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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. Torpy Park in Minocqua and SARA Park in Tomahawk both have playgrounds and sandy swimming beaches.
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Travel Green Wisconsin Certified
Certified: (Req. 30 Points)
- Introduction and transportation of invasive species is controlled through actions & education
- Erosion control projects are in place in several areas
- For nine months of the year, only bikes, and hikers are allowed on the trail
- Trail maps are printed on recycled paper
- Trail signs remind users to pack out refuse