The Old Abe State Trail is a paved 19.5-mile abandoned railroad grade connecting two State Parks, from Chippewa Falls to Cornell as well as connects Chippewa Falls, Lake Hallie, and the Chippewa River State Trail. Riders now can enjoy a total of 76 miles with connecting trails. This old railroad grade has been developed into a multi-use trail for bicyclists, snowmobilers, hikers, horseback riders, and in-line skaters. You can begin your trail experience in Chippewa Falls at the trailhead on 97th Avenue (junction of Hwy S & Hwy O), in Cornell at Mill Yard Park, or the Town Hall parking lot in Jim Falls. The Old Abe State Trail connects with the Duncan Creek Trail northeast of County Highway I. State trail passes are required for all individuals over 16 for biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, or in-line skating. Self-registration passes are available at the trailheads in Cornell and Chippewa Falls. Passes are also available at the Chippewa Falls Visitor Center and Spring Street Sports. Passes are $25 annually or $5 for a daily pass and are valid on all Wisconsin State Trails (prices are subject to change).
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