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Ice Age National Scenic Trail
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Ice Age National Scenic Trail
Description - Tuscobia State Trail extends 74 miles from Rice Lake to Park Falls through the Flambeau River State Forest and Chequamegon National Forest. The trail is Wisconsin's longest rail-trail running along a nearly level grade that slices through rugged wilderness of open stretches, lightly wooded areas and small communities. The western trailhead is Tuscobia and the eastern trailhead is Park Falls. To reach the trailheads travel four miles north of Rice Lake off US 53 onto County SS, then northeast to Park Falls via Hwy. 48, 40, 70 and then 13 into Park Falls. The trail is comprised of loose gravel and cinders. A short western trail segment from Tuscobia to Angus is part of the 1,000 mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Tuscobia State Trail links with Wild Rivers State Trail.

Attractions - The State of Wisconsin acquired this right-of-way in 1966 for the enjoyment of trail users. Folks using the Tuscobia State Trail include hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and snowmobilers. The blazed route is well-marked and well-maintained. There are many areas of population along the corridor including Rice Lake, Birchwood, Couderay, Winter, Draper, and Park Falls. Services are available in each community. Lodging facilities may be found at Rice Lake, Birchwood and Park Falls. Camping is offered at Flambeau River State Forest along the shores of two great fishing lakes, Connors Lake at 429 acres and Lake of the Pines at 273 acres. All campsites are first-come, first-served.

There are several notable nearby attractions. INDIAN MOUNDS PARK located in the Rice Lake area preserves 12 Indian burial mounds. At one time, 67 were known to have existed here. It is theorized a branch of the Dakota Sioux constructed the mounds. Another attraction located in the Lake Chippewa area is The Hideout, Al Capone's Northwood's Retreat. The 400-acres harbored Roaring 20's gangsters. Guided tours are offered May to October. Structures toured include the stone lodge, garage, gun tower, bunkhouse and jail cell. A restaurant is onsite. Call 715-945-2746 for details.

Recreation - Trail users include hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, snowmobilers and ATVers.

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.

Location - Tuscobia State Trail extends from Rice Lake to Park Falls.

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Contact Information:
Tuscobia State Trail, c/o DNR Hwy. 27 S., Rt. 2, P.O. Box 2003 , Hayward, WI, 54843, Phone: 715-634-6513

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