Trails in Taylor County, WI
Set out to see the wilds of Taylor County on miles of beautiful general use and specialized trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting, and ATV/off-road vehicles. Experience all the scenic joys the county has to offer year round! The many free and low-cost recreational trails that traverse Taylor County are among the most rewarding ways to experience the outdoors.
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Ice Age Trail
Taylor County is proudly home to approximately 65 miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the most of any Wisconsin county! Winding through public, county, and US National Forest Service land, the Ice Age Trail immerses hikers in the geological formations and landscapes sculpted by glacier movement from long ago. The Ice Age trail is reserved for foot travel only, ensuring an unbroken natural experience.
Jump on at one of the many Taylor County trailheads to enjoy this fascinating terrain year-round with a day trip or thru hike. Backpackers may camp along the trail provided that the camp is at least 50 feet from the trail and 75 feet from any water source. Ice Age Trail is maintained by volunteers and is part of a 600-mile trail system crossing Wisconsin from Lake Michigan in the east, to the St. Croix River in the west.
Timm’s Hill National Trail
This free trail spans 10 beautiful miles on Taylor County’s northeastern edge, connecting the Ice Age Trail with Timm’s Hill in Price County, the highest natural point in Wisconsin. This non-motorized, multi-use path is open for hiking and biking in summer months and is groomed for diagonal skiing, skate skiing, and snowshoeing in the winter months. Horses are allowed on the trail from May 1st to November 15th. Please note that the trail is closed during gun hunting season.
The southern trailhead parking area is located at Rusch Preserve on Highway C in Taylor County just south of Rustic Road #1. While most of the trail is grassy terrain, the southern one-half mile was rebuilt in 2016 to include a kiosk with historical artifacts and a hillside rock wall of over 90 feet. Timm’s Hill Trail is maintained by volunteers.
Aldo Leopold Trail
Aldo Leopold was an important figure in forming the modern ideas of conservation ethics and wildlife management, both in the state of Wisconsin and throughout the United States. His beloved book, entitled A Sand County Almanac (1949), is a work full of thoughtful reflections about the natural world and the ways humans influence it, for better and for worse. Discover these ideas for yourself on your journey on this 1.2-mile hiking trail. Through a series of engraved educational signs, hikers and nature lovers can explore the life, ideas, and legacy of Aldo Leopold.
The trail is open all year to foot traffic only. The trailhead is located about 25 miles northwest of Medford off of Highway D, within the Mondeaux Hardwoods State Natural Area.
Bear Crossing Ski Trails
Bear Crossing is a family-owned trail system featuring 4 miles of groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. The Livingston family’s 276 acres offer a scenic wooded display with eight interconnected loops that take skiers and snowshoers through a variety of terrains and forest features. The varying loops, ranging from 0.4 to 0.7 miles long, accommodate skiers of all ages and abilities, while still offering some challenging hills for more advanced visitors. A creek and picturesque wooden bridges run through the area to enhance the natural charm of the winter outdoors. Keep your eyes peeled for deer, hares, maybe even a porcupine! A chorus of winter songbirds will serenade you on your outing.
Bear Crossing Ski Trails are located about 11 miles northwest of Medford. Trails are open daily from 8am to dusk; it is recommended to call ahead for trail conditions on weekdays. Donations are appreciated to support costs associated with trail and parking area maintenance, though there is no set fee to use the trails
Pine Line Trail
The Pine Line Trail spans 26.2 miles of former railroad bed between Taylor and Price counties and is named for the primary cargo shipped on the Wisconsin Central Railroad for over 100 years: eastern white pine. Tall pines still line the path to remind you of this rich history. Enjoy meandering scenery from dairyland, wetland, and rolling forests, including a trestle bridge and restored train depot waypoint in Ogema. From April to November, the limestone and gravel trail is open to bicyclists and hikers. Horses may also use four feet of clearance on the righthand side. During the remaining months, December through March, the trails are open for ATV and snowmobile use, weather permitting.
Access the Pine Line Trail in Taylor county from the Allman Street parking area in Medford or along municipal streets in the cities of Ogema, Westboro, Chelsea, and Whittlesey.