Recreation Trails

Forest County Recreation Map 2017

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Public Snowmobile Trails

Enjoy snowmobiling in Forest County with over 405 miles of groomed, state-funded trails winding through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. All trails link to both casinos and all hospitality businesses in Forest County, providing many pit stops along the trail for food, lodging, and refreshments.

100 Mile Snow Safari Trail: The 100 Mile Snow Safari has approximately 150 miles of marked and groomed trails through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest linking all the localities of Forest County. Maps, food, etc., are available at pit stops throughout the system.

Lumberjack Memorial Trails: The Lumberjack Memorial Trails club grooms and maintains over 90 miles of trails in central and southern Forest County. These trails link to the 100 Miler as well as to the trails in the Lakewood area.

Three Lakes Trails: The Three Lakes Trail system has over 80 miles of groomed trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, linking Forest and Oneida Counties in the western half of the county.

Tombstone-Pickerel Trails: The Tombstone-Pickerel Trails include over 20 miles of groomed trails in southwestern Forest County, with numerous pit stops and resorts, as well as provide a link to the Langlade County trail system.

Black Bear Sportsmen’s Club: The Black Bear club has over 40 miles of groomed trails, linking the Crandon area north and west to trails in Oneida County.

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Public ATV Trails

ATV trails, routes, and trailhead development is always ongoing in Forest County. As a result of the coordination and cooperation of the U.S. Forest Service, Forest County ATV clubs, citizens and townships, Forest County has over 300 miles of ATV routes and 47 miles of state funded ATV trails.

The two state trails in Forest County are the Nicolet State Trail and the Wolf River State Trail. The Nicolet State Trail is located in eastern Forest County. It is 32 miles long connecting with Oconto County to the south and Florence County to the north. The Wolf River State Trail is 15 miles long and is located in the central and southern part of the county. Both trails are abandoned railroad corridors that have been surfaced with gravel and are open year round for ATV, UTV, dual-sport motorcycle, and snowmobile use. These state trails are the ONLY snowmobile trails in the county that are open year round to ATV/UTV use.

For further information about trail use, please contact the Forest County Forestry Department at (715) 478-3475.

Download the Forest County ATV Map.

Please stay on the trails. Going off the trails may result in permanent trail closure and fines.

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Cross-Country Ski Trails

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Ed’s Lake Trail: This trail is located on County Highway W between Wabeno and Crandon. The trail is groomed. There is a 2.3 mile loop trail suitable for beginners, with the intermediate trail offering a 2.7 mile loop as well as a 3.5 mile loop.

Nicolet North Trail: This trail is located 10.5 miles east of Eagle River to Forest Road 2460, then south on 2460 for 2 miles to the trailhead. There are 13 miles of groomed trails with several loop opportunities.

Anvil Trail: This trail is located 8.5 miles east of Eagle River on Highway 70. There are 12 miles of groomed loop trails ranging from gentle, rolling to hilly.

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Otter Springs Trail: This trail is located 4 miles east of Crandon off Highway 8 on Forest Road 2378. This trail has a parking area and ski shelter available. It offers a 1.25 mile loop and .75 mile loop suitable for beginners. The intermediate trail is a 3 mile loop. Groomed for Classic and Skate skiing. SEE MAP

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Hemlock Lake Ski Trail: This trail is located 1 mile east and 4 miles south of Crandon off County Highway W on Hemlock Lake Road. This is a 2 mile loop trail with parking area. Trail is groomed for Classic skiing only. SEE MAP

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Mountain Biking Trails

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Ed’s Lake Trail: This trail is located on County Highway W between Wabeno and Crandon. There are 6 miles of trail in upland hardwoods.

Nicolet North Trail: This trail is located 10.5 miles east of Eagle River to Forest Road 2460, then south on 2460 for 2 miles to the trailhead. There are 13 miles of trail with several loop opportunities. The Nicolet North Trail connects with the Anvil Trail.

Anvil Trail: This trail is located 8.5 miles east of Eagle River on Highway 70. There are 12 miles of groomed loop options. In addition to designated trails, all logging roads and undesignated/ unmarked trails within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest are open to mountain bikes unless otherwise posted. Information may be obtained at the local Forest Service office located in Laona, (71) 674-4481.

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Otter Springs Trail: This trail is located 4 miles east of Crandon off Highway 8 on Forest Road 2378. There are 5 miles of trail in upland hardwoods.  SEE MAP

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Hiking, Birding & Nature Trails

Argonne Experimental Forest Trail: Located 1.5 miles east of Hiles on Highway 32 to Forest Road 2184, then north on 2184 for 1.5 miles to the trailhead.  The self-guided loop trail gives the hiker a chance to learn more about northern hardwoods and forest management. The trail features 17 stops along an easy 3/4 of a mile walk which takes about an hour.

Ed’s Lake Trail: Ed’s Lake Trail is located on County Highway W between Wabeno and Crandon. There are 6 miles of trail in upland hardwoods.

Franklin Lake Trail: Located 9 miles east of Eagle River on Highway 70 to Forest Road 2178, then south on 2178 for 3 miles to Forest Road 2181, then east on 2181 for 5 miles to the campground and trailhead. This is a 1 mile interpretive loop trail that takes you through a tamarack swamp, hemlock cathedral and 300-year old white pines.

Halley Creek Bird Trail: Located 5 miles east of Blackwell on Goodman Park Road to Forest Road 2103, then south on 2103 to trailhead. This is a one mile loop trail with bird viewing opportunities in four different habitat types.

Hidden Lakes Trail: Use the directions for the Franklin Lake Trail. This is a 4-mile (one way) interpretive trail which begins at Franklin Lake Trail and eventually joins the Luna-White Deer Trail.  Discover the molded landscapes of an ice age past, the cycle of seasons and the spiral of ages to come.

Knowles Creek Interpretive Trail: Located 9.5 miles east of Wabeno on Highway C to Forest Road 3132, south on 3132 for a 1/2 mile. This is a 1/3 mile barrier free access interpretive trail which follows the north shore of Knowles Creek impoundment.

Knowles Creek Impoundment and Interpretive Trail: This 170-acre wetland impoundment is a favorite for wildlife viewers. Open water, marsh, old fields, and forests combine to attract many species including owls, hawks, eagles, loons, and waterfowl. Enjoy a 0.75-mile hiking trail, which has easy access. Located 9.5 miles east of Wabeno on Highway C to Forest Road 3132, south on 3132 for a 1/2 mile.  This is also a state designated Watchable Wildlife viewing area.

Laura Lake Walking Trail: This trail, located on Laura Lake, is a 2.25-mile loop. It is of moderate difficulty being uneven and narrow with some exposed rocks and roots. The trailhead is located between the swim area and the boat ramp. Directions: From Laona, follow US Highway 8 northeast for 14 miles. Turn left on FR 2163 and drive 5 miles north to Laura Lake Campground. Parking is available for 7 vehicles.

Michigan Rapids Hiking Trail: This hiking trail is of moderate difficulty, being a wide trail with some gentle slopes. In the early spring, some wet areas can be found. Watch for poison ivy at the end of the trail.  The trail length is approximately 2 miles that loops around. Directions: From Laona, take US Highway 8 north about 3 miles, to FR 2131. Turn right and go east approx. 12 miles to FR 2134. Turn right and travel south 1.5 miles. Look for trailhead sign on left just south of the Peshtigo River crossing at Burnt Bridge. Parking for 3 vehicles available.

Nicolet North Trail: Located 10.5 miles east of Eagle River to Forest Road 2460, then south on 2460 for 2 miles to the trailhead. There are 13 miles of trail with several loop opportunities. The Nicolet North Trail connects with the Anvil Trail.

Otter Springs Skiing and Hiking Trail: The Otter Springs trail is located on a large area of hardwood forest with scenic view of Otter Springs and Bug Lake.  The trail is 8 miles in total length. The beginner’s trail is about 0.75 of a mile long located near the graveled parking area. The intermediate trails are hilly and more challenging. The second trail is 1.25 miles in length with hills and curves. The trails are all well marked and groomed. The ski shelter is located between the two intermediate trails. Directions: The trail is located 4 miles east of Crandon, off of Highway 8, north on 2378. The trail is entirely on Forest County land and is maintained/developed by Forest County Forestry Department.

Pickerel Lake Walking and Biking Trail: The Pickerel Lake trail is 2 miles long, however from Highway 55, there are 4 miles designated for walking/biking. It is good for easy walking and biking, due to it being paved. Directions: Located 18 miles southwest of Crandon. From Crandon take Highway 55, and turn onto Pickerel Lake Road by Hills Still Supper Club. The trail is located next to Pickerel Lake Road.

Scott Lake Trail and Shelp Lake Trail: From Hiles head south on Highway 32 to Forest Road 2174, then north on 2174 for 5.5 miles to Forest Road 2183, east on 2183 for 6 miles to the trailheads. The 1/3 mile Scott Lake Trail is located on the south side of 2183. You can walk among some larger diameter eastern white pines, hemlocks and hardwoods. The boardwalk to Shelp Lake is located on the north side of 2183. This short walk will take you out over a floating bog.

The Wabeno Barrier-free Boardwalk and Nature Trail completed Phase 3, where visitors can now walk a mile and a half loop along the North Branch of the Oconto River and Range Line Creek through the parks in downtown Wabeno. Directional signs and educational displays will be completed in May 2018.

 

Rustic Roads and Auto Tours

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Located in Forest County. From the Village of Alvin, follows portions of Lakeview Drive, Carey Dam Road and Fishel Road to WIS 70. The route is 8.8 miles in length and the surface is paved and gravel in portions.

Located in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. This scenic route includes the Old North Road, the very first road in the Town of Alvin, and one which has changed very little over the years. The road leads through a heavily wooded area, including a 50-year-oldpine plantation, abundant with wildlife, and is ideal for hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, and snowmobiling.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Auto Tours

The Heritage Drive National Forest Scenic Byway, the first scenic byway in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, was dedicated in May 1992. The byway incorporates a 10-mile section of Military Road (Forest Road 2178) and 4 miles of Butternut Lake Road (Forest Road 2181). A tabloid-styled interpretive guide and special byway signs help visitors learn more about the forest’s rich cultural history.

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Auto Tour of Forest and Vilas Counties is a self-guided natural history auto tour beginning in Eagle River and ending in Three Lakes. The 80-mile tour takes about 4 hours to complete. There are two developed picnic areas along the route, including one at Franklin Lake. There are 12 designated stops on the tour. Two stops feature short walking trails and one stop is a museum. The tour helps you better understand the meaning of multiple use, while taking a leisurely drive through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

For further information or brochures, check out the website for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.