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Best Hiking/Biking Trail

1st Place: Chippewa River State Trail
2nd Place: Lowes Creek County Park
3rd Place: Eau Claire River Route

Only two votes separated the first- and second-place winners this year! The Chippewa River State Trail passes several Eau Claire highlights and heads out of town, eventually meeting up with the Red Cedar Trail south of Downsville. Lowes Creek County Park has multiple weaving paths designed specifically for biking (with cool rocky ramp features). Hikers will find plenty of options as well, including peeks here and there of Lowes Creek itself. The Eau Claire River Route heads from downtown to the footbridge near Boyd Park. Don’t overlook the heavily wooded trail hidden below Eau Claire’s Eastside Hill neighborhood, all the way to Archery Park. —Rob Reid


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