Trestle-Friendship & Wiouwash Trails

The flat terrain of the Fox Valley and western shore of Lake Winnebago has always been popular for easy-rolling bicycling. Now, the newly completed Trestle Trail spanning Little Lake Butte Des Mortes makes the riding even better between Menasha and Oshkosh. The Trestle Trail is a true showpiece. Nearly 1/3-mile long, it spans the lake between the City and Town of Menasha. Lighted and decked with plastic planking, it is a beautiful addition to the area's recreational options. A central pavilion allows you to pull over to enjoy the view or the breeze. At its western end, the Trestle Trail meets the Friendship Trail at Fritse Park in the Town of Menasha. Ultimately, the Friendship Trail will push east and west from Menasha linking Stevens Point with Manitowoc. Currently it runs only west from Fritse Park eight miles to the Wiouwash Trail, although in the near future it will extend east to High Cliff State Park. To learn more about the Fox River, Wisconsin's historic route of discovery and trade, visit the Tayco Street Bridge Tower Museum in Menasha. The Wiouwash Trail runs north and south through quiet farm and marshland. Songbirds flit through the trailside brush while hawks patrol the skies. It is a welcome contrast to the bustle of the lakeside cities. At the north end of the Wiouwash, you'll find the pleasant town of Hortonville. It was founded in 1848 by Alonzo Horton, who then headed west to California where he founded a somewhat better known community, San Diego. At its southern end, the Wiouwash connects to a city trail that allows you to pedal right into downtown Oshkosh. Several blocks east of the trail on Congress Avenue are two of the city's most famous attractions: the Oshkosh Public Museum, and the beautiful Tudor mansion and exquisite gardens of the Paine Art Center. Oshkosh is also home to one of the world's most incredible aviation collections at the EAA AirVenture Museum.