Monday, July 7, 2014

Classic Northwood experiences found in west Price County, Wis., hikes

Osprey can be seen in the Kimberly Clark
Wildlife Area. Photo courtesy WI DNR.
Scenic lakes, wildlife sightings, and Northwood forests await day hikers on the west side of Wisconsin’s Price County.

Among the most popular of Wisconsin Northwoods counties to visit, the county can best be reached from either the east or the west via U.S. Hwy. 8. U.S. Hwy. 51 gives those traveling from the south an easy route to a neighboring county, from which Hwy. 8 or Wis. Hwys. 86 and 70 can be taken west into Price County.

Some of the great day hiking trails on the county’s west side include:
g Bass Lake Trail – Day hikers can discover a clear lake next to peat bogs in Bass Lake Peatland State Natural Area via this 0.84-miles one-way (1.68-miles round trip) trail. Part of the walk is in Sawyer County’s Flambeau River State Forest with the end portion in Price County’s Bass Lake Peatland. The trail begins where Bass Lake Road. Park dead ends east of Tower Hill.
g Beaver Creek Trail – Hikers stand a good chance of spotting deer, osprey, grouse and other animals on this 1.8-miles round trip trail in Kimberly Clark Wildlife Area. A parking lot is off of Price Lakes Road, about a quarter mile after crossing Price Creek, north of County Road W.
g Nelson Creek Trail – On Kimberly Clark Wildlife Area’s southwest corner, a 1-mile round trip trail parallels Nelson Creek. Park in the lot off Up River Road east of Nelson Creek and take the jeep trail north through sparsely wooded country until crossing the creek.
g Niebauer Springs Trail – Park in the lot on the northwest shores of Niebauer Springs, which is accessible by a jeep trail east of River Road north of Power Line Road intersection in the Niebauer Springs Fishery Area. The trail heads about 0.5 miles southwest through open grassland; turnaround at Balsam Road for a 1-mile round trip.
g Spring Creek Flowage Trail – Park at the end of the spur road for Spring Creek Way, south of Pioneer Road, in the Spring Creek State Wildlife Area. Treat the east-west jeep trail that cuts through the center of Spring Creek Flowage as part of a loop that swerves south then west; utilize the gravel Spring Creek Way as the western and northwest sides of the 1.2-mile route.
g Tuscobia State Trail, Kennedy segment – From Kennedy, the trail goes either east or west; the latter direction enters the Flambeau River State Forest. Pick up the trail in the village, where it runs parallel to County Road E east of Pine Creek Road.

Find out about trail guidebooks available in the Hittin’ the Trail series.