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Red Cedar Trail and Hoffman Hills Menomonie

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Red Cedar Trail and Hoffman Hills
921 Brickyard Road
Menomonie
WI
54751
Tel: 715 232 1242

Where are we going today?

Who is excited to get on those walking shoes, and take to some beautiful nature trails in Wisconsin! We certainly are!

The Red Cedar Trail is a popular experience for families to enjoy, because it takes you through some pretty amazing scenery within the state!

This particular trail is 14.5 miles, and shadows the impressive walls of the Red Cedar Valley. Along the way, whether you're biking or hiking, you will pass through the towns of Irvington and Downsville, as well as the Dunnville State Wildlife Area.

Not only that, you will get to experience some amazing landscapes along the way!  The Red Cedar Trail has a compacted limestone surface and meanders past towering sandstone bluffs and pastoral farmland, through deep, deciduous forests, sunny meadows, and expansive river bottoms.

Sweeping vistas of the Red Cedar River are found along much of the 14.5 miles of trail. Be certain to slow your pace and enjoy the amazing diversity of animals and plants found there.

Don't let winter slow you down either, because over the colder months there are 7 miles that are groomed for skiing, and snowshoeing! 

The Red Cedar State Trail is also part of the Chippewa Valley Trail System, so when you have finished, you will be faced with an 80 mile network of trail that you can take on as a challenge if you want!

The nearby Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area offers 707 acres of preserved and restored wooded hills, wetlands, and prairie traversed with hiking and cross-country ski trails. It's an excellent bird watching area. A 60-foot-high observation tower crowns one of the highest points in DunnCounty, offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, especially in autumn.

Nature really is calling!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree!
  • ChildrenFree!
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

Access is during daylight

Year round

Any Top Tips?

If you're going far out with small ones be sure to prepare for all weather eventualities!.

Doing our bit

They do their best to keep the trail perfect for families to visit and enjoy, so help them out by following any regulations they have up, and keep it clean too!.

Need a little extra help?

Use your judgement on the accessibility when you see the trails. The surfaces are limestone and suitable for bikes.

More information

The trail is perfect for biking and paddling if you want, because some of the sections parallel the Red Cedar River.

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    This hotel sucked. Plain and simple. The beds were old and hard as a rock. The hotel itself reeks. The staff is rude. To top it off we had feces in our toilet paper dispenser. If I could I would have given zero stars as it barely worth my time to even right this pathetic review of this horrible hotel. I wouldn't recommend my dog to stay in this mess. Trust me when I say that it would be better and more sanitary to sleep in your vehicle. It is not worth the cheap price. Stay far away.

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    It was a lot better last year it is not worth the price

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    We were there just for a nightly stay. We enjoyed the huge pool. The Spa was nice and warm. They have Pool side rooms which is great to know. We will definitely stay on their poolside for the convenience it would be with my 2 young kids. Overall experience was great. The breakfast was good for the price we had paid. Waffles, bagels, pastires and lot more. I think we could ask for more.
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    Disgusting!!! I have never stayed at a hotel that was in worse shape. Upon arrivng and seeing the dated decor I knew I was in for something "special". The front desk clerk could careless that you're there and the manager barely acknowledged my presence. Now...THE ROOM...there were bugs flying around the room, spider webs and spiders in the corners, the carpet had stains all over, and there were dirty clothes from past guests under the bed!! The explantion for the uncleanliness was that no one has stayed in the room for a while. SO, if no one stays...Read More

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    This hotel is beyond mismanaged, outdated & filthy! The smell walking into the lobby was like walking into a damp, wet basement. Our room smelled like a dirty ashtray then add ants in the beds and the countertop. As the parents of the bride, it was beyond embarrassing to have invited our guests then have to continually hear the horror stories about their rooms. Many went out to buy febreze and clean sheets!! When mgt was contacted, they offered to come into rooms to spray or put powder down for the ants which was not an option with families...Read More

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Disgusting!!! I have never stayed at a hotel that was in worse shape. Upon arrivng and seeing the dated decor I knew I was in for something "special". The front desk clerk could careless that you're there and the manager barely acknowledged my presence. Now...THE ROOM...there were bugs flying around the room, spider webs and spiders in the corners, the carpet had stains all over, and there were dirty clothes from past guests under the bed!! The explantion for the uncleanliness was that no one has stayed in the room for a while. SO, if no one stays in the room they don't do a dust through or change the sheets! Needless to say we all slept horribly as it was uncomfortable not knwoing whether the bed you were lying in had been cleaned. Please do yourself a favor and stay somewhere else!!!

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This hotel is beyond mismanaged, outdated & filthy! The smell walking into the lobby was like walking into a damp, wet basement. Our room smelled like a dirty ashtray then add ants in the beds and the countertop. As the parents of the bride, it was beyond embarrassing to have invited our guests then have to continually hear the horror stories about their rooms. Many went out to buy febreze and clean sheets!! When mgt was contacted, they offered to come into rooms to spray or put powder down for the ants which was not an option with families & babies continuing to stay in these rooms. My husband was told that since we were on the main floor we should expect to have ants and red beetles! Seriously??? This is a problem that was obviously known by housekeeping but not addressed BEFORE guests arrived!!! We had to continually get new keys when the ones they were given quit working and we were over-charged for rooms as well. So disappointing! The Better Business Bureau has been contacted!

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