Biking, Hiking

Bearskin State Trail

This level, crushed-granite trail follows the route of a former Northwoods railroad for 21.5 miles between Minocqua and Tomahawk. The trail—which passes over several scenic railroad trestles—is a popular spot for walking, hiking, and biking.

Mileage
  • 18 miles
Trail Surface
  • Semi-paved
Amenities
  • Parking
  • Pets allowed - on leash
  • Restrooms
  • Shelter
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
Accessible Offerings

Surface is level crushed granite with an average width of 8 feet.

Trail features some wooden bridges (former railroad trestles) and some road crossings.

A short section of the southern end of the trail (between Heafford Junction and Harshaw) is an on-road route.

The trailhead located in downtown Minocqua provides one designated handicap parking space in the paved parking lot adjacent to the trailhead with easy access to the trail. There are also handicap accessible restrooms. There is a wooden bridge/trestle crossing over Lake Minocqua.

The parking area located off of Blue Lake Road in Minocqua is a small gravel parking lot with a slight incline up to the trail. 

The parking area at Cedar Falls Road in Hazelhurst is a small gravel parking lot. There is a very short narrow trail dirt leading from the parking area to the trail.

The rest area near Blue Lake Road in Hazelhurst has handicap-accessible restrooms.

The Hwy K parking area in Harshaw is gravel and has easy, level access to the trail.

Trail Pass
  • A trail pass is required - for biking
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