The Green Circle is a 27-mile scenic hiking and biking trail that loops through the Stevens Point area and connects with overĀ 45 miles of additional trails. It winds through forests and parks, over wetlands, and along rivers, recalling the days of huge pineries, pioneer settlements, and the lore of the Wisconsin and Plover Rivers.

Current Trail Conditions

(Updated August 18, 2017)

All trails are open and in good condition. Continue to be alert for soft areas and branches that may have come down since the June storm.

Announcements

August 18, 2017:

A section of Green Circle trail will be closed in the Village of Whiting, Mondays-Thursdays from August 21 to September 7 for utility work. Please follow signs along Tommy's Turnpike to detour this section. Note, the trail will remain open on the weekends.


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18th of August 2017 01:49 PM Link
A section of Green Circle trail will be closed in the Village of Whiting, Mondays-Thursdays from August 21 to September 7 for utility work. Please follow signs along Tommy's Turnpike to detour this section. Note, the trail will remain open on the weekends. See the map below for more details.
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17th of August 2017 12:30 AM Link
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2nd of August 2017 06:21 PM Link
If you have plans to park at the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center next Monday or Tuesday before setting out on the Green Circle Trail, please note that the parking lot will be closed for resurfacing. Parking instead will be allowed along North Point Drive.

The Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center parking lot and the asphalt trail between the parking lot and the visitor center will be closed Aug. 7-8 for maintenance and resurfacing. The Green Circle Trail will remain open through Schmeeckle Reserve during this project.

Barricades and signs will be placed at the parking lot entrance on North Point Drive. Parking will be available along North Point Drive during this project. Visitors can enter on foot or bike through the Visitor Center Service Drive indicated on the attached map. Signs will direct you to trail system and to the deck entrance for access to the Visitor Center.

Rain next Monday or Tuesday may delay this project into Wednesday.

Thank you for your patience during this project.
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26th of July 2017 09:26 PM Link
From July 31 to August 25, a contractor will be lining the city sanitary sewers that run under the Granite Parkway Trail in Schmeeckle Reserve. The North Point Drive entrance to the Granite Parkway will be closed for the duration of the project.

The Green Circle Trail (University Section) through Schmeeckle will remain open; a ramp is being installed to provide safe travel through the worksite. However, the pet route along North Point Drive will be detoured to the intersection with Michigan Ave. See the attached map for details.

Please be safe and follow all posted signs. If you have any questions, contact Schmeeckle Reserve at 715-346-4992.
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9th of July 2017 12:00 PM Link
Just a few wild things along the Green Circle in early July.
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25th of June 2017 01:10 AM Link
A beautiful day for riding the Green Circle! Here's a quick trail update. Use caution when biking down the steeper hills on the Paper Mill Trail and the Plover River Trail; the surface is very soft in some areas that were repaired and can unexpectedly catch a bike tire. Also, use caution on the Stagecoach Trail along Old Wausau Road; the road was recently resurfaced and pea gravel accumulating along the sides have created a hazardous condition. The Iverson Park Trail near the railroad bridge still has a few washouts, and some sections of the trail have sandy spots. Finally, most of the Green Circle still has twigs and other small debris from the storm that may be slippery. If you see other hazards on the trail, please let us know. Stay safe!
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16th of June 2017 11:33 PM Link
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16th of June 2017 10:39 PM
TRAIL UPDATE: Trees and limbs have been cleared from all sections of the Green Circle. Please use extra caution as smaller branches, debris and washouts remain. Our thanks to Portage County Parks, Stevens Point Parks and Schmeeckle Reserve crews for tree removal and continued repairs!
16th of June 2017 08:06 PM Link
Storm debris continues to be common on much of the Green Circle. Even slight hills are washed out or have deep gullies that can catch bike tires. The River Pines segment remains impassable. Iverson to Plover River Park is open, and Schmeeckle Reserve trails will open this afternoon. Please use extreme caution, stay on main trails and respect barriers.
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13th of June 2017 10:03 PM Link
Trees are down at Schmeeckle and portions of the Green Circle Trail. Portage County Parks staff are working on repairs and tree removal on the Green Circle. Please use caution and avoid areas that wash out near the Wisconsin and Plover rivers.
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