The Tuscobia State Trail in Southern Sawyer County
The Tuscobia State Trail is a multi-use recreational trail located in northwestern Wisconsin, USA. It's primarily known for its use by snowmobilers in the winter and ATV/UTV riders in the non-snow months. The trail is managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The Tuscobia State trail is a refurbished 74-mile railroad grade once owned by the Chicago, Minneapolis, St Paul and Omaha Railway (The Omaha Road). Bought out by the Chicago & Northwestern Railway, this portion, called the Park Falls Line, once served as the lifeblood for the area through early logging, farming and settling.
During its peak, this line produced over 50 cars of logs per day well into the 1940’s and 1950’s. Extending from Tuscobia To Park Falls, Wisconsin, the trail is now owned by The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and was converted to a recreation trail, beginning in the early 1970’s.
Depending on the time of year, section of the trail and your particular interests, activities on the trail include ATV riding, snowmobiling, hiking, canoeing, fishing and bird watching. In Ojibwa, the Chippewa River is very close to the trail as is a very popular campground with camping, electricity, toilets, shelter, picnic tables and fire pits.
This 74-mile trail on a former rail corridor is one of the longest rail trails in the state, running from Park Falls to the Wild Rivers State Trail just north of Rice Lake. The trail passes through part of the Flambeau River State Forest and the rugged wilderness of Wisconsin's Blue Hills. The trail connects seven small communities in Barron, Washburn, Sawyer and Price counties, each providing year-round accommodations and services.
Camping is available at Smith Lake County Park & Campground and Ojibwa Park.The year-round multiple use recreational trail that offers opportunities for ATVs & UTVs (62 miles from Park Falls to Birchwood only), snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, off-road bicycling, walking and hunting. Trail activities vary by time of year and by county. Visit our website for open and close dates by activity.
Here are some key points about the Tuscobia Trail: