Old Abe State Trail

A scenic section of the trail

A scenic section of the trail

Bike bridge over Lake Wissota in Chippewa Falls

Bike bridge over Lake Wissota in Chippewa Falls

The Old Abe State Trail is a paved 19.5 mile trail connecting Lake Wissota State Park in Chippewa Falls and Brunet Island State Park in Cornell. This old railroad grade has been developed into a trail for bicyclists, snowmobilers, hikers, horseback riders * and in-line skaters. Enjoy a newly paved section of trail from Jim Falls to Cornell. A future link in 2014 to the Chippewa River Trail and Red Cedar Trail will make this a 70 mile trail system. The trail can be accessed at trail heads located on 97th Avenue (junction of Hwy S & Hwy O) in Chippewa Falls, Mill Yard Park in Cornell or at the Town Hall parking lot in Jim Falls. Duncan Creek Trail, a 5-mile trail located in Chippewa Falls, connects to the state trail northwest of CTH I and can be accessed at different points along the trail.

Hours of Operation

Daylight hours spring until winter.


Begin your trail experience at either trailheads in Lake Wissota or Brunet Island State Parks.


  • On Water

Surface Type

  • Asphalt

Natural Attractions Type

  • Parks, Forests, Trails


  • Yes

Trail Length (miles)

  • 20


  • Easy