Recreational Trails

*Important Notice*

Spring is a great time of year to get reacquainted with the outdoors. When venturing onto our local trails, make sure you do so responsibly. Trails can be very wet and muddy this time of year. We encourage all trail users to avoid wet areas and turn around if encountering soft trail surfaces. If you are leaving tracks on the trail, it's too wet! Do not ruin the trail for other users. This notice is for walkers/runners, bikers, horseback riders, and anyone else who uses local trails.

Winnebago County has miles of recreation trails throughout the county. The two most popular trails include the WIOUWASH State Trail and Mascoutin Valley State Trail. Both trails stretch for a combined 27 miles through Winnebago County. Use the information on this page to prepare for your next advernture on Winnebago County’s recreation trails.

Winnebago County Virtual Trail Map

Find all the best routes for walking and bicycling on the Winnebago County Virtual Trail Map. This online map is available on any smart device and shows paved and unpaved routes, trails and facilities along with important amenities and features such as public restrooms, points-of-interest, pet-friendly areas, and fix-it stations.

Winter Trail

Trail Info

The WIOUWASH and Mascoutin Trails both run on abandoned railroad corridors (Rails-to-Trails). These multi-use trails are long, flat and mostly covered with crushed limestone. Both trails have beautiful scenery for activities such as walking, hiking, biking, and horseback riding in the summer months with cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter months.

The Tribal Heritage Crossing of the WIOUWASH State Trail is a one-mile, paved causeway spaning across Lake Butte des Morts. It features informational kiosks for all 11 of Wisconsin's Native American Tribes.

Most of Winnebago County’s nature preserves have great walking and biking trails as well. Check out the Nature Preserves section of the website to learn more about these unique natural areas. You will also find paved trails at Winnebago County Community Park.

Winter on the Trail

Winter is a great time to explore Winnebago County recreation trails. A wide range of activities are available during the winter such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat-tire biking and snowmobiling.

Trail etiquette is always important on the trail during winter. Snowmobiling is a popular activity on some of the trails and trail users should yeild to snowmobilers. In the same regard, snowmobilers must always slow down when approaching other trail users. Check out these Wisconsin Trail Etiquette and Safety Guidelines before heading out on your next winter adventure.


Trail Ambassador

Become a trail ambassador for the Winnebago County Parks Department. Ambassadors help provide for the safety and well-being of users, by preserving and protecting trail resources, in order to promote an enjoyable experience for all trail users. If you are interested, please fill out our Trail Ambassador application.

Other Info

Check out our Trail Etiquette Quick Tips and help make trails enjoyable for everyone. Download the WIOUWASH Trail Brochure. Learn more about the Winnebago County Bike/Ped Plan.

Waukau Creek Nature Preserve Trail

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Parks Department Office

625 E County Road Y
Suite 500
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Oshkosh:(920) 232-1960
Neenah:(920) 727-8641
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Expo Center

500 East Sunnyview Road
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Oshkosh:(920) 232-1960
Neenah:(920) 727-8641

Reservations - Parks And Shelters

625 E. County Road Y
Suite 500
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Oshkosh:(920) 232-1960
Neenah:(920) 727-8641


600 Butler Avenue
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Phone: (920) 232-1941

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