ATV Riding in
If you are looking for a fun-filled place to ride, Northwestern Wisconsin is the place to be! Numerous trails with varied terrain await enthusiastic riders.
A recommended winter ride in Douglas County is Trail 27 from Solon Springs to Brule. Douglas County also offers riders approximately 40 miles of trail using parts of the Saunders Grade and the Gandy Dancer trails. Be sure to stop at the beautiful Amnicon Falls State Park located on the Tri-Country Trail between Brule and Superior. During snowmobile season a large majority of Douglas Country's extensive snowmobile trail system is open for ATV use. Fine dining and lodging accommodations can be found in Superior, Brule, Solon Springs and surrounding areas in Douglas County.
Iron County supports Wisconsin's largest ATV trail system. Over 150 miles of picturesque and challenging trails invite ATVer's to explore this region. Hurley boasts many scenic routes and trails. On a trek north on T rail 2, (known as the Iron Horse Trail) riders will have a chance to view the spectacular Rock Cut Gorge. Continue on through the town of Saxon and on to Saxon Harbor on the shores of Lake Superior. Going south out of Hurley on Trail 77 will bring you through Pence and then on to Upson to view the Potato River Falls.
Riding south on Trail 51 from the Mercer area connecting to Route 21 in Manitowish will lead riders to the view the beautiful Flambeau Flowage. Riders may also choose to take Trail 51 North leading them through Pine Lake to Hurley. Excellent lodging and dining can be found throughout Hurley, Mercer, and surrounding areas.
Price County warmly welcomes ATV enthusiasts to enjoy their fine trail system. Park Falls annually hosts the WATVA Labor Day ATV Rally and serves as the main hub of the area's trail system. ATV's are permitted to operate on designated streets to access the many fine services Park Falls has to offer. Park Falls serves as the trailhead to the renowned Tuscobia-Park Falls State Trail, providing over 70 miles of abandoned railroad grade between Park Falls and Birchwood. This trail is open to ATV's April 15 to November 15. The Flambeau Trail System flows through the Chequamegon National Forest just east of Park Falls, 60 miles in length with varied terrain from refreshing tree-lined routes, to vistas, and over wooden bridges. Experienced riders may choose to follow Trail 125 for a one-mile loop to view Camp Nine Springs. The trail follows on Esker, a ridge formed by the fore of the glaciers that once covered this area. Extreme caution must be taken on this steep, coarse gravel terrain. Another stop, Round Lake Logging Dam, turn north off Trail 107 at the Round Lake access and take a short jaunt from the parking lot to view the restored 1800's logging dam. This trail system is open from May 15 to November 15. West of Park Falls you will find the Dead Horse Run ATV Trail, located approximately 2 ½ miles from Loretta, the Dead Horse Run Trail can be accessed by taking the Tuscobia State Trail from Park Falls. The southeastern portion of Price County offers off-road riders the Pine Line Price-Taylor Rail Trail; 25 miles take ATVer's through rugged terrain between Price County's Prentice and Medford, located in Taylor County. Providing conditions are favorable for riding, the Pine Line Price-Taylor Rail Trail is open for ATV use from December 1 to March 31. Timm's Hill, the highest geographical point in the state, can be accessed by snowmobile trail 189 if snow conditions are adequate. With over 180 miles of scenic trails. Price County is definitely a great choice for the off-road rider!
Ashland County welcomes OHV lovers to check out the Dead Horse Run Trail, approximately 70 miles of rolling terrain through the Chequamegon National Forest. Camp Loretta trailhead, located approximately 2 ½ miles north of Loretta in Sawyer County, provides ample parking for cars and trailers. Dead Horse Slough trailhead, located east of Clam Lake has minimal parking. Between these two trailheads riders can take a leisurely, picturesque jaunt along the east fork of the Chippewa River and also enjoy a view of the Dead Horse Slough.. The Dead Horse Slough was named after an incident which occurred in the early 1900's when a team of horses fell through the ice and were never recovered. Sawyer County also invites ATVer's to ride the Flambeau River State Forest, 38 miles of trails are available for summer riding. The Tuscobia-Park Falls Trail crosses from the northeast to southwest corners of Sawyer County and is open to ATVer's from April 15 to November 15. While on the Deadhorse Run and the Tuscobia State Trail riders may choose to check out the Flambeau River State Forest ATV Trail located in the southeast corner of Sawyer County, 38 miles of beautiful forested trails designated for summer use only.
In Bayfield County, riders can enjoy over 150 miles of ATV trails. 104 miles of trails extend from Washburn to Port Wing, to the Tri-Country Recreational Corridor, and also connects with the Valhalla Area Trails. The Valhalla Area Trails wind through the Chequamegon National Forest connecting the Valhalla Winter Sports area with the Tri Country Corridor and the Battle Axe Trail comprising over 50 miles of riding. Be sure to make a stop at the Old Baldy lookout accessed off of the Battle Axe Trail.
OHVer's can ride an abandoned railroad grade in Polk County, 18 miles long, the run extends from Amery in Polk County, east through Turtle Lake, to Almena in Western Barron County. Polk County also offers 5 miles of looped trail through forest and town lands. Wild Rivers Trail also offers 5 miles of looped trail through forest and town lands. Wild Rivers Trail, also known as Corridor 53, which extends through Barron, Douglas, and Washburn Counties offers riders a 96 mile trail, beginning in Rice Lake and travels north through Spooner and Minong and ends up north of Solon Springs.
This is just a sampling of the fine trails systems to be found in Northwest Wisconsin. To receive more information about any of these areas, please contact the numbers listed in map and trail information.
Map & Trail Information
Barron County 715-537-6295
Bayfield County Tourism 800-472-6338
DNR Flambeau River State Forest 715-332-5271
Douglas County Chamber of Commerce 715-378-2219
Glidden Area Chamber of Commerce 715-264-4304
Great Divide Ranger District 715-264-2511
Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce 715-561-4334
Hurley 24 hour Funn Line 715-561-3866
Iron County Development Zone Council 715-561-2922
Iron River Chamber of Commerce 715-372-8558
Mercer Wisconsin - 715-476-2602
Mellen Area Chamber of Commerce 715-274-2330
Park Falls Chamber of Commerce 800-762-2709
Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce 715-339-4100
Polk County Information Center 800-222-7655
Price County Tourism 800-269-4505
Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce 715-637-4275
SWORDS ATV Local Advisor 715-399-8423
Superior Douglas County Visitor Bureau 800-472-6338
Tri-County Recreational Corridor Commission 800 472-6338
Washburn County 800-367-3306
Washburn County Forest Administration 715-635-4490
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