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Rustic Road 89 winds south from Menomonie through the bluffs of the Red Cedar River. R-89 parallels the Red Cedar Bike Trail, once a railroad bed, now a popular recreation trail. Halfway along the route is Devil's Punch Bowl - a miniature canyon with a small waterfall created by the last glacier 12,000 years ago - now a 2.9-acre scientific area.

Just east of Red Cedar River is two notable historic sights. Downsville, home of the Empire in Pine Lumber Museum where visitors can tour a historic stone structure depicting the rich logging history of Red Cedar Valley. Exhibit includes the blacksmith shop, muzzle-loading bunks, 1865 post office, and the village jail. There is a small admission fee. Eight miles south of Menomonie is the home of Caroline Augusta, who became "Caddie Woodlawn" in a 1935 Newberry Award-winning children's book written by her granddaughter, Carol Ryrie Brink. Admission is free.

Elevation: 950 Feet

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Distance: 5.3 Miles

Difficulty: Easy

Directions: From Menomonie, WI, Travel west on Hwy. 29 to Hofland Road. The scenic drive heads south encompassing portions of Hofland Road, 410th Street/Paradise Road and 420th Street between County P and 370th Avenue, the town line road.

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Red Cedar State Trail

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Telephone Number: (715) 232-1242
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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