Bearskin - Hiawatha State Trail - Vilas County

Bearskin - Hiawatha State Trail - Vilas County

Two trails on a former rail bed between Minocqua and Tomahawk. The Bearskin runs 18.3 miles south from Minocqua; the Hiawatha runs north from Tomahawk 6 miles.

The southern trailhead is near the intersection of County Highway K and State Highway 51 in Oneida County. Hike, touring bike, snowmobile. Two rail trails total 25 miles: Hiawatha Trail runs 6 miles north from Tomahawk, Bearskin Trail 18 miles from County Road K to Minocqua. The trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail offering sights that include rolling hills, streams, and lakes. Several lakes are accessible from the trail.

The route winds through oak, maple and evergreen forests- which are home to eagles, osprey, deer, raccoons and other wildlife. 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.

Excellent city parks at each trail head make the trip even more fun for kids. Torpey Park in Minocqua and Sara Lake Park in Tomahawk both have playgrounds and sandy swimming beaches.

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.

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

Bearskin - Hiawatha State Trail - Oneida County


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

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