Hiawatha Trail and Bearskin State Trail

Whether you start in Minocqua or Tomahawk, your ride begins with a long scenic lake trestle crossing. You may catch sight of a stately great blue heron standing among the lily pads, or a flight of wood ducks landing among the reeds. Covering an area the size of Rhode Island, this neck of the Northwoods has one of the densest concentrations of lakes anywhere. Both the Bearskin and Hiawatha are converted railbed trails. These grades, which once carried the famed "Hiawatha" Streamliner from Chicago, are now your ticket to scenic touring adventure. Excellent city parks at each trailhead make the trip even more fun for kids. Torpey Park in Minocqua and Sara Lake Park in Tomahawk both have playgrounds and sandy swimming beaches.

Hours of Operation

Open daily during daylight hours for seasonal hiking, biking and snowmobiling.


The north trailhead is located behind the post office in Minocqua; the south trailhead is about two miles southwest of Harshaw on Cty. K. You'll find paved parking at both trailheads.


  • On Water


  • Yes

Natural Attractions Type

  • Parks, Forests, Trails

Trail Length (miles)

  • 33