Ken Krueger, Operations Superintendent – Customer Service, for the Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department has announced that all trails in the Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area will close Wednesday, October 15, 2014, to all mountain biking and horseback riding. The trails will open again between May 1 and May 15, 2015, contingent upon spring trail conditions. Mountain biking and horseback riding activities remain open in the other Marathon County forest units.
The Park Department would like to thank all users and hopes that everyone had a very enjoyable season.
If you have any questions, please contact the Park Office at 715-261-1550.
Nine Mile County Forest Recreation Area: Located just 15 minutes west of Wausau, this developed recreation area offers miles of off-road mountain biking opportunities. There are 10 miles of single-track trails and 20 miles of 12' wide trails (the cross-country ski trails) ranging from beginner to expert level. This area hosts several major mountain bike races each year including the Wausau 24 and the Wausau Classic.
Directions: 8904 Red Bud Road, From US 51/I-39 take Exit 188 and drive west on County Road N 3.5 mile to south on Red Bud Road 1.25 miles to the chalet parking lot on the west side of the road. When approaching from the west take County Road N east to Red Bud Road (approximately 9 miles east of State Highway 107).
Trail Fees: 12 years and older $4 Daily or $25 Annual Sticker; FREE 11 years and younger. There are several self-registration stations throughout Nine Mile including the chalet parking lot on Red Bud Road, the Hollywood Road parking lot located on the west side of the property, and the Fawn Road parking lot located on the southeast side of the property. Annual passes may also be purchased at the Park Administrative Office, 212 River Drive, Suite 2, Wausau, M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Season: Trails open between May 1 and May 15 depending on trail conditions and remain open through October 15 annually. If the trails are open in May the first three weeks they open daily at noon to allow for spring turkey hunters to have a quality hunt. Trails close annually October 15 to allow for small game and deer hunting activities.
Big Eau Pleine Park: There isn't any hunting allowed in any county park during any hunting season.
Located just 15 minutes southwest of Mosinee this large park offers over 10 miles of trails shared with hikers, bikers, and horses. 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. Frequent deer and other wildlife sightings can be made while on these trails that meander through hardwoods and with periodic views of the Big Eau Pleine Flowage.
Directions: 3301 Eau Pleine Park Road, Mosinee. From Wausau take US 51/I39 south 12 miles to STH 153, STH 153 west 8 miles to Eau Pleine Park Road, Eau Pleine Park Road south 3 1/2 miles to park entrance. The park is approximately 4 miles west of Moon.
Trail Fees: FREE
Season: Horse Trails are open to the public annually on May 1 unless wet trail conditions warrent a later start. Horse Trails are open through October 31 annually. Bike Trails are allowed on the trails annually on May 1 unless wet trail conditions warrent a later start. Bike Trails remain open through the fall and winter (snowbiking is allowed throughout the winter season) and close on March 15, or when the spring thaw arrives, whichever comes first. The Park Department may post trails closed signs as applicable throughout the year.
Mountain-Bay State Park Trail:
The Mountain-Bay Trail is a Wisconsin State Park Trail that occupies the former Chicago and Northwestern Railroad right-of-way between Wausau and Green Bay. The entire 83.4-mile trail extends from Marathon County through Shawano County and into Brown County ending just west of Green Bay in the Village of Howard. The trail travels through a variety of agricultural, forest, and wetland landscapes that exhibit many of the glacial landforms in Wisconsin. The trail links with the Ice Age National Recreation Trail in Marathon County, the Wiouwash Trail in Shawano County, and a network of trails in Brown County.
Access points include the Weston, Ringle, and Norrie trailheads each of which have parking lots and self-registration stations for trail passes. The self-registration stations have envelopes for you to complete and pay the $4 daily fee at any time. Marathon County trail tread is crushed, compacted limestone.
Directions: 5501 Municipal Street. From Wausau take STH 29 east 3 miles to Camp Phillips Road, Exit 173. North on Camp Phillips Road 1/2 mile to CTH JJ. East on JJ 1 mile to Municipal Street. North on Municipal Street to the Weston Trailhead Parking Lot on the right.
Trail Fees: State trail fees apply for this state park trail. Bicyclists 16 years and older $4 Daily Fee or $20 Annual State Park Trail Pass. Those of you who purchase DNR State Bike Trail Annual Passes that are good for all State bike trails (including the Mountain-Bay State Park Trail) may be interested to know that if you purchase the DNR State Bike Trail Annual Pass from the Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Dept., 70% of the fee stays right here and is used only on Mountain-Bay maintenance. We receive no portion of DNR State Bike Trail Annual Pass revenues sold elsewhere, including the DNR office in Rib Mountain. Buy from us and help support your local State Bike Trail!
$4 daily pass, self-registation envelopes are available anytime at the Weston, Norrie, and Hatly trailheads. Annual passes are available per the below:
Sunny Vale Park Snow Bike Trail System: Located on the west side of Wausau is a newly developed snow bike trail system that meanders through this 300 acre park. This 7 mile long, groomed, single-track trail system is designated for bikes with tire width of 3.7 inches or greater. The Central Wisconsin Offroad Cycling Coalition(CWOCC) and the Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department partnered to make this opportunity available.
Trail system map and rules
Directions: From Wausau take STH 29 west 3 miles to 72nd Ave., 72nd Avenue south 1/2 mile to park.
Trail Fees: Donations are accepted at the trailhead and go to the CWOCC to help offset trail maintenance costs.
Season: December 15 to March 15, weather permitting.
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