Bearskin - Hiawatha State Trail - Oneida County, WI

Bearskin - Hiawatha State Trail - Oneida County, WI

Two trails on a former rail bed between Minocqua and Tomahawk; designated a National Recreation Trail offering sights that include rolling hills, streams, and lakes.

The Bearskin runs 18.3 miles south from Minocqua; the Hiawatha runs north from Tomahawk 6 miles. The trail winds through thick hardwood and pine forests, near several lakes and follows the winding course of the Bearskin Creek, which is home to our native trout species.

The Bearskin-Hiawatha State Trail uses a former railroad right-of-way as the trail. The Bearskin Trail starts in Minocqua and travels south 18.3 miles to CTH K. The Hiawatha State Trail starts in Tomahawk and travels about 5.7 miles north, crossing USH 8 to a non-improved segment. The missing section of trail lies between USH 51 (Bearskin Trail) and the Oneida County line (Hiawatha Trail).

Hike, touring bike, snowmobile. Whether you start in Minocqua or Tomahawk, your ride begins with a long scenic lake trestle crossing. You may catch sight of a stately great blue heron standing among the lily pads, or a flight of wood ducks landing among the reeds. The route winds through oak, maple and evergreen forests- which are home to eagles, osprey, deer, raccoons and other wildlife.

Wisconsin's Rustic Road 58 intersects with the Bearskin-Hiawatha State Trail in Oneida County. Nearly 10 miles of scenic, paved roadway is enjoyed by both auto and bike travelers.

The Northern Highland—American Legion (NH-AL) State Forest is nearby and offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities, including camping, hiking, bicycling, snowmobiling, canoeing, bird watching, fishing and hunting. The following map of NH-AL forest has an inset of the Bearskin trail.

Bearskin-Hiawatha State Trail Private Campgrounds and Camping Reservations

Oneida County Trail Reports

Bearskin-Hiawatha State Trail in the City of Merrill - Oneida County (Northeast WI)

Bearskin - Hiawatha State Trail - Vilas County


Bearskin State Trail
N1895 Council Grounds Dr.
Merrill, WI 54452
United States
(715) 536-8773, 715-453-1263, (715) 385-2727
Location: 518 W. Somo Avenue, Tomahawk, WI 54487
Location: 4125 County Trunk M, Boulder Jct., WI 54512

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