Gold Star Memorial Trail

Connecting Communities and Remembering Their Sacrifice

The Gold Star Memorial Trail started as a grassroots initiative with a group of Mayville area residents to provide a safe, off-road, non-motorized trail connection between the City of Mayville and the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center. The idea of developing this trail has received so much support from local businesses, organizations, state legislators, municipalities and individual residents that the Gold Star Memorial Trail project has a new goal of connecting Mayville, Horicon and Beaver Dam.

The Trail will promote recreational, economic and tourism development with links to surrounding communities and attractions and will promote healthy lifestyles for residents of Dodge County and visitors to the area. The Gold Star Memorial Trail can be used year-round for running, walking, hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, improving access to healthy lifestyle opportunities for generations to come.

Honoring a request on behalf of Dodge County Gold Star families, the Trail will also serve as a memorial to Wisconsin military service members who have been killed in action. Memorials will be placed along the trail to honor and remember local heros that have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our country. Since 1991, Dodge County has lost 6 service members from communities that will be linked by the Trail.