Explore the most popular forest trails near Wausau with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice easy walk with several bridges and water views

Had an excellent mid-morning hike here. Did this as an approximately 3.5 mile loop instead of an out-and-back by taking the Turkey Vulture trail (a bit steep, but the path is wide, shaded, and well-maintained) up to and around the quarry, then took Homestead trail (shaded, but not as wide) back down.

The views are impressive, and the trails were pleasant (if a bit buggy). The couple of times I’ve been, there have been a few people using these trails, but not many.

To get to the trailhead, take Highway 51 to exit 190 for North Mountain Road/County Road NN. Head west on NN for about 1.5 miles, then turn left onto Grouse Lane. This road dead ends at the trailhead. Parking is informal along the shoulder, and there’s no one to check whether or not you’ve got a state park pass.

Attempted to hike the Quarry Trail, but no markings until past the observation tower, after following the red trail for about a mile. Used the downloaded map to follow the red trail. Hike was still great - hilly and varied elevation. Would consider this more of a moderate trail.

For those looking to get to the trail, at the parking lot near the concession stand, walk south to the observation deck facing south side. The blue trail runs just in front of this observation deck. Follow this to the red trail. You’ll then see markings for the quarry trail.

ok, better than nothing but not a good workout for Road Bikes.

Large parking lot - easy trails for the family

hiking
Monday, October 02, 2017

Nice walk. Pretty Park.

walking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

nice little walk along the river with the dogs. pretty little bridges. while its right in town still pretty quiet

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Nice!

trail running
Friday, December 27, 2013

If you do not have time to drive to Rib Mountain this trail offers a nice run through an older stand of woods next to the river. My preference would be to be further out of the city, but for convenience sake this trail offers a lot for those with little time.

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
Friday, July 21, 2017

hiking
Friday, July 07, 2017

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

trail running
Monday, August 15, 2016

mountain biking
Monday, May 16, 2016

hiking
Saturday, September 05, 2015

hiking
Wednesday, June 19, 2013