Friends of Gandy Dancer State Trail

A nonprofit organization

$1,195 raised by 28 donors

40% complete

$3,000 Goal


Friends of Gandy Dancer State Trail's mission is to promote, maintain and enhance the Gandy Dancer trail for active transportation. This year, youth involvement is at the heart of our work.

Our goal for giveBIG 2022 is to raise $3000. Like all non-profits, Friends of Gandy relies on a passionate board of directors to lead the organization. The Friends recently added TWO YOUTH AMBASSADORS to serve on the board. Look out world - our organization has a limitless source of new energy!

It's been fascinating to learn what youth want in regards to outdoor recreation, health, and wellness. Youth are interested in being in nature but don't always have the means or permissions to explore. In a world where nature is becoming more fragmented, we are fortunate to have a pedestrian friendly travel corridor free from distracted drivers and motorized vehicles. 

Our youth ambassadors, Anika and Abby, will be sharing specifics in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned!

Your donation will support our ambassador's year of programming. Any additional funds raised will go towards the Friends mission. The Friends appreciate the opportunity to fundraise thru giveBIGscv and also rely on annual memberships, grants, business sponsors and trail pass sales to keep the Gandy Dancer in great shape for hiking, biking, geocaching, bird watching and wild life viewing. If you appreciate the great outdoors, you'll appreciate our work. Thank you for considering a donation.

About the Gandy Dancer State Trail
The Gandy Dancer connects the communities of St. Croix Falls, Centuria, Milltown, Luck, Frederic, Lewis, Siren, Webster and Danbury. Constructed on a former railroad corridor, the 47 mile trail is generally level and wheelchair accessible. The surface is hard crushed limestone. There are over 340 geocaches along the trail between St. Croix Falls and Danbury. The trail is open to pedestrian use Spring thru Fall and is motorized in winter.

For more information about the Gandy Dancer and the Friends Group please visit: or keep reading!

We are dedicated to your health & wellness by:

  • Improving the quality of life for residents & visitors of all ages and abilities
  • Offering a safe means of outdoor activity away from motorized activity
  • Providing a wide variety of recreational opportunities and events
  • Promoting local businesses and healthy tourism industry

Trails and open spaces need people like you to protect and promote them. 

If you hike, bicycle, live adjacent to or frequent the trail… if you enjoy the nature programs with bird, plant and wildlife experts … if you enjoy the trail’s scenic value and rural communities … if you want to support the health benefits that hundreds of school children and people of all ages enjoy … please support the Friends of Gandy Dancer!

Here are a few examples of what we do for the Gandy Dancer State Trail:

  • organize annual clean-ups and regular trail work days 
  • assist our partners with removal of storm debris and general trail maintenance
  • plan, promote and sponsor events
  • provide area youth with fun, educational trail activities (i.e. Gandy BINGO)
  • raise money to purchase trail head fixtures such as interpretive displays, kiosks, bike racks, educational markers and shelter
  • secure grants and do good in our communities

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Friends of Gandy Dancer State Trail

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