Fox River Trail in Allouez provides trail users with an outdoor fitness challenge course. Also located in the Allouez section of the Fox River Trail is St. Francis Park. With its picturesque gazebo, restroom building and park benches overlooking the Fox River, St. Francis Park provides a relaxing resting spot for trail users and picnickers. Dogs are allowed on the trail on 5-foot leashes and owners must carry a waste pick-up device or bag with them when using the trail. Fox River Trail hours are 5 AM - 9 PM.

The Fox River Trail corridor has a rich history, beginning with the Native Americans who used footpaths to travel between their villages located along the river. The early French explorers, missionaries, and traders built their posts and missions along these trails. As the area was settled, livestock and other goods were brought to market using these pathways. Later, a military road was built along portions of the corridor linking Green Bay to Milwaukee. In the 1860’s the Milwaukee and Superior Railway acquired the present corridor and began planning for rail service. In 1873, the Milwaukee and Northern Railway Company purchased the corridor and the first trains began making regular runs between the Green Bay and Milwaukee markets. Trains would continue to run on the corridor for the next 116 years as ownership passed from one railroad to another. In 1989, regular rail service was discontinued, signaling the end of one era, and the beginning of another with the development of the Fox River Trail.

In 2001, County Park staff members worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in developing the new Fox River State Recreational Trail. The Wisconsin Conservation Corps was also very instrumental in this endeavor of trail development. This original trail stretched 13.5 miles from Green Bay to Greenleaf. In 2006 an additional six miles of trail was completed, terminating at the Brown/Calumet County line. Whether bicycling, in-line skating, horseback riding or just walking, the Fox River Trail is a tremendous asset to Brown County!



Click
here for a brochure of the Fox River Trail.

An Annual State Trail Pass or a Daily Pass is required for bicyclists, in-line skaters, skateboarders and horseback riders over 16 years old. There is no fee for walkers. Daily Passes are $4 and are available at the trail paystations at various locations along the trail. Annual State Trail Passes are $20 and are also available at each paystation as well as several vendor locations.

Click
here for vendor locations.

Click here to view a brochure on horse trails.

Join The Friends of the Fox River Trail...
The state-sanctioned Friends of the Fox River Trail supports the mission and activities of this tremendously popular state recreational trail. The Friends group provides vital assistance to Brown County Facility and Park Management by fund-raising for trail development projects and also through generously volunteering time to assist in trail clean-up/maintenance duties, invasive species removal and promoting trail safety through the trail ambassador program. If you would like more information on the organization, please click on the links below:

Click here for the history of the Friends of the Fox River Trail.
Click here for a membership form.

Directions: The Trailhead of the Fox River Trail is located near downtown Green Bay at the junction of Porlier Street and Adams Street, just south of the Mason Street bridge. Parking near the trailhead is available on Adams Street, and on weekends in the lot located under the Mason Street Bridge. Parking is also available at the Fox Point Boat Launch facility, Voyageur Park, Bomier Boat Launch and the corner of Klaus and Follett Streets in Greenleaf.


Fox River Trail Photo Gallery

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