Appleton, Wisconsin 54913
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Hitting the trails does the body, mind, and soul good. Enjoy more than 100+ miles of trails, countless of parks and greenspaces, and numerous public nature preserves in the Fox Cities.
1000 Islands Environmental Center
Stroll along the Fox River on miles of boardwalk and mulch paths at 1000 Islands in Kaukauna. The trails, which are free and open to the public daily, offer an abundance of wildlife and bird-watching opportunities too.
Loop the Lake
At 3.5 miles, this trail connects three Fox Cities communities, features four trestle bridges, and cuts through multiple family-friendly public parks, all while looping the lower portion of Little Lake Butte des Morts. Walk, run, bike, fish, stroll, and more on Loop the Lake.
This five mile long trail will take you by some of the best sights Neenah and Menasha have to offer. Ride, Walk, or Run through Jefferrson Park, Downtown Menasha, and Smith Park. The trail ends in Heckrodt Wetland Preserve. (See Below)
Heckrodt Wetland Reserve
Located in Menasha, Heckrodt Wetland Reserve is an urban nature preserve with three miles of looped trails, including wheelchair and stroller-friendly boardwalks, a variety of wildlife, and observation decks overlooking ponds. Trails are free and open to the public daily, dawn through dusk. The Nature Center and Children's Play Area are currently closed, but the trails remain open from 6am - 9pm.
At this one-of-a-kind park, adventure and awe will meet as you tower above the northeastern shore of Lake Winnebago — Wisconsin’s largest inland lake. A Fox Cities Original, this park features easy-to-moderate hiking trails with stunning lake views, and as part of the park's intriguing history, you'll discover centuries-old effigy mounds amidst the natural wonders.
Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve
Take a walk in the woods, enjoy eight-plus miles of trails, or explore the more than 700 acres of this one-of-a-kind nature preserve. Trail use is free and open to the public.
Fox Trot Trail
The Fox Trot Trail winds its way more than two miles through downtown Appleton and the riverfront, highlighting the area's natural beauty, historic assets, and urban developments. Get a whole new perspective of the downtown Appleton area, including the storied paper industry that has helped drive our vibrant region, while getting fresh air and some steps in.
Wiouwash State Recreation Trail
Stretching more than 20 miles from Hortonville to Oshkosh, this trail takes users through the Fox Cities countryside. Enjoy the silence and serenity of nature walking, running, or biking on this Fox Cities trail.
The Fox Cities Paper Trail is a 42-mile loop that surrounds the Fox Cities. The trail connects 20 different parks to each other. Some sections are on rural highways without a bike lane, please use caution when riding this trail.
For even more Fox Cities trail options, visit our Trails page.
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