The Chippewa River State Trail cuts right through Eau Claire, connecting to campus by Haas Fine Arts and the foot- bridge. It stretches toward Owen Park, or behind Water Street. Take the Owen Park direction for a more urban, city bike ride that takes you through neighborhoods and past shops and old factories. Take the route down Water Street to get out of town fast and into some gorgeous terrain along the Chippewa River.
Every year, cyclists from around the area gather in Eau Claire for a race that doesn’t take place on trails or a track, but on the live streets of the city. The scavenger hunt style trek takes you all over, picking up clues at checkpoints and finding your own way to the finish line. Check out more details at ValleyCat.org.
Many trails around the Chippewa Valley are the re- sult of the Rails To Trails program, which converts unused rail tracks into multipurpose trails.