New routes added to the Green Circle Trail

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STEVENS POINT, Wis (WSAW) -- On Saturday, nearly 300 walkers and cyclist were able to explore the new routes added to the Green Circle Trail in Portage County. Participants were able to choose between a four or five-mile walking option on the new trails.

“It’s a beautiful day and it’s a holiday weekend,” explained Bev Laska, who serves on the Board for the Green Circle. “This is a wonderful asset to the Portage County Area. It’s like being in the country while living in the city.”

The popular Green Circle Trail is one of the largest in the state that is 27 miles long.

“The Green Circle Trail goes around the metro area of Stevens Point. We try to get as much green space as possible so people don’t have to be on residential roads.” Stated Jim Canales, President of the Green Circle Board of Directors.

One of the new additions to the trail includes the Green Circle Paper Mill Trail Reroute which is along the Wisconsin River. This path is nearly one mile long and provides great views of ridges and wetlands of the Wisconsin River.

The other addition known as the Schrader Connection Trail follows a former Canadian National Railroad spur for roughly 1.7 miles between the City of Stevens Point and the Village of Whiting. It was named after the Stevens Point Parks Director, Tom Schrader, who is retiring after 35-years of service.

“I’ve seen so many strollers and families out here today,” added Meryl Lee Nelson, who walked the trail for the first time with a group of friends. “I plan to do this again. You can bring your bike and do the entire 27 miles or pick a trail and walk a couple of miles a day.”

The trails are open year-round and are dog-friendly. Use of any motor vehicles is prohibited on the trails.

For more information about the Green Circle Trail routes, you can visit www.greencircletrail.org.