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 April 26, 2018)

With the snow finally melting, the trail surface is currently very soft and susceptible to erosion. PLEASE AVOID RIDING YOUR BIKE ON THE TRAIL DURING THE SPRING THAW. Tire ruts channel water and can lead to long-term and costly trail damage. Ride on pavement or gravel roads for a few more weeks while the trail dries out.

Announcements

April 26, 2018:

Schmeeckle Reserve's spring 2018 Candlelight Hike Festival will be held on Friday, May 4th from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. The theme this year is "May the Forest Be With You." Walk portions of the Green Circle Trail lit by torches, watch character programs put on by UW-Stevens Point students, and participate in Jedi training stations. More information is available at: https://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/schmeeckle/Pages/programs/candlelight.aspx


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26th of April 2018 02:32 PM Link
Spring seems to finally have arrived in Stevens Point! While everyone is itching to get out on the trail, please keep in mind that the trail surface is currently very soft and susceptible to erosion. PLEASE AVOID RIDING YOUR BIKE ON THE TRAIL DURING THE SPRING THAW. Tire ruts channel water and can lead to long-term and costly trail damage. Ride on pavement or gravel roads for a few more weeks while the trail dries out. Thank you for helping to protect your Green Circle!
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25th of April 2018 04:50 AM Link
Ducks, mergansers, even loons are among waterfowl seen this week on the Wisconsin River along the Riverfront Trail.
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25th of April 2018 04:43 AM Link
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8th of April 2018 09:19 PM Link
As long as April keeps foolin' us, we might as well enjoy a snowy hike. This is along the River Pines trail.
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4th of April 2018 02:24 PM Link
Who says that winter fun has to be over? Come enjoy the 10+ inches of April snow we got yesterday on the Green Circle!
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3rd of April 2018 02:08 AM Link
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26th of February 2018 03:14 AM Link
Hiking on the Paper Mill Trail near the Village of Whiting kiosk.
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21st of February 2018 02:20 PM Link
Now available - three new colors of Green Circle Trail water bottles! They have an easy pull top and fit in a bicycle bottle cage. Pick one up in the Browse Shop at the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center for just $3.95 each.
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31st of January 2018 02:40 PM Link
Starting today, a short section of the Green Circle in the Village of Whiting that parallels Babcock St. will be permanently closed. The new connector route follows the sidewalk on Whiting Rd. Direction signs have been posted. See the map below for details.

This is the first phase of an exciting project that will reroute about 1.2 miles of the Green Circle from a sidewalk to a scenic corridor along the Wisconsin River on the former Whiting Paper Mill land (west side of Whiting Rd). We hope to have the new route completed by Fall of 2018.

The property along Babcock St. has been purchased by a private developer. Please respect the rights of the landowner and follow all posted signs.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to improve the trail and make it a truly "Green" Circle.
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15th of January 2018 09:14 PM Link
Winter is a perfect time to explore the Green Circle! Two parts of the trail offer groomed cross-country ski tracks. For ski trail conditions on the Plover River Trails (Highway 66), contact Portage County Parks at 715-346-1433. For information on the trails at Iverson Park, contact Stevens Point Parks at 715-346-1531. Except for these groomed sections, the rest of the trail is open for winter hiking, snowshoeing, and fat-tire biking. Enjoy the new snow!
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