TrailsWelcome to Oconto County, Wisconsin...a place for you. Since the County is over 100 miles long, we've made it easy for you to navigate the array of tourism resources available in the County, or to help you locate available sites and buildings and obtain business assistance. The adjacent map divides the County into three distinct sections. All resources and attractions are categorized by region within the County. So come to Oconto County to play, live or work, because after all, we are a place for you!
Wisconsin's best fully guided UTV and snowmobile tour. A perfect way to experience the Northwoods of Wisconsin's full beauty, our fully guided tours include: an experienced guide, snacks and drinks, all fuel, and safety gear. We provide top of the line Can-Am UTVs that seat 2-4 people and have automatic transmissions and comfortable seats. Have your own ride? Feel free to join the tour anytime! Find us on Facebook!
A hiking trail was developed in the Town of Brazeau to reach the county's highest point called Butler Rock. This two mile sand trek is not for the faint-hearted, but the views are spectacular, especially during the Fall colors.
Directions: In Mountain, turn right onto Old 64 Road/Old Hwy 64, sharp right onto Butler Rock Road and turn left onto Butler Rock Lookout Lane.
Video of Butler Rock
Follow this 1/4 mile trail into a unique "cathedral" of towering pines and hemlock trees. This area survived Wisconsin's logging era and has been preserved in its natural state. During early summer you may observe great blue herons nesting high in the tallest pines. This is one of Wisconsin's largest active heron colonies. The site may be visited May through October.
Directions: From Lakewood, take State Hwy 32 North 1 mile to Archibald Road (FR 2121). Turn left (west) for 1-1/2 miles. Watch for signs on the left side of the road. Turn right to parking area. There is parking for 5 vehicles, hiking trails and benches. The site is accessible for persons with disabilities.
Picture by: Evlis Kennedy
Articles regarding Cathedral Pines:
Old-Growth Forest Network
Ancient Forest in Wisconsin that's Right out of a Storybook
Closed due to storm damage.
This short, moderately steep trail (2/3 miles) leads to the top of a rock outcrop that features five vistas. Three of the vistas overlook Chute Pond, one looks over a Forest Service tree plantation, and one looks north along State Highway 32 with Bagley Rapids on the west and Green Lake on the east. At the northernmost vista, look north to see the last remaining Forest Service fire lookout tower almost six miles away at Mountain. Looking south from the southernmost vista you can see the radio tower on Suring Hill, about eight miles away. Be sure to bring your binoculars on this hike!
Directions: From Mountain, take State Hwy 32 south for 3 1/2 miles to Parkway Drive and turn right (west). Follow the signs to the scenic overlook. Parking lot for 4 vehicles. The site is 2/3 mile from the parking lot and is not accessible to persons with disabilities.
Closed due to storm damage.
You are bound to see wildlife on this trail. Jones Spring is a 2,000 acre area managed for non-motorized use and offers several loops of hiking and groomed cross-country ski trails (for traditional style skiing). The area features three lakes. Fanny Lake has five walk-in campsites on the shore. On an overlook between Upper and Lower Jones Lakes, you'll find an Adirondack-style shelter for a quick rest while skiing or a place to picnic when hiking. The trail traverses a variety of landscapes and forest types which also means a variety of wildlife. Look for the wood duck boxes which have been placed here to increase the wood duck population. Jones Spring Area is also managed as a wildlife area for hunting.
Directions: From Townsend, take County Highway T southwest for 5 miles to Fanny Lake Road (FR 2938). Turn right and follow Fanny Lake Road west to parking area. Space is available for approximately 6 vehicles.
Located just north of Lakewood, Wisconsin. We have several locations for parking, including the McCauslin Brook Golf Course parking lot. Please feel free to call our trail hotline (715) 622-1754, check out our Facebook Group or our page on SkinnySki.com.
25 km of marked trails groomed for Classic & Skating
Parking & Maps
Hwy F, Old 32 Road, McCauslin Brook Country Club in Lakewood, WI. Click here for map!
25+ miles of clearly marked horse trails in the Machickanee Forest. Trail width is 10 ft. Find us on Facebook!
Directions: (from Green Bay) Take Hwy 41 North to Hwy 141 North. Turn left on County Road E. Follow for 2.8 miles. Turn right on Brehmer Road. Follow for 3 miles. Turn right on Timberline Road. Immediately on the left you'll see: Outback Riders Sign. Follow dirt road (CFR 104) to trailhead.
Truck and trailer parking at two parking areas. Pit toilet at Timberline Parking Lot. Parking is also available on the wide shoulder of the road at the intersections of Brehmer and W. Stiles Tower Road. The OBR hitching post, mounting rocks and information kiosk are available at the OBR Trail Head! Camping is allowed with a permit. There are 13 campsites located in the Machickanee Forest. Sorry, No Water. Call Oconto County Forestry and Parks for a camping permit at 920-834-6995.
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The Machickanee Cross Country Ski Trails were originally planned and developed by local skiers in the Oconto County Forest with the cooperation of the Oconto County Land , Forest , and Parks Committee. The current trail system has resulted from the efforts of many volunteers who have donated their time, money, and energy since 1978. In 1982, the Machickanee Cross Country Ski Club was formed to organize those efforts. The trails lead through a series of forest types, including red pine plantations, coniferous swamps, oak ridges, and birch and aspen stands. They undulate through topography ranging from creek bottoms to ridge tops. Numerous hills and curves of various slopes and lengths make this course a challenge for the intermediate to advanced skiers. Find us on Facebook!
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This trail is maintained by the privately-run Silver Birch Ranch and is a system of interconnected loops. One of these loops crosses Rose Lake. Before skiing this loop, check ice conditions on the lake. This trail is groomed for traditional skiing and is marked for beginning, intermediate and advanced skiers. A map is available at Silver Birch Ranch.
Directions: From Langlade, follow State Highway 55 about 4 miles north to Sawyer Lake Road (FR 2122). Turn right onto Sawyer Lake Road and go east and north about 2 miles. The parking area is on the right (south) side of Sawyer Lake Road. There is space for approximately 6-8 cars.
The McComb Nordic Ski Trails are cross-country trails that are tracked and groomed for classic skiing during the winter months when conditions allow. A trail map is located at the trailhead. Easy to difficult.
Directions: From the town of Mountain, follow County Highway W west for 1 mile to McComb Lake Road (FR 2311). Turn left and go south 2 miles to parking area on the left (east) side of the road. Space is available for approximately 30 vehicles. Click here for map!
The McCombNordic Ski Trails are cross-country trails that are tracked and groomed for classic skiing during the winter months when conditions allow. A trail map is located at the trailhead.
Directions: From the town of Mountain, follow County Highway W west for 1 mile to McComb Lake Road (FR 2311). Turn left and go south 2 miles to parking area on the left (east) side of the road. Space is available for approximately 30 vehicles.
The Nicolet State Trail in Oconto County begins in the town of Gillett near the Oconto/Shawano county line. Gillett is located on State Highway 22, about 18 miles northeast of the city of Shawano. The trail runs for about 30 miles north from Gillett in Oconto County and passes through the communities of Suring, Mountain, Lakewood and Townsend. In Suring, a parking area with access to the trail is available next to the Village Hall near State Highway 32. Beginning around Mountain, the trail parallels Highway 32 the rest of the way north into Forest County.
Directions: The Nicolet State Trail in Oconto County begins in the town of Gillett near the Oconto/Shawano county line. Gillett is located on State Highway 22, about 18 miles northeast of the city of Shawano. The trail runs for about 30 miles north from Gillett in Oconto County and passes through the communities of Suring, Mountain, Lakewood and Townsend. In Suring, a parking area with access to the trail is available next to the Village Hall near State Highway 32. Beginning around Mountain, the trail parallels Highway 32 the rest of the way north into Forest County.
Just steps from South Main Street you can connect with nature on the wooded, multi-use trail adjacent to River Island Golf Course on the city’s southeast side. The 4-mile trail can be enjoyed in all four seasons: hiking, running, and mountain biking in spring, summer, and fall, and fat tire biking on groomed trails in the winter, when Mother Nature cooperates. The trailhead is at the wooded corner of the open lot at the intersection of River Island Drive and Mead Avenue. Information about the trail is available on Facebook by searching for Oconto Falls Area Trail System Organization (OFATSO).
West Side Beach Walking Trail (pictured)
Experience the peacefulness and beauty of nature with a walk along the West Side Beach Walking Trail. The short, half-mile trail takes you on a path along the river and into the woods. Satisfy your desire to get away from city life by taking a quick excursion, either walking or jogging the forested path.
The Oconto Marsh & Rush Point Refuge is located just north of the City of Oconto on the west shore of Green Bay. Covering more then 800 acres, the marsh is an area rich in birdlife, which includes: Wood Ducks, Ring-neck Ducks, Snowy Owl and Scoters and many, many more.
It also encompasses a state waterfowl sanctuary and a breeding ground for the "yellow-headed blackbird". Take a walk along the 2.8 mile mowed path and see what you discover. Keep your eyes open and the camera close by. Whether at the Oconto Marsh Refuge, Breakwater Park & Harbor or any other site in Oconto be sure to look to the skies as you never know when you might see one of the Nations prettiest birds. Click here for brochure!
This 8-mile trail passes through the forests and farms of Oconto County between the communities of Oconto and Stiles Junction. Outside of Oconto the trail parallels the Oconto River. The river has a long history of human activity, dating back 6000 years to the early Native Americans who lived along the river, to the fur trading and logging operations of the last few centuries, to present-day recreation activities such as canoeing and kayaking. Copper Culture State Park, which is near the trail, sits on the banks of the river and features a Native American burial ground and museum. The Copper Culture burial ground is the oldest cemetery site in Wisconsin and possibly the oldest site in eastern North America.
Outback Riders, Inc. was established to create and maintain a public bridle path in the Machickanee Forest and the Oconto River Trail in accordance with the Special Recreational Use Permit granted by the Oconto County Forestry & Parks Department; to hold family oriented equine related social activities and fundraisers. Find us on Facebook!
Discover the breath taking Quartz Hill Trail located on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Laona, Wis. This stunning trail cascades into two sections. One portion is located on the east and the other portion is located on the west side of Wisconsin State Highway 32. The east section leads across a boardwalk to the top of McCaslin Mountain. It has moderately steep sections, but the view from the top of this quartz rock outcrop is worth the climb. The prettiest time to explore the trail is in fall when the brilliant fall colors will be visible on the surrounding hills from the overlook.