The Fox River Trail offers a rich variety of scenery as it meanders from downtown Green Bay along the Fox River and passes through the Brown County communities of Allouez, De Pere, Rockland, Wrightstown and Holland. The 25 mile trail has approximately 10 miles of paved surface on the more urban section from the trailhead in downtown Green Bay going south. The southern section is crushed stone and includes designated sections for horseback riding. As the trail surface changes in De Pere, its path veers away from the river passing by light industrial structures and transitioning to rural and agricultural areas on the way to Ott Rd. just north of Hilbert in Calumet County.
Along the Way
The first 3 or 4 miies of trail through Green Bay, Allouez and De Pere often has heavy bike and foot traffic so biking at a leisurely pace is recommended. In De Pere, the trail passes by Voyageur Park which includes a popular fishing area near the De Pere dam. On the other side of the trail near the park is a library branch and one block east on Broadway St. is a commercial area featuring restaurants, bars, and retail stores. Just beyond Voyageur Park is the Claude Allouez Bridge and the De Pere lock and dam. The new Claude Allouez Bridge opened in October 2007. The lock and dam system is one of only a few remaining manually operated systems in the country. Boats enter a chamber on the edge of the dam where the water level is either raised or lowered to allow continued upstream or downstream navigation. After passing under the bridge, on the opposite bank is the over 100 year old historic campus of St. Norbert College, a small private liberal arts college known for academic excellence.
Alternate North Route
The trail officially starts near the corner of Adams and Porlier Streets in Green Bay and proceeds south, however, from the starting point, the trail actually continues north towards downtown Green Bay. The trail transitions into a riverfront walkway as it goes under the Mason Street bridge then continues for several blocks passing under both the Walnut and Main Street bridges and continues to the confluence of the Fox and East Rivers. With a little maneuvering through city streets, a bike rider could proceed all the way to Bay Beach Amusement Park, the Wildlife Sanctuary and the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (UWGB). An even more ambitious rider could continue past UWGB along Nicolet Dr. for a loop of over 20 miles without stopping. Nicolet Dr. east of the university has bike paths and offers great views of the bay.
Who’s in charge
The Fox River State Recreational Trail is part of the Wisconsin state park system which is overseen by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR delegates day-to-day operational management of the trail to Brown County. Within Brown County the Parks Department manages trail operations. This website is an independent informational resource and has no connection to trail oversight or management.