Bearskin State Trail is a scenic trail through the natural woodlands of north-central Wisconsin. The trail, named after Bearskin Creek, extends over twenty miles through Lincoln and Oneida counties’ peaceful forests and beautiful lakes, and it is composed of crushed, compacted granite. It is a rail-trail, meaning it was previously a railroad but has been converted into a trail for the public to use. In the case of Bearskin, the trail runs along the former Milwaukee Railroad that was built in 1887. It is now a wonderful trail that you will definitely want to visit if you’re in the area with a furry friend!
You can begin your hike at the southernmost end of the trail. As you go north, you’ll notice the majestic, dense forests of maple, oak, and spruce trees that surround you. You will also pass by quite a few scenic lakes, creeks, and springs. The first few miles of the trail also contain a number of trestle bridges, as well as multiple rest areas, picnic tables, and observation decks. Once you’ve made your way past the first third of the trail, you’ll find yourself between Bearskin Lake and Little Bearskin Lake. Be aware that past this point, you will find very few restrooms and rest areas until you reach the trail’s northern endpoint in Minocqua. There are bathrooms in the town of Hazlehurst, which you will pass through, and Hazlehurst also has lodging, restaurants, and groceries if you need to stop for anything.
When you are visiting any trail, always be sure to clean up after your dog. You’ll have to bring your own bags to Bearskin State Trail, as none are provided there. Also, please note that dogs must remain on-leash while they are on the trail.
You and your pooch are sure to enjoy your walk on Bearskin State Trail; its breathtaking forests and lakes make it one of Wisconsin’s best trails by far!