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Wild Goose State Trail, WI

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Distance One Way 34.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 787 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Accumulated Gain 400 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 36.13
Interest Perennial Creek
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15  2019-08-01 kingsnake
Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 83
Routes 181
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Trips 634 ( 5,874 miles )
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Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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by kingsnake

Wild Goose State Trail is a 38.4 mile long rail trail that runs from Fond du Lac southwest past the world famous birding spot at Horicon Marsh, to the tiny hamlet of Clyman Junction, just south of Juneau, in Dodge County. As a rail trail, it's meant more for joggers, dog walkers and bikers. However, a hiker can enjoy the flowers & farmland. (Or, in Horicon Marsh, the many species of birds.)


There is a separate, but adjacent, horse trail between Pautsch Rd. (MP 19.5) and Clyman Junction (MP 38.4). Otherwise, horses are not allowed on the main Wild Goose State Trail.

Snowmobiles, ATVs and UTVs are allowed on the main Wild Goose State Trail in winter. (X-country skiers are allowed on the main & horse trails in winter.)

The trail is nearly flat, though it very gradually climbs from Fond du Lac ("end of lake") south to Clyman Junction. The surface is compacted limestone.

There are many possible access points to the Wild Goose State Trail, including legal roadside parking on some county highways, but official access points are:
  • Fond du Lac at the Kwik Trip truck stop on Hickory St. (MP 0.2) and on Rolling Meadows Dr. (MP 0.5).

  • Oakfield, at the village park on 2nd St.(MP 6.3) or the trailhead on Elm St. (MP 6.6).

  • US-49, on the north side (MP 13.7), right across from Horicon Marsh (which has more trails and parking areas).

  • Burnett, at Fireman's Park (MP 23.1), a ¼-mile west of the trail.

  • Minnesota Junction (MP 26.7).

  • Dodge County Airport (MP 28.3).

  • Juneau, at Wild Goose Park (MP 29.6).

  • WI-60 in Clyman Junction (MP 38.4).

Official Dodge County trail map

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2019-08-09 kingsnake

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    The Wild Goose State Trail is 38.4 miles long, with multiple official trailheads, and roadside parking often legal. So, how you get to any access point varies. However, to get to mile 0.0 from Milwaukee or Green Bay, follow these directions:
    From I-41, take exit 97 onto Hickory St. Pull into the Kwik Trip truck stop that's RIGHT THERE, on the north side of the freeway. In the back lot is an official trail sign access point. MP 0.0 is actually 250 yds. north, on Pioneer Rd. The trail itself heads south.
    page created by kingsnake on Aug 09 2019 1:19 pm
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