Timber Trails

Follow The Timber Trails

Audio Tours

Tall stands of timber brought early settlers to the valley of the Chippewa River in the middle of the 19th century. Following treaties with the Ojibwe and Dakota who already lived here, Yankees, Canadians and Europeans poured into the region. As you travel the Chippewa Valley today, you experience the land and the legacy of people who followed the timber trails. The Timber Trails tours help reveal the hidden history that exists throughout the Chippewa Valley. Four main themes define the distinctive character of the Chippewa Valley. These themes appear in each of the Timber Trails tours.

X Eau Claire, Downsville, & Menomonie

Tour : Eau Claire, Downsville, & Menomonie

You'll be surprised how much the landscape can change in just a few miles. Explore river bottoms, prairies, deep ravines, oxbow lakes -- and lots of local history -- on this tour of the city of Eau Claire and southern Dunn County. See old mills, ferry landings, and even the site of a ghost town. There are lots of scenic riverside stops on this tour, too, so plan ahead with a picnic lunch. Or bring a cooler and fish for your dinner at a commercial fish farm along the route! The tour ends in Carson Park, the crown jewel of Eau Claire, where you can stretch your legs or continue your history adventure in the park's two award-winning museums.

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