Hiking and Birding

Come explore the great outdoors and remember your binoculars and cameras while you are hiking one of the many trails throughout Northwest Wisconsin. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature. These outdoor trails provide tremendous opportunities to discover the wildlife that inhabit the surrounding areas like white-tailed deer, black bear, timber wolves, beaver, fox, raccoons, rabbits, and countless species of birds. With so many places to explore, you’ll never run out of things to see.

Hiking and Birding Areas

Washburn County
Length: 1,964 acres; 6.4 miles of hiking trails. Beaver Brook Wildlife Area is home to abundant wildlife including eagles and osprey. Numerous wetlands associated with Beaver Brook, springs and lakes can be found throughout the property. Remnants of several homesteads and remnants of an old logging dam built in 1870 and removed in 1910 are still visible
near the mouth of Beaver Brook.
Ashland County
Length: 9 miles. Hiking trails take you through 9 miles of varied habitat,
some of which is detailed through interpretive signage. The boardwalk
is a half-mile long trail that is flat, well-marked. The trail goes through a
northern forest of red and white pines on the Big Bay Sand Spit. Lagoon
Ridge Trail is a 2.6 mile trail that goes around the west side of the lagoon
and wetlands to the Indoor Group Camp. Bay View Trail is a 1.3 mile trail
that follows the shoreline on the north side of Big Bay Point.
Fee/Pass Required: Yes
Rusk County
Length: 20 miles. A total of 20 miles of trail in the Blue Hills provide a
variety of loops with varying terrain and elevation. Through wetlands and
hardwood stands, the trail system is mowed. Trail system is in the County
Forest which includes nearly 80,000 acres in total. Binoculars and birding
guide books available for free check-out at the Rusk County Visitors
Center.

Fee/Pass Required: No/Donations are appreciated
Sawyer County
Length: 233 miles. The “Chip” is a 15,300-acre flowage with miles of
rugged pine and aspen shorelines cut by numerous bays, channels, and
floating bogs. Travel by boat or canoe to fully appreciate the abundant
wildlife throughout the warm months.
Chippewa County
Length: 23 miles. This trail runs 23 miles from the Interpretive Center in
New Auburn to Burnet Island State Park in Cornell. The trail traverses an
area that is heavily forested with numerous kettle lakes. Hiking the trail
will produce many northern forest birds. No motorized vehicles, horses
or mountain bikes are allowed off public roads in the Reserve. Primitive
camping is available at designated areas. Trails may vary in difficulty and
are not surfaced.

Fee/Pass Required: No.
Burnett County
Length: 24 miles by vehicle, additional foot traffic only paths. Loop
trails, out and back trails, spring and fall guided birding tours available,
restrooms at Education Center and rest area, sedge marsh, flowages,
shrub, forest, many observation areas.

Fee/Pass Required: No
Chippewa County
Length: 5 miles. A five mile paved loop through Chippewa Falls is ideal
for walking, biking and in-line skating. This trail connects to the Old Abe
State Trail NE of County Hwy I. Portions of this trail are shared with motor
vehicle traffic.

Fee/Pass Required: No
Burnett County
Length: 21 miles in Burnett Co. (98 miles total). Crushed limestone and
dirt. Former rail road bed. Bridge trestles, scenic vistas, lakes, rivers,
forests, wildlife. Passes through Siren, Webster, and Danbury. Restaurants,
lodging, retail, and services available.

Fee/Pass Required: Yes
Burnett County
Length: Multiple trails totaling 18.5 miles. Sioux Portage Trail (10 miles)
- Primitive camping along trail. Scenic wilderness, wooded, along river and
bluffs. Kohler Peet Trail (6 miles)- Out and back trail. Scenic wilderness,
wooded, along river and bluffs. Brandt Pines Interpretive Trail (2.5 miles)-
Gile Road; Shelter rest area, out and back trail, pine and hardwood
forests, ravine. Steep climbs/descents, foot bridges, stairways.
Fee/Pass Required: No fee for hiking.
Iron County
Length: 2 miles. This is a two-mile trail off of Fishermen’s Landing Road
in the Turtle Flambeau Scenic Waters Area. Interpretive signage explains
how this area has been transformed.
Fee/Pass Required: No.
Douglas County
Length: 2.25 miles. The trail travels eastward down a hill past some
old copper mine sites, and then climbs a scenic ridge to pass near the
Clevedon fire tower. The trail then continues south and loops back to the
parking lot.

Fee/Pass Required: No
Price County
Length: 6 miles. Features rolling terrain and a loop that surrounds a small
lake. The trail is mowed periodically and is used by Ruffed Grouse hunters
beginning in mid-September. Easy/Moderate.

Fee/Pass Required: No.
Washburn County
Length: 500+ acres; 10 miles of hiking trails. Hunt Hill is a 500 acre nature
reserve with abundant wildlife, beautiful hiking trails, lakes, meadows and
more. The center also provides educational programming on a variety of topics
throughout the year.
Barron County
A trail of more than a thousand miles a portion of which meanders through
Barron County in an east-west direction.
Fee/Pass Required: No
Rusk County
Length: Multiple Segments (Hemlock & Blue Hills). Multiple segments (Hemlock
and Blue Hills) of the National Ice Age trail can be found in the Blue Hills of
Northwestern Rusk County.

Fee/Pass Required: No
Chippewa County
Length: 17.4 miles. Hikers will enjoy the 17.4 miles of scenic hiking trails within
the park. Among the park’s most scenic trails is the 1-mile self-guided Beaver
Meadow Nature Trail. A trail overlook allows visitors to view the environment
and wildlife found in a beaver pond. Check out the self-guided Prairie Wildflower
Trail for an up-close view of tall grasses and a variety of other plants.

Fee/Pass Required: Yes
Iron County
Length: 5.2 miles. There are 5.2 miles of mowed trail in the
Little Turtle Waterfowl Management Area. The terrain in a mix of
wooded and prairie grass.

Fee/Pass Required: No
Sawyer County
Length: ¼ mile. The habitat is mainly cattail marsh, shrubby, bog
wetland, and stream with some red pine forest. Common birds include
Belted Kingfisher, snipe, flycatchers, swallows, warblers, rail, Great Blue
Heron, bitterns, sandpipers, and many ducks. This is a great moonlit walk.
Iron County
Length: 18 km. The trails traverse rolling terrain with loops totaling
18 km. The trail also excellent for biking and goes through a variety of
wooded terrain.

Fee/Pass Required: Donations are appreciated
Douglas County
Length: 31+ miles. A part of the 4,600 miles that stretches from
North Dakota to New York, the longest hiking path in the US. Camping
opportunities are available. Out and back trail.
Fee/Pass Required: No
Rusk County
Length: 4 miles. Includes upland, forested, wetland, and prairie habitats,
along the banks of the Flambeau River. A prime bird watching area. 4
miles of walking trails on the reclaimed mine site. Another 10 miles of
equestrian trails can also be hiked. Binoculars and birding guide books
available for free check-out at the Rusk County Visitors Center.
Fee/Pass Required: No
Price County
Length: 3.4 miles. This loop trail passes through both pine and aspen
timber along rolling hills. It is used for Ruffed Grouse hunting beginning in
mid-September. Easy/Moderate.

Fee/Pass Required: No
Ashland County
Length: 3.6 mile round trip. 1,565 foot granite outcrop on the western
edge of the Penokee Range. The trail forks from the path to Morgan
Falls. From the overlook you can see Chequamegon Bay and the Apostle
Islands.

Fee/Pass Required: No
Washburn County
Length: 17.4 acres. 17.4 acres of wetland and upland ridge walking
trails, 600ft boardwalk, gazebo overlooking Stone Lake and the Canadian
National Railroad, and a covered walk bridge.
Price County
Length: 10 miles. A point-to-point, non-motorized trail, connecting the
Ice Age Trail to Timm’s Hill, elevation 1951.5 feet, Wisconsin’s highest
natural point. Moderate/Difficult.
Fee/Pass Required: No
Sawyer County
Length: 2,719-acre. The Nelson Lake Dam is located across the Hwy from
the paved parking lot. Restrooms. At the dam, there is a wildlife viewing
overlook adjacent to the highway. Red breasted nuthatch, warblers, blue
headed Vireo, eagles, waterfowl and herons.
Barron County
A mix of history and scenic beauty, the Tuscobia State Trail is a 74 mile
abandoned railroad grade that begins in Barron County near Rice Lake.
Trailhead north of RL on Hwy SS and goes 74 miles to Park Falls.
Fee/Pass Required: No
Ashland County
The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center offers a 5 story observation tower
where migrating hawks can be viewed. In addition, the center offers a
boardwalk that is handicap accessible and under one mile. The Aldo Leopold
trail also on the property is a 1 mile trail and many species of warblers can
be seen on this trail. Parking is abundant at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor
Center and the center offers indoor toilet facilities.
Fee/Pass Required: No
Douglas County
Length: 3miles/4.8 km. The Point contains stands of old growth
pine, beach dune communities and marsh open water habitats
creating one of the best migratory bird areas in May and Sept at this
intersection of marsh, lake and woodland.

Fee/Pass Required: No