Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Photos of Willow River’s White Tail Trails

Photo album of Willow River State Park’s White Tail (Red) Trails The scenic White Tail (Red) Trails run for a combined 2.66 miles in Wisconsin’s Willow River State Park near the Minnesota border.

To reach the park, from Interstate 94 take Exit 4 and head north on U.S. Hwy. 12 for about 1.6 miles. When Hwy. 12 turns east, continue straight on County Road U for about 0.3 miles to County Road A, where you’ll continue for another 1.5 miles. The park’s entrance is on the road’s left/west side. Park in the lot for the Group Campground on the entry road’s south side.

From the lot, walk east, looking for the orange blaze of the Knapweed Trail. That route heads up a knoll through a small woods that opens up to a grassy area (below). Turn right/west and follow the red blazes for the White Tail Trails.

White-tailed deer like to graze in the meadows along the trail (below), hence the trail’s name.

Songbirds are plentiful on the trail thanks to the oak woods and birdhouses in the meadow (below).

The woodline consists mainly of oaks with a few other trees mixed in (below).

Here's a full description of the trail.

Learn more about nearby day hiking trails in my Day Hiking Trails of St. Croix County guidebook.