This 74-mile trail on a former rail corridor is one of the longest rail trails in the state, running from Park Falls to the Wild Rivers State Trail just north of Rice Lake. The trail passes through part of the Flambeau River State Forest and the rugged wilderness of Wisconsin's Blue Hills. The trail connects seven small communities in Barron, Washburn, Sawyer and Price counties, each providing year-round accommodations and services.
The Tuscobia State Trail is a year-round multiple use recreational trail that offers opportunities for ATVs, snowmobiling, horseback riding, off-road bicycling and walking. Trail activities vary by time of year and by county. The western end of the trail is part of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. It is important to use good trail etiquette to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all trail users.
ATV use varies by different sections on the trail. In Price County, ATVs are allowed on the trail during the summer months between April 15 and November 15. From the Price/Sawyer County line to the Red Cedar Lake bridge just west of Birchwood (Sawyer County and a small part of Washburn County), ATVs are allowed year-round on the trail, except during hunting seasons from November 15 to December 15. Operators must follow all Wisconsin ATV operation laws. The trail also provides numerous connections to many county ATV trail systems.
ATVs are not allowed on the Tuscobia State Trail between the Red Cedar Lake bridge and the junction with the Wild Rivers State Trail as this segment is currently designated as part of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. ATVs are permitted to cross west over the bridge to connect with Washburn County ATV trails, but must stay off the Tuscobia Trail corridor from the the Red Cedar Lake bridge to the Wild Rivers Trail.
Walking and Bicycling
The entire trail is open to walking and bicycling, though bicycling is not recommended. The trail is not groomed or surfaced and may be rough or soft in many sections. If you plan to bike the trail, the tread is more suitable for off-road bikes.
Pet owners, please be sure to have your pet on a leash, 8 feet or shorter, at all times. You must pick up after your pet. Pet owners must share the trail with motorized vehicles and horses.
Ice Age National Scenic Trail
The section of the Tuscobia State Trail from its connection with the Wild Rivers State Trail north of Rice Lake (County Highway SS in Barron County near Haugen) to the Barron/Washburn county line west of Red Cedar Lake at 30th Avenue is certified as part of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The Ice Age Trail is designated further east over the Red Cedar Lake bridge to Loch Lomond Blvd.
After crossing over the bridge, the current route of the Ice Age Trail goes off the Tuscobia State Trail corridor and continues east on Featherstone Road (which parallels State Highway 48), then south on Loch Lomond Blvd. to the Barron County Forest.
ATVs are permitted to cross west over the Red Cedar Lake bridge to connect with Washburn County ATV trails, but must stay off the Ice Age Trail certified/designated portion of the Tuscobia Trail corridor from the the Red Cedar Lake bridge to County Highway SS.
The entire trail is open to horseback riding. The trail is not groomed or surfaced and may be rough or soft in many sections. Riders must share the trail with motorized vehicles.
The entire trail is open to snowmobiling when Barron, Washburn, Sawyer and Price county snowmobile trails are open. Snowmobile operators must follow all Wisconsin snowmobile laws, including traveling no more than 15 miles per hour within any of the village limits. The trail provides numerous connections to county snowmobile trail systems.
The trail is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, however, the trail is not groomed, and skiers and snowshoers must share the trail with snowmobiles.
How to Get There
Rice Lake -The Tuscobia State Trail begins north of Rice Lake at the trail's junction with the Wild Rivers State Trail. Barron County has parking and pit toilets available at the Tuscobia/Wild Rivers trail junction on Highway SS (near State Highway 53) north of Rice Lake. Parking is also available in the town of Rice Lake.
Birchwood-The community of Birchwood is the closest town to the western end of the motorized section of the trail. ATVs are allowed on the trail to the Red Cedar Lake bridge, about 2.5 miles west of Birchwood. In Birchwood, the trail parallels State Highway 48. Parking is available along city streets.
Park Falls-The eastern terminus of the Tuscobia State Trail begins in Park Falls. Parking is available at the trailhead at the Price County Park near 9th Avenue and 2nd Street in Park Falls.
Sawyer County -There is parking, services and accommodations available at the several small communities in Sawyer County, including Couderay, Radisson, Ojibwa, Winter, Loretta and Draper. State Highways 27 and 70 parallel portions of the trail in Sawyer County.
Tuscobia State Trail, Winter Ranger Station, 5289 North Cemetery Rd., PO Box 187, Winter, WI 54896 -- (715) 266-7032