Length: 2.1 miles
Surface: Crushed granite and sidewalks
Activities: Hiking, jogging, biking, pets Parking:
Whiting Park or end of Cedar Street (east)Stevens Point Care Center on Sherman Ave.
Spans from the edge of Upper Whiting Park (west) at the
Plover River bridge to the Stevens Point Care Center parking lot
(west) on Sherman Ave. The trail meanders through Village of Whiting
and paper mill woodlands following the Plover River flowage to its
confluence with the Wisconsin River. The path features excellent bird
watching, a historic stone pumping house, views of the Whiting paper
mill, and boardwalks over wetlands.
Watching The Paper Mill Trail crosses the Plover River
flowage over an arching pedestrian bridge, which is a hotspot for bird
watching along the trail. Waterfowl can be seen year-round on the
river. Ospreys nest annually on a platform above the bridge. Songbirds flitter through the shrubs on both sides of the trail.
The Legacy of Paper Mills Along Whiting Road, you will also see the old Wisconsin River Pulp
and Paper Company (most recently NewPage), established by
George A. Whiting in 1891. Whiting was one of the early pioneers who took a
chance that the brownish water of the Wisconsin River could work for
papermaking. The gamble paid off! The mill was open for nearly 120
years before shutting down in 2011.
Paper Company (now Neenah Paper) was built at the confluence of the
Plover and Wisconsin Rivers also by George A. Whiting and Emmons Burr in
1892. The brown water of the Wisconsin River limited the type of
paper that could be made. In 1912, a spring was found near the mill,
which had crystal clear water that could be used for fine paper
making. The Paper Company constructed a beautiful stone "spring house" to collect the pure water
and pump it to the plant. The Green Circle now travels
past this historic building.
Park and Whiting Park Walking Trail The trail provides access to Upper Whiting Park
(Village of Whiting). Follow the
Whiting Park Walking Trail (at
the eastern end of the Paper Mill Trail) for close-up views of the
Plover River, Indian Mounds, picnic tables, and an educational
shelter. Lower Whiting Park features a baseball diamond, boat
launch, and playground equipment.