Wiouwash State Trail (South)
ElevationAscent: 247' 75 m
Descent: -204' -62 m
High: 840' 256 m
Low: 745' 227 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)
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“The Wiouwash is the best out-and-back trail in central Wisconsin, passing rivers, lakes, trees, and open fields.”— Kiran Loewenstein
The Wiouwash is the best rails-to-trails has to offer, as it follows a former rail corridor. The trail is well-maintained and flat, and offers some of the best surroundings of any trail in central-eastern Wisconsin. Near Oshkosh, walkers, bikers, and dog-walkers use the first two miles of the trail regularly. Horseback riding is also allowed.
The main parking area in Winnebago County can be found off Westwind Road, near where State Highways 41 and 45 meet. There is also a trailhead at County Highway T at the aptly named Trailhead Park in Larson, and in Medina, at the southwest corner of the trail intersection with State Highway 96.
The trail offers great birdwatching in both brushy and open-field and tall-grass prairie environments. The several tall-grass prairie preserves are great spots to find native plants and animals, including spring and summer wildflowers. The trail passes through the Rat River Wildlife Area where spotting beaver, muskrats, deer, and many birds is easy, although they can also be found on other parts of the trail as well.
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