Bearskin State Trail, Minocqua
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Front Street
Minocqua, Wisconsin 54548
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Children on Bearskin Trail


Photo by Alfredo De Simone

Bearskin State Trail is one of northern Wisconsin's most notable trails. This 18.3 mile former railway line winds its way through old-fields and forests. It snakes along freshwater habitats - marshes, bogs, lakes and creeks. The trail traverses 13 railroad trestles. It steals a look at animals and birds. Hike or bike on crushed granite. Snowmobile on a blanket of white. Spy on wildlife big and small - turtles, beavers, bald eagles, loons and deer. Start out in Minocqua. Journey all or part of the way to Harshaw. Hit the trail in the opposite direction. End an outdoor adventure at Torpy Park, it boasts a playground, public beach, and, in winter, an ice rink.
Getting There
Bearskin State Trail has two trailheads. The north trailhead is located on Front Street in Minocqua and is situated behind the post office. The south trailhead is located on County Highway K, roughly 1 mile east of Hwy 51, and is situated 2 miles southwest of Harshaw. Both trailheads have paved parking. Torpy Park is accessible from Lakeshore Drive in downtown Minocqua. The park is a 2-minute drive from the north trailhead.
Getting Around
Bearskin State Trail is 18.3 miles (29.5 km) one-way. The surface is crushed granite; trestles have wooden planks. A state trail pass is required for cyclists' aged 16 and over. (Self-registration boxes are found at both trailheads.) The trail is accessible year round.
Things to Keep in Mind
There is no access to food and water along the trail. There are restrooms at both trailheads. Pace an outing to the youngest adventurer; turn back before kids tire.
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