In Wisconsin there are 41 State Trails open to the public, that cover more than 1,700 miles. Fourteen of these trails are managed by the WI DNR and 25 are managed by county partners. Brown County is one of these county partners that manages the below listed trails.
Bicyclists, in-line skaters, roller skiers, skateboarders and horseback riders age 16 and over are required to purchase a Trail Pass when using this trail. There is no fee for walking on the trail. Fees collected go into a segregated account and are used for maintenance and operation of the trail. Trail users under the age of 16 do not need a Trail Pass. Daily and annual passes can be purchased online and also at the trailheads. Annual passes can be purchased in person at our State Trail Pass Vendors.
The Fox River Trail is paved from the Trailhead to Lasee Road in De Pere. From Lasee Road south to the Brown County Line the trail is surfaced with very fine limestone or similar materials and is not designed for high speed travel. Bicyclists should be alert on the unpaved section of the trail as it can become soft and wet, can erode quickly during heavy rains and is subject to animal damage.
Trail users should be aware that trail rules and permitted uses may be different for sections of the Fox River Trail. Watch for postings along the trail, or contact the Parks Office for additional information. The following rules apply on the Fox River Trail:
- Trail Hours: 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Horses are permitted only on the trail as posted from Klaus Street in Greenleaf south to the Brown County line.
The Mountain-Bay Trail is surfaced with a compacted crushed limestone material. Bicyclists should be alert during inclement weather, as the trail surface can become soft and wet and erode quickly during heavy rains and is subject to animal damage. Use caution around the sides of the trail as extremely STEEP slopes are present.
The Mountain-Bay Trail travels through 3 counties and trail rules and permitted uses may be different for various sections of the trail. Watch for postings along the trail or contact the respective County Offices for additional information. The following rules apply on the Brown County section of the Mountain-Bay Trail:
- Horses are not permitted on the Brown County portion of the Mountain-Bay Trail.
- Trail Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
State Trail General Information & Rules
- Trail Safety
- Treat all trail users with respect and courtesy regardless of their sport, speed or skill level.
- Wear bright clothing by day. Helmets are strongly recommended for bikes, skateboards, roller blades and equine riders.
- Travel at safe speeds. We do not recommend you use the trail for large group rides or high speed training.
- Keep your bike under full control at all times.
- Slow down and use voice or bell to warn others as you pass.
- Be considerate of other users coming your way. Keep right and allow room for oncoming traffic to pass.
- Keep at least two bike lengths between riders.
- General Rules:
- All motorized vehicles including, all-terrain vehicles are not allowed.
- E-bikes are allowed long as they are equipped with fully operative pedals for propulsion by human power and observe a 15 mile per hour speed limit.
- E-Scooters are those scooters having two in-line wheels and requires the user to balance on the scooter are not allowed.
- Dogs are allowed on the trail and must be leashed and under control at all times. Leashes cannot exceed five (5) feet.
- Owners are responsible for cleaning up their pet’s waste and must have a waste pick-up device or bag with them when using all Brown County Parks.
- Respect adjoining property - please remain on the trail tread at all times. Do not access trail through private property.
- Hunting is not permitted on any portion of trail corridor.
- Camping is not permitted within the trail corridor.
- Parking is available at designated access points.
- Please report violations to the Brown County Sheriff’s Department at (920) 391-7450 anytime or to the Brown County Parks Department Office at (920) 448-6242 during regular business hours.
- Trail Etiquette:
- Trail users should keep right - please remain in your lane of travel and be courteous to other trail users.
- Pass slower traffic on their left; yield to oncoming traffic when passing.
- Bicyclists must call out or use bell to give a clear warning signal before passing.
- Please keep your trails clean and carry out your garbage and recyclables!