During the fall, the Oshkosh area offers excellent trail opportunities. The uniquely named Wiowash State Trail takes its title from the four counties it passes through: Winnebago, Outgamie, Waupaca and Shawano.
The trail is split into two sections. The northern section runs from Aniwa to Split Rock. The southern section runs for 21 miles from Oshkosh northward to Hortonville and offers opportunities for biking, walking, jogging and birdwatching.
As it traverses the countryside, the southern section of the Wiouwash passes through a number of interesting natural habitats. Segments of the trail run through prairie and wetlands, attracting hundreds of species of birds, including sandhill cranes. The trail also crosses Dagget’s Creek, the Rat River and Black Otter Creek. It’s a scenic and relaxing journey, whether you’re on foot or two wheels.
The nearby Mascoutin Valley State Trail is another quality trail opportunity. The 5.3-mile segment of the trail that runs through Winnebago County connects the communities of Ripon and Berlin. The trail passes along the edges of meadows and farm fields, affording wonderful views of the rural landscape. Wetlands appear at several intervals along the trail, giving trail users a chance to see birds and wildlife.
Next time you’re in Wisconsin’s Event City, bring your bicycle, walking shoes, running shoes or a pair of binoculars and enjoy great trails and beautiful scenery.