Hiking & Snowshoeing

Hiking

Our fabulous Rice Lake area’s natural playground provides ever changing scenery!  Strap on your backpack, grab your water bottle and trek in the summer sun, the vibrant autumn colors and even winter’s freshly fallen snow.  Walk the Ice Age Trail.  Come nature lovers, birdwatchers, and wildlife enthusiasts!  Our area sights are spectacular in all seasons!

Snowshoeing

Snow covered trees, rays of sunshine, the air is crisp and pure.  Escape the daily grind and turn off the phone and come and join all that our picturesque Wisconsin offers, with miles of snowshoeing adventures you won’t want to miss this! We’re waiting for you!

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Trails

Ice Age National Scenic Trail – 35.9 mi
The Ice Age trail showcases some of the most dynamic glacial geology in Wisconsin. The sections of the Ice Age Trail in northern Barron County are some of the most exciting sections of the 1,000-mile trail system. The Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Interpretive Center, located about a half hour south of Rice Lake, just east of New Auburn on County M. Learn more.

Cedar Side Trail – 4 mi
The Cedar Side Trail runs alongside the Red Cedar River, offering beautiful views and a serene walking, jogging or biking experience. Learn more.

Blue Hills Trail System – 22+ mi
The Blue Hills Trail System offers hiking during the spring, summer and fall. During the winter, snowshoers can trek alongside the cross-country ski trails or explore thousands of acres of county forest lands. From Rice Lake, head east on Highway C (Sawyer Street) 10 miles to the Barron-Rusk County Line where Barron County Highway C becomes Rusk County Highway O. Continue on Highway O another 10 miles to Fire Lane Road. Head north on Fire Lane Road 2 ½ miles. Learn more.

Tuscobia State Trail
76-mile retired railroad grade from Barron County to Park Falls converted to hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and ATV trail. Well-marked and maintained. Additional information about the Tuscobia State Trail is also available from the Ranger Station in Winter Wisconsin at (715) 266-3511.
Western Tuscobia Trail to Angus is joined with a section of the 1,000 mile long Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Learn more.

Wild Rivers Trail
Runs north 97 miles from Rice Lake to to Superior. Multi-use hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and ATV trail; groomed snowmobile trail. 3 miles north of Rice Lake it intersects with Tuscobia State Trail, which continues 74 miles east to Park Falls. Learn more.

Rustic Road 18
This narrow five-mile loop through white oak, aspen and birch forest begins and ends on County M.

Narrow Gauge Trails
Logging trails turned snowmobile trails west of Haugen on county forest land. Beautiful area.

Blue Hills Trails
The Blue Hills Trail System has over 35 kilometers of fabulous cross-country trails looping through one of Wisconsin’s most beautiful landscapes. Learn more.

Chippewa River Trail
Learn more.

Timberland Hills – Cumberland
Impressive 24k trail system. Wide trails and many challenging sections. Timberland Hills West is a 2.5k section right next door that is lighted until around 11 pm. (715) 822-3727. Learn more.

Barron Area Nordic Trail Association
5.3km of trail system through a mix of mature oak-maple forest and open fields. Located on the south side of the City of Barron, just south of the football field.

Cedar Side Walking Trail
Coleman Street south with return to Coleman Street: 3.7 miles
North of Highway “O”: with return 2.4 miles
South of Highway “O” around loop with return: 1.3 miles
Southern loop only: 0.7 miles
Learn more.

Moon Lake Biking and Walking Trail
This trail winds through the park along Moon Lake and back for a total distance of 1.5 miles. Learn more.

Blue Hills Felsenmeer
Within Rusk County Forest. Rusk County. 75 acres. Features talus slopes and is an outstanding location for geological interpretation of glacial action. The natural area consists of several small valleys, strewn with lichen-covered rocks, on the southwest side of the Blue Hills. Learn more.

Devil’s Kettle
An unusual waterfall and rock formation in which half of the Brule River disappears into a pothole.

Gundy’s Canyon at Horseman
On the Rusk and Sawyer county line at County Road C. Unique private property with felsenmeer slide, rose stone bluffs and seasonal flow waterfall.

Hunt Hill Audobon Sanctuary
400 acres of mature forest, ancient white pines, black spruce / tamarack bog, meadow grasses, and wildflowers support rare plant and animal species. Environmental learning center offers programs May through September. (715) 635-6543. Learn more.

The Japanese Friendship Garden
Located on the UW-Barron County Campus. Built by the Rice Lake International Friendship Association as a symbol of sister city relationship with Miharu, Japan, an ongoing student adult exchange program that began in 1987. Typical Japanese garden designed by a master gardener from Miharu. Upon entering the gate visitors follow stepping stones to the meditation bench where, while seated at the bench a vision of a miniature mountain range with the illusion of a waterfall flowing into a pond can be seen. Learn more.

Rice Lake Parks
  • City Park: East Stout Street by the lake
  • Narrows Park: East Sawyer Street on the lake
  • Roux Park: West Marshall Street
  • Shudlick Park: South Hatten Avenue
  • FFA Park: Lakeshore Drive
  • Hiawatha Park: Monroe Avenue, north of Rice Lake Knapp Stout Park. South Main by bridge
  • Moon Lake Park: South Avenue, 234-9235
  • Hunters Memorial Park: Whitetail Drive and Linden Avenue
  • Veteran’s Park: Orchard Beach Lane
  • Indian Mounds Park: North Lakeshore Drive, near Medical Center.
    Preserves 12 of some known 67 Indian Burial Mounds constructed in the Rice Lake area. Archeological excavations have revealed burial bundles, ornaments and implements.