at The Local Store, 604 Galloway St, Eau Claire, WI (715) 552-7377

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City Center River Route

8 miles / 40 minutes
(paved bike trail)

S-Bridge over the Eau Claire River

The “S” Bridge over the Eau Claire River facing Banbury Place and Galloway St.

This signature route takes you to many of the highlights of the city accessible exclusively via paved bike trails.

Start through Phoenix Park and venture up to the epic High Bridge over the Chippewa River and overlooking the dam and Cascades paper plant. Then make your way down the trail through the Cannery District past both the Brewing Project and Lazy Monk breweries and take a short tunnel toward and then along Half Moon Lake.

Later you have the option to cross and return on the old rail bridge alongside Clairemont Avenue, and then ride one of the most beautiful stretches of trail along the Chippewa River leading to the Water Street District, UW‑Eau Claire, Owen Park, and the pedestrian-only First Avenue promenade before you cross the Phoenix Park rail bridge back toward The Local Store.

There you have the option to continue a just bit further and cross the iconic S-bridge over the Eau Claire River toward Banbury Place (the old Uniroyal Tire Factory) and down the trail to the finish.

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Mileage & Times

While mileage for these loops and routes are accurate, the time offered is only an estimate. These times reflect a very casual pace of 12mph, assuming the occasional stop or photo opportunity, etc. Of course if you plan to get off your bikes to shop, eat, or sightsee, you’ll need to plan for more time.

Trail Maps

Both printed and digital route maps are available when you check in for your rental.

Trail Navigation App

Download the Ride with GPS App to put these routes on your phone. We’ll provide instructions when you check in.

How do I follow the digital maps while riding?

It can be helpful to put in one earbud so you can hear the direction cues, while keeping the other ear open for your surroundings. When following along visually, please be careful and stop before looking too hard at your map.

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