Loop the Lake
- Distance 3.5 mile route that connects the Village of Fox Crossing, the City of Menasha and the City of Neenah
- Surface Ground: paved
- Bathrooms: yes (see below)
- Parking: Fritse Park, Herb & Dolly Smith Park, Arrowhead Park
- More Park Info: www.foxcrossingwi.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/trails/loop-the-little-lake
- Fritse Park, Fox Crossing (GVK Park Review):
parking, restrooms, playground, bike repair station
- Herb & Dolly Smith Park, Neenah:
parking, pavilion, restrooms
- Arrowhead Park, Neenah:
parking, bike repair station, undeveloped
- Cook Park, Neenah:
- Shepard Park, Menasha:
restrooms, covered pavilion, bike repair stations
Parks Along the Trail
I know at the beginning of the summer, some people asked me to talk about good places to walk, that were paved and dog friendly. Loop the Little Lake is the perfect spot for this! Not only does it have clean, paved paths that are dog friendly, but it has gorgeous views as well.
Loop the Little Lake is a 4 mile loop that goes around Little Lake Butte des Morts. You go through Doty Island, Fox Crossings, Neenah, and Menasha. I feel like the “Loop” is such a beautiful celebration for the community in the Fox Cities! It links community and nature, in a safe and family friendly way!
As you cross the 4 bridges, you get a fun view of Downtown Neenah and Menasha Lock. One of my family’s favorite parts was the bridge that ran parallel to a railroad track. We were lucky and a train came through while we were on the bridge!
There are bathrooms along the way, located at Fritse Park and Cook Park. There are 2 bike repair stops along the Loop as well, just in case of emergency. There are also a number of covered pavilions to stop, rest, and take in the scenic views. The Loop would also be a wonderful spot to fish!
Cook Park, Neenah
- Address: 425 N Water St, Neenah, Wisconsin
- Surface Ground: mulch
- Bathrooms: yes
- Special / Unique Features: along the Loop the Little Lake
- More Park Info: www.ci.neenah.wi.us/departments/parks-recreation/parks-trails/cook-park
We stumbled on Cook Park while walking Loop the Little Lake. This is a very fun neighborhood park. It has swings for all ages. I love parks that have equipment for all ages, and this park delivers. It has a toddler size playset and a “big kid” playset. Both are in clear view of the other, so if you go with children of different ages, you will be able to keep an eye on both. The larger playset has all the usual components, with some extra fun things like an invisible slide and chain bridge. There is also a gigantic caterpillar to climb on, which I haven’t ever seen before! There are also bathrooms and park benches.
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