Red Cedar State Trail is a 31.1 mile out and back trail located near Menomonie, WI. The trail is accessible year-round.
Beautiful river valley, fast beautiful river, peaceful green trees and blooming flowers. Quiet place to run or walk. Cliffs too! The trail goes on for miles and miles which is nice, and it's so nice I could come back every day.
Really nice trail. We biked it on cyclocross bikes with wide tires (38c) and found that to be perfect. Mountain bikes would be good, road bikes would be iffy.
Heavily wooded and runs along the Red Cedar River the whole way. Great views of the river, canoeists etc... We went as far as the confluence of the Red Cedar and Chippewa Rivers (bridge). You could go further, but that seemed like a good turn around point. There is a small wide spot in the road about 5 miles from the Chippewa River that has ice cream and is a great spot to stop for a treat.
Trail surface is finely crushed gravel with hard packed dirt in places. You're in the woods most of the time so wind is typically not a factor for cyclists. This would be a good ride on a windy day.
Plan on bringing plenty of water and food as well as any tools, spare tubes etc... There is pretty much no nearby services and you're pretty much out in the country.
Our total ride was 28 miles in an out and back routing.