Smith Rapids Saddle Trail

Much of this 16-mile equestrian trail follows along the banks of the South Fork of the Flambeau River, which offers open vistas and opportunities to view wildlife. The trail is peaceful, relatively flat, and meanders through several different forest types, including pine plantations. The Smith Rapids Picnic Area is located near the middle of the Smith Rapids Saddle Trail and offers a day-use area including drinking water, vault toilets, a picnic table, grill, river & stream fishing, and carry-in boat access. It is located near the Smith Rapids Covered Bridge, one of only two covered bridges in Wisconsin. The unique town lattice style bridge spans 90 feet over the South Fork of the Flambeau River. A National Forest parking fee is required. The daily fee can be paid at the trailhead. An annual sticker can be purchased at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest at the office at 1170 S. 4th Avenue / Highway 13 in Park Falls or online.


From Hwy. 13 in Fifield, travel east on Hwy. 70 about 25 miles, then go north on Forest Road 144 for two miles.


  • On Water


  • Yes