The Bearskin Trail


The 18.3-mile Bearskin Trail runs south from Minocqua and is directly accessible from Nitschke’s Northern Resort. Whether you hike, bike or snowmobile, this trail offers one of the most memorable Northwood’s recreational activities.

Scenes from the Bearskin Trail


Originally a railroad line

The trail is named for the Bearskin Creek which the trail follows, and was originally a railroad line used from 1888 to 1972. Formally used to export white pine logs to the Midwest, this line is now a recreational delight, a beautiful winding trail, surfaced with compacted granite.



Amazing Scenery

Bridge along the Bearskin Trail in Minocqua

You’ll see a landscape of lakes and forest in the Northern half of the trail, and scenes of the Bearskin Creek, a clean cold winding creek, on the Southern half. While traveling you’ll cross over a dozen old railroad trestles and, if you need a break, you can stop midway on the trail at the South Blue Lake Rest Area which has water, restrooms, picnic tables and grills.


Playgrounds and Beaches

Children especially like the excellent city parks at each trailhead. Torpey Park in Minocqua and Sara Lake Park in Tomahawk both have playgrounds and sandy swimming beaches.


See Wildlife on the Bearskin Trail


The lakes and area surrounding the Bearskin trail provide a perfect habitat for a variety of wildlife and waterfowl. It is possible you’ll see a bald eagle, loon, or a deer as you “take in” the scenic rolling hills, lakes and streams of the Bearskin Trail.



See the Bearskin Trail Picture Gallery