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Cruise the Gandy Dancer Trail through Burnett, Douglas, and Polk Counties
Posted on: 9/20/2012
The Gandy Dancer Trail, located in Northern Wisconsin, is perfect for biking and hiking. The 98-mile recreational trail passes through nine different communities and offers stunning views of forests, enchanting sounds of wildlife and a refreshing breath of fresh air.
Trail History and Information
Built on a former railroad corridor, the Gandy Dancer Trail is named for the work crews who laid the railroad tracks, using tools made by the Gandy Tool Company of Chicago. The crews were known to work by keeping their voices and the movement of their feet and tools in harmony, leading them to become known as "Gandy Dancers."The Gandy Dancer Trail is divided into a northern and southern segment. The southern segment begins in St. Croix Falls and travels 47 miles through the charming communities of Centuria, Milltown, Luck, Frederic, Siren and Webster, ending in Danbury at the Minnesota border. Here a 520-foot trestle crosses the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway into Minnesota. The northern segment of the Gandy Dancer State Trail runs for 31 miles on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River before crossing back into Douglas County for 15 miles.The entire trail is open to walking and bicycling, though bicycling is not recommended on North segment of the trail, where the trail may be rough or soft in many sections. If you plan to bike the trail, the tread is more suitable for off-road bikes.
Points of Interest near the Trail
- Take a break at Cafe Wren, just outside of Luck, which offers fresh food, espresso, baked goods and local art.
- Pick up an antique or two in Siren at the Gray Parrot Shop and Siren Antiques
- Relax and unwind at The Lodge at Crooked Lake in Siren, located right off the trail and next to Crooked Lake. The Northwoods feel of this lodge will make you feel welcome and comfortable while you recharge to get back on the trail.