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Watersmeet Rails to Trails

Watersmeet Rails to Trails

Hiking the Watersmeet Rails to TrailsCross country skiing the Watersmeet Rails to TrailsBiking the Watersmeet Rails to TrailsSnowmobile the North trailhead is located at the intersection of US-2 and US-45, 100 yards east of the U.S. Forest Service visitor center parking lot. South trailhead is located at the public library in downtown Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin.ATV the North trailhead is located at the intersection of US-2 and US-45, 100 yards east of the U.S. Forest Service visitor center parking lot. South trailhead is located at the public library in downtown Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin.

Trail Length:

8 miles with no loops.

Directions:

North trailhead is located at the intersection of US-2 and US-45, 100 yards east of the U.S. Forest Service visitor center parking lot. South trailhead is located at the public library in downtown Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin.

Trail Description:

8 miles of old railroad, suitable for hiking, bicycles, skis, snowmobiles, ATVs, and pets.

This old railroad grade that has been converted to a linear park runs from the U.S. Forest Service visitor center in Watersmeet to the public library in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin, a distance of about 8 miles. The trail cuts cross-country through a diversity of habitats including forests, lowland brush, beaver ponds, clearcuts, and open areas. Bicycles, skis, snowmobiles, ATVs, and pets are all permitted to share this little-used trail with hikers. The trail crosses a stream in which colorful brook trout may be seen along rocks and logs.

Wildlife Viewing:

White-tailed deer are common in the forested areas and clearcuts. Beavers, muskrats, mink, and shorebirds may be viewed in and around the floodings created by industrious beavers. A wide variety of songbirds may be observed and heard calling in the many habitats that are traversed by this old railroad grade. Common warblers include the chestnut-sided warbler, Nashville warbler, and yellow warbler.

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Information courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources

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