Road biking in Wausau. / Gannett Central Wisconsin file photo
About the Green Circle
The trail is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., except for the University Trail through Schmeeckle Reserve, which closes at sunset. The trailhead is located just west of Schmeeckle Reserve and offers a shelter with picnic table, maps, and other information about the trail.
On road biking near Wausau...
One of my favorite roads is Highway O between NN to Highway C. It has rolling terrain, light traffic and crosses the Eau Pleine Reservoir. Beautiful scenery.
Other lightly traveled roads are the town roads on the southeast area, Highway Q, Konkel Road, Litza Road, Martin Road, in that area. A good way to explore those roads is to do the Tuesday night road rides that start from the YMCA in Weston. The Wausau Wheelers have various groups that ride together, slow, medium and fast, on Tuesday nights. There is also a family night ride on Thursdays. Those rides will be starting soon, and are a great way to explore that area and meet other cyclists. The ride leader takes us on different routes every week. Find the club on the web at http://wausauwheelers.org.
The northwest part of the Wausau area (Highway A, Stettin Drive, etc.) is very scenic. This area is challenging because of the hills, but the scenery and the fun of screaming down the hills is worth the effort.
One thing that I really am grateful to have in our area is the pedestrian/cycling bridge over the Wisconsin River that connects Rib Mountain and Rothschild. That has opened up a whole new area for cyclists living in either community.
Karen Mikalofsky, Wausau
Standing Rocks Park / Gannett Central Wisconsin file photo
Green Circle Trail / Gannett Central Wisconsin file photo
Varied responses mentioned biking the Bearskin Trail, Mountain Bay Trail and Lake Wazeecha, but Stevens Points Green Circle has plenty to please all kinds of riders..
Parts of Green Circle Trail
→Brickyard Trail Adjacent to a historic brickyard, this wooded trail winds past frog ponds and a creek. Access to Zenoff Park and Stevens Point Sculpture Park. 1.1 miles (crushed granite trail and sidewalks)
→Heartland Trail Parallel to Stevens Point rail yard along Patch Street. Connects to the Portage County Business Park through a highway underpass. 2.8 miles (asphalt paved trail)
→Hoover Road Trail Popular paved trail that parallels Hoover Road and connects Stevens Point with Plover. 4.9 miles (asphalt paved trail)
→Iverson Park Trail Quiet neighborhood roads and wooded trails through park. Views of Plover River backwaters and historic stone structures. Groomed ski trial in winter. 2.7 miles (crushed granite trail and paved roads)
→Mainland Meadows Trail Meadows of grasses and wildflowers and quiet neighborhood roads. Access to Whiting well field and Upper Whiting Park. 2.2 miles (crushed granite trail and paved roads)
→McDill Trail Wooded trails and quiet neighborhoods. Views of waterflow on McDill Pond. Access to Plover River Park. 1.4 miles (crushed granite trail and paved roads)
→Moses Creek Trail Travel is through wet woodlands, meadows and forested area for great wildlife viewing. Access to Yulga Park. 2.3 miles (crushed granite trail and boardwalks)
→Paper Mill Trail Travels through forested village of Whiting and paper mill land at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Plover rivers. 2.1 miles (crushed granite trail and sidewalks)
→Plover River Trail Follows the meandering Plover River through woods near the airport. 3.6 miles (crushed granite trail)
→Riverfront Trail Popular trail near historic downtown Stevens Point. Views of the Wisconsin River and waterfowl. Travels through Bukolt and Pfiffner Pioneer parks. 1.3 miles (asphalt paved trail)
→River Pines Trail Scenic trail meanders beneath large pines and oaks, with views of Wisconsin River and rocky islands. Connects with historic Water Street near downtown. 3.1 miles (paved roads, crushed granite trail and sidewalks)
→Stagecoach Trail Follows Old Wausau Road, stunning vistas of the Wisconsin River- 2.2 miles (paved roads with shoulders)
→University Trail Trail through Schmeeckle Reserve, a 280-acre nature reserve on the University of Stevens Point campus. Woods, prairie, wetland and oak savanna. 2.6 miles (crushed granite trail, boardwalks and paved road)
→Westside Loop Views of Wisconsin River, downtown Stevens Point, paper mill dam and large wetlands. 2.4 miles (crushed granite trail and sidewalks)
→Whiting Park Trail Follows shoreline of Plover River with views of waterfowl and Indian mounds. 1.4 miles (sidewalks and woodchipped trail)