Biking the Bearskin and Hiawatha Trails

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The Bearskin Trail is a 24 mile long state trail in the north woods of Wisconsin. It directly connects to the Hiawatha Trail - a 9 mile long Lincoln County bike trail. The mileage seen here may differ from reports on other sites because some roadway connections are included in the total I have included on the trail map on this page. The total route runs between Tomahawk and Minocqua past many lakes and beside creeks and rivers.

Highlights of these trails include many trestle bridges - thirteen on the Bearskin portion and a few more on the Hiawatha section. The level grade, easy trail, and wilderness scenery draw many tourists from nearby summer cottage communities to the trail. Parking lots and restrooms are few and far between, but there is ample room for parking on the shoulder of roads along the full route and there are many restaurants and service stations in close proximity to the trails.

Overview: The Bearskin and Hiawatha Bike Trails


COUNTY: Lincoln, Oneida
COMMUNITIES: Tomahawk, Heafford Junction, Harshaw, Goodnow, Hazelhurst, Rantz, Minocqua
BEARSKIN TOTAL MILES: 24 miles
HIAWATHA TOTAL MILES: 9 miles
PAVEMENT: Crushed Granite

POINTS OF INTEREST: Wisconsin River, Clear Lake, Lake Nokomis, Bearskin Creek, Bearskin Lake, South Blue Lake, Katherine Lake, Baker Lake, Minocqua Lake

Directions and Trail Map




If viewing on a mobile device, open the trail map above to load into Google Maps App by touching the expand rectangle in the upper right corner.

Addresses for your GPS:

Tomahawk Parking: Sara Park: 870 W Somo Ave, Tomahawk, WI 54487
| coordinates: 45.472759, -89.742073 |
Heafford Junction Parking: W5735 Beach Rd, Tomahawk, WI 54487
| coordinates: 45.545758, -89.715282 |
Hazelhurst Parking: 9866 Oneida St, Hazelhurst, WI 54531
| coordinates: 45.805265, -89.728971 |
Rantz Parking: 9909 Blue Lake Rd, Minocqua, WI 54548
| coordinates: 45.832115, -89.729828 |
Minocqua Parking: 212 W Front St, Minocqua, WI 54548
| coordinates: 45.871301, -89.711491 |


From Milwaukee4 Hours
From Madison3.5 Hours
From Green Bay2.5 Hours
From Wausau1 Hour
From Minneapolis4 Hours
From Chicago5.5 Hours






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