The City of Menasha is home to recreational and pedestrian trails navigating through the City Limits, compiling approximately 8 miles for year-round enjoyment.
Trails of the Fox Cities
The cities of Appleton, Menasha, Neenah and Kaukauna; the town of Menasha, Greenville, Clayton and Grand Chute; Outagamie County; and the Fox Cities Greenways, Inc. have worked together to provide an extensive network of trails throughout the Fox Cities, with other trail segments yet to be completed. These trails offer a variety of different recreational opportunities and connections to the various communities. Many of the trails noted on the map are paved off-road trails, offering the opportunity to walk, bicycle and skate on hard surface trails. Some segments are sidewalks along local streets that provide connections to the paved, off-road trails. Other segments noted on the map are on-street routes that offer connections to other trails are recreational facilities.
Trail Parking – can be found near the Trestle Trail on Broad St., at Jefferson Park on 3rd St. or at Heckrodt Wetland Preserve on Plank Rd.
The Friendship State Trail travels east to west through Menasha from the Trestle Trail on the western boundary to Lake Park Rd. on the eastern edge. This on-road and off-road trail passes through the heart of Menasha connecting you to downtown Menasha, Jefferson Park and Heckrodt Wetland Reserve through woodland, scenic farmland, and parkland. From the east, the trail begins by paralleling Plank Road/State Route 114 but turns south at the edge of the Heckrodt Wetland Reserve. Along the Lake Winnebago waterfront, the paved pathway runs through Jefferson Park, which features ball fields, picnic pavilions, open space and a public pool. Then you traverse through the Jefferson Park and Downtown neighborhoods as you head to the west to connect with the Trestle.
The Friendship State Trail will eventually run between Stevens Point and Manitowoc in eastern Wisconsin.
Loop the Little Lake
Trail Parking – can be found near the Trestle Trail on Broad St. or at Shepard Park on Fox/Mathewson St.
Loop the Little Lake, often referred to as the “Loop,” is a 3.5 mile route that links three (3) communities (Village of Fox Crossing, City of Menasha and City of Neenah) while creating connections for bicycle commuting/recreation and pedestrian recreation with scenic vistas and access to Little Lake Butte des Morts. The route combines off-road bike/pedestrian trails, FOUR (4) trestles of various lengths and on-road bike lanes / sidewalk sections. Along the way, visitors will experience four (4) developed parks with restrooms and 1 undeveloped park.
Each trestle crossing is unique. Crossing the lighted Fox Cities Trestle (approx. 1,600’) provides views of the entire lake including the 441 bridge, paper mills, open space, and residential development along the shores; the Slough Trestle (approx. 150’) allows for views of native shoreline with blue herons, egrets, osprey, and a slow moving body of water that is influenced by the lake level; the Neenah Trestle (approx. 740’) sits in the shadows of the Plexus World Headquarters building with views of Downtown Neenah and undeveloped Arrowhead Park; coming full circle, visitors will encounter the Menasha Trestle (approx. 725’) with views of James Island, the Fox Cities Trestle bird life, sunsets and rushing water under the trestle.
Map of Loop the Little Lake
Trail Parking – can be found at Smith Park on Park Ave. on Doty Island, Jefferson Park on 3rd St. or Heckrodt Wetland Reserve on Plank Rd.
The Paper Trail is approximately 50 miles and circles through 11 communities and 20 area parks throughout the Fox Cities region. The purpose of the Paper Trail is to link parks in the area to create an “emerald necklace” of our special green spaces, circle the Fox Cities and provide communities with a frame in which to construct and link trails. The Paper Trail has been an on-going project of Fox Cities Greenways and links Grand Chute, Appleton, Little Chute, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Buchanan, Harrison, Menasha, Neenah, Town of Neenah and Fox Crossing. In some communities, some segments are on streets or along County highways that are not marked with a bike lane.
Map of the Paper Trail
Be sure to check out our trails in the winter too! Cross Country Ski Trail Information