Fostering the Development and Preservation of Trails and Greenways in the Greater Fox Cities Region!
On Saturday June 3rd, in honor of the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, Fox Cities Greenways will officially open the Fox Cities Paper Trail. The Paper Trail is an approximately 50-mile circle route through 11 communities in the Fox Valley connecting 20 parks. The Board of Directors of Fox Cities Greenways was inspired to create the trail in 1995 after hearing a presentation by Dr. Dan Trainor (one of the developers of the Green Circle Trail in Stevens Point). The initial research and trail design was the master’s thesis of one of the board members of Greenways, Linda Stoll.
The purpose of the Fox Cities Paper Trail is to:
• Link parks in the area to connect our public green spaces
• Provide communities with a frame in which to construct and link trails
• Provide a unique recreational opportunity for residents and visitors
• Add to the desirability of living in the Fox Cities
Over the years, Fox Cities Greenways has worked with communities to expand what was only two local trails into a regional network that makes it possible to connect the dots. Although some intersections, streets, and pathways still need to be redone to make them safer for bikes, reconstruction is in municipal plans.
Greenways would like to thank all the communities and people that have helped them over the years to make this happen. It is our hope that this trail will become an “Emerald Necklace” that is part of what makes the Fox Cities a special place to live and visit.