Here’s our top 5 picks for the best trails to hike, bike and enjoy nature when you are visiting the Minocqua, Wisconsin area:
5. Raven Trails
Mountain Biking-Nature Trails
Loops of 1.5, 2.5, 3.5 and 5 miles
Woodruff Rd – Minocqua, WI 54548
Toll Free: 800-446-6784
4. Fern Ridge Trail
2008 Highway 155 – St. Germain, WI 54558
This trail has peaceful views of nature in a secluded forest setting. A great trail for new hikers, park benches are provided along the trail so you can rest and enjoy the scenery. The trail is somewhat rugged but mainly level and a great place to enjoy a variety of wildflowers and wildlife. Late season mushrooms can be found here also.
3. Fallison Lake Nature Trails
Hiking/Nature trails with some rolling hills.
Located 2.3 miles east of Highway M on Highway N.
A 2.5-mile loop trail rolls through a mixed coniferous/deciduous forest with balsam fir, hemlock, red pine, white pine, sugar maple, white birch, and aspen. The longest loop goes all the way around the 50-acre Lake. Boardwalks take the trail over bogs and there is a nature center nearby.
There are many benches along the trail that offer views of the lake and halfway around the loop there are picnic tables and a water pump, perfect for taking a break for a picnic lunch. If you want a longer hike, the extension loop takes you around an open bog.
2. Almon Park Trails & Disc Golf Course
Hiking–No bikes allowed
5340 Hixon Lake Rd., Rhinelander WI 54501
The park consists of a swimming beach, picnic areas and shelters, nature trails and a disc golf course. There are restrooms and changing areas near the beach and at the upper level picnic area. The park trails travel through a variety of habitats and all together total approximately 2.25 miles of hiking. The wetlands trail has three boardwalks to take you over the bog areas. Commonly seen wildlife species include loons and pileated woodpeckers with occasional sightings of warblers and kinglet as well as ringed neck snakes.
1. Bearskin State Trail
Biking & Hiking
North trailhead in Minocqua
South trailhead near Hwy K & Hwy 51.
Named for the creek the trail follows, this trail is considered a not-to-be-missed experience for visitors who are casual or avid bikers and hikers. It is a beautiful, lush, shaded walk or bike ride on 18 miles of crushed pink granite trails, which was a former railroad corridor. There are thirteen trestles that cross the lakes and streams along the trail. The lakes of the Minocqua area are well known for their fishing. The 6-mile Hiawatha Trail is also nearby, on another segment of the same rail bed as the Bearskin State Trail. Excellent bird watching opportunities, especially on the southern trail, as the trail traverses a variety of habitats – northern hardwoods, bogs, field, marshes, and springs, and streams. The trail can be accessed from many points along the way so it’s easy to create a smaller hike or bike ride or just do some birdwatching, fishing, swimming or have a picnic lunch.
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