Bearskin State Trail
This 18-mile railbed trail offers a packed granite gravel surface for hiking/biking in the warmer weather, and snowmobiling in the winter. Excellent birding as the trail transects varied habitats – northern hardwoods, bogs, old-field, marsh and springs, and trout stream. The south end of the trail is especially productive. Numerous trestles and boardwalks provide viewing stops. Fascinating interpretive signage.
Directions: The north trailhead is located
behind the post office in Minocqua;
the south trailhead is about two miles
Gazetteer: Page 88, B-3 to C-3 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 36, B-1 (10th edition).
Amenities: Restrooms and drinking fountain at the Minocqua trailhead, and at the halfway point at Blue Lake.
Phone: 715/356-5211 (Wisconsin DNR).
Web site: WDNR Bearskin State Trail
Admission: A daily or annual state trail pass is required.
Hours: Daylight hours.
Seasonality: Best in spring, summer and fall; heavy snowmobile traffic makes it unsuitable in winter.
Nearest food & lodging: Minocqua, Hazelhurst or Rhinelander.