Raven Trail – A Great Spring Hike

ONE hiking 1There’s still a lot of snow in the Northwoods, but it’s not too early to start looking to spring. A great way to watch the forest wake up from its long winter slumber is a hike along one of Oneida County’s many trails.

One of the most beautiful trails is the Raven Trail. This 13.5 mile trail runs through dense forests and around scenic lakes. Wildlife is abundant in this part of the forest. A separate nature trail provides excellent birdwatching opportunities in the spring. Biking and leashed dogs are allowed on all but the short nature trail.

The trail is moderately hilly, with some steep hills. Low spots will of course be muddy in the spring, but that’s part of the fun of hiking at this time of the year.

To get to the trail from Woodruff, take Highway 47 east for about 3 miles, then drive north on Woodruff Road.

Find more great Oneida County trails to try this spring.

Five Oneida County birdwatching hotspots

Welcome the new arrivals in Oneida County’s beautiful forests. This is the perfect time of year to break out your binoculars and birding guide and take in the beauty and tranquility of Oneida County. This time of year, millions of migratory birds travel from wintering grounds to their summer homes. Some stay in Oneida County; others are just passing through on their way north. It’s a great time to take in an amazing number of species.

Here are five places to enjoy the show:

Fern Ridge Trail

Near St. Germain, you’ll find this somewhat rugged, intermediate level trail offering striking contrasts in terrain.

Bearskin State Trail

This trail follows the route of a historic railroad. You’ll find the northern trailhead near Minocqua.

Three Eagle Trail

This picturesque trail north from Three Lakes. You’ll find the trailhead in Don Burnside Park.

Almon Park Trail

This scenic trail is located south of Rhinelander on Buck Lake.

Thunder Marsh Wildlife Trails

This state-owned marsh north of Three Lakes is rich birding habitat.


Enterprising fun in Oneida County



Oneida County is home to some of the state’s best trails – it’s hard to know which trail to explore first. Here’s a good place to start: The Enterprise Trails in Oneida County provide a great opportunity to explore this rugged and beautiful terrain.  Whether you prefer to explore this area on foot, by bike or on an ATV, the Enterprise Trails won’t disappoint.

Here are some details of these trails, located east of Rhinelander:


Here’s a map of silent sports trails. The trails require a trail pass and include some hilly terrain. Dogs are allowed and in the winter these trails are open for snowshoeing and backcountry skiing. You can find the trails approximately 8 miles south of Hwy 8 on Cty Hwy G.


The Enterprise ATV Trail includes 10 miles of trail located in the Oneida County Forest. The trail connects to the Langlade County trails to the south and the Lincoln County trails to the west. A campground and picnic shelter are located in the central part of the trail system. Restrooms and water are available at the campground.

Here are some more ideas for hiking and biking the trails in Oneida County.