Description - Cattail State Trail is located in Northwest Wisconsin along 17.8 miles of Soo Line. The former rail bed is open to hikers, bikers, equestrians, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and off-road motorcycles. Running from the trailhead location in Amery, and extending northeast to Almena users are rewarded with sights that vary from open farmland to picturesque ponds to rolling hills to expansive forests. The trail extends over two counties: Barron County hosts 7.4 miles and Polk County hosts 11.7 miles.
- Cattail State Trail offers secluded opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. For 17.8 miles a quiet and scenic route meanders through a variety of habitats including creekbeds, marshlands, prairies and thick forests - each a haven for wildlife. Resident area wildlife includes black bear, white-tailed deer, fox, otter, mink, eagles, osprey, and nearly 200 bird species.
The trailhead is located in Amery where restrooms are available. The trail ends in the Barron County Picnic Area.
For more information contact the Barron County Forest & Recreation Department at 715- 637-4275 or the Polk County Parks & Recreation Department at 715-485-3161.
Recreation - Hikers, bikers, horseback riders, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers enjoy Cattail State Trail. Off-road motorcycling is permitted.
Climate - Northwest Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. Great Lakes Michigan and Superior tend to make summers cooler and winters milder close to shore. January's average temperature is in the single digits F (-teens C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F for several days (32 degrees C). Nighttime summer temperatures occasionally dip below freezing. The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 32-34". Annual snowfalls in the Northwest Region have a wide range; the southern areas may receive 20" while the northern areas may receive in excess of 200". Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.
The Cattail State Trail runs from Amery to Almena in Northwest Wisconsin.