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
southwest of Harshaw on Cty. K. You’ll find paved parking at both trailheads.

Gazetteer: Page 88, B-3 to C-3 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 36, B-1 (10th edition).

Bearskin State Trail map

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.