Focus on Friends – Friends of the Mountain Bay Trail

This is the website of the Friends of the Mountain Bay State Trail.   Mountain Bay TrailOnly through the support of many people across north-central Wisconsin can the Mountain-Bay Trail be maintained as an outstanding resource for all. Becoming a Friend of the Mountain-Bay Trail is a great way to make an important contribution, meet people with similar interests and have a great time doing it.   Much of the work that the Friends group does  would not happen without the involvement of private individuals.  
The Friends group serves as a stake -holder group with the Bike and Pedestrian sub-committee of the Wausau Metropolitan Planning Organization and works to promote the Mountain-Bay State Trail as part of the over-all bicycle and pedestrian transportation system.   The Friends group was instrumental in establishing the  metropolitan area bike and pedestrian master plan in 2009, http://www.ci.wausau.wi.us/Departments/Planning/Plans/Plans.aspx, and to work in support with Metropolitan Planning Organization with the 2015 plan.
Friends Work on the Trail
Friends may work with trail staff to improve and maintain the trail. Friends may volunteer time to work on scientific and interpretive projects on the trail.
Friends Safeguard the Trails
LocationFriends may work on issues such as preservation or public awareness to help protect this valuable resource.
Friends Support the Trail
Friends raise money through donations, dues, and the sale of merchandise. This money can be used for special projects to enhance the trail.
The Mountain-Bay State Trail is one of the longest rail-trails in Wisconsin. The trail travels for 83 miles between the two geologic features it is named for; Rib Mountain and Green Bay. On the western end, the trail ends in Weston, just east of Wausau. On the eastern end, the trail ends at Howard Memorial Park near the city of Green Bay. There is a short gap in the trail in the city of Shawano near the Wolf River, where local roads are utilized.
The trail is operated and maintained by Marathon, Shawano and Brown counties. The trail passes through several small communities and a wide variety of landscapes including farmlands, forests and wetlands and features numerous bridge crossings over rivers and streams.