Big Eau Pleine Park Trails:
Update September 16, 2019: All horse trails will be closed to the public on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21 to allow for the set-up, race event and clean-up of the annual Punke Trail Run. All trails will open back up on Sunday, September 22.
All horse trail are open for the 2019 riding season. Trails typically open between May 1 and May 15 depending on spring trail conditions. This large county park, offers nearly 10 miles of equestrian trails. A large parking lot is available across from the A-Frame Park Managers office and is the trailhead heading east and west from that point. All of the trails are granite based. Riders are asked to stay on the trails after the trails open. Riding on the road is prohibited except to cross while on a trail. Winter riding is allowed however, some of the horse trails will be groomed for winter snow bike. Equestrian Trail Map (206kb PDF).
Nine Mile Forest Trails:
All trails are open for the 2019 riding season.
This forest unit provides roughly 9 miles of trails. The trails traverse the forest unit and over a wide variety of topography. Parking is available at the Chalet on Red Bud Road, at the intersection of Red Bud Road and Fawn Road and off of Hollywood Road, on the western portion of the forest unit. Equestrian Trail Map (223kb PDF). All horse trails at Nine Mile Forest close annually close for the season on October 15.
Kronenwetter/Leather Camp Forest Trails: This trail system is open for the 2019 riding season. These two forest units offer nearly 18 miles of trails. All of the trails are granite based and traverse the length of the forest units. Kronenwetter (North of Hwy. 153) provides roughly 9 miles of trails. Parking lots are available at Martin Road and Hwy. 153. LeatherCamp (South of Hwy. 153) provides approximately 8.5 miles of trails. Parking lots are available at Hwy. 153 and Hunter Road. Equestrian Trail Map (299kb PDF). Trails are not signed. Advise taking a map or compass while riding.
If you want to enjoy the old-fashioned fun of a sleigh or hay ride, a number of farms can hitch up teams for your family or group. Contact the Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitor Bureau for more information about specific privately owned and operated services available.
If you have any questions, please contact the Park Office at 715-261-1550, Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our websites at www.ci.wausau.wi.us/parks.asp or www.co.marathon.wi.us/parks.asp