Hiawatha Trail

Attractions, Biking, Hiking, Snowmobiling

Follow the route of a historic railway through beautiful forests and past scenic lakes. The Milwaukee Road railway once carried lumber through this region to market and later, carried the famed “Hiawatha” steam train, which hauled visitors to the Northwoods in the 1940s and 1950s. Today you can ride the Hiawatha Trail, a path of screened granite built directly on the old rail bed.

The trail starts at SARA Park on a scenic trail trestle, following the path of the abandoned Milwaukee Road railroad. The trail travels 6.6 miles north to Heafford Junction. There, the trail joins the Bearskin State Park Trail, which connects to Minocqua. The trail is a bike and pedestrian path in warmer months; in winter it becomes a snowmobile trail. Parking and restrooms are available in SARA Park. See a trail map here.