Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Several great trails await in Amery, Wis.

Walking Trail at York Park.
Visitors to Amery, Wis., this summer will find trails both impressive and quaint. Two major state trails meet in the “City of Lakes” while a couple of local trails offer small jaunts in wooded sections of town. Five great trails to hike in Amery include:
g Amery Regional Medical Center Walking Trail – The local hospital grounds provides a community walking path running along the Apple River. The forested path nicely keeps views of the urban area to a minimum.
g Green Trail – North of the city, a trio of trails at the Balsam Branch Cross Country Ski Trails make their way through woodlands for hiking, skiing and snowshoeing. Try the Green Trail, a 3-mile trail that includes a segment circling a pond with swans.
g Cattail State Trail This route, located on what used to be old railroad tracks, runs for nearly 18 miles on an old Soo Line rail line between Amery and Almena. The Amery end of trail begins in woodland then passes through farmland and prairie.
g Stower Seven Lakes Trail – The 14-mile trail heads west of Amery past seven glacial lakes to just shy of Dresser. In addition to the lakes, you’ll head through maple and oak forests, prairies and picturesque farms.
g York Park Walking Trail – Three miles of graveled trails take hikers through a hardwood forest and past a lakeshore in this 40-acre park. Despite the park’s urban setting, it’s a prime spot to spot a variety of birds, including common loons, bald eagles and osprey.

Learn about trail guidebooks available in the Hittin’ the Trail series.