Forest County

Forest County




Forest County offers a few marked trails open to biking.† The Forestry and Parks Department maintains the Otter Springs Recreation Area for bikes and the US Forest Service maintains three (3), the Anvil, Edís Lake and Nicolet North trails.


Otter Springs Trail


Located about 3 miles east of Crandon on highway 8 and then north on Otter Creek Rd. is the trail head for the Otter Springs Recreation Area.† The Parking area has a pull-thru setup for trailers.†


The trail is located on a large area of hardwood forest with a scenic view of Otter Springs and Bug Lake.† The trail is 8 miles in total length.† The beginnersí trail is about .75 miles long located near the graveled parking area.† The intermediate trails are hilly and more challenging.† The second trail is 1.25 miles in length, and the third trail is 3 miles in length with hills and curves.† The trails are well marked and mowed when needed.† A† shelter is located between the two intermediate trails.† The WCC crew that worked for the Forest County Forestry Department constructed the shelter out of cedar logs form an adjacent cedar stand.† The† shelter was constructed to provide a rest and picnic area for all recreationists while making their way through the forest.† The shelter† is equipped with benches, a picnic table and has an area provided for a small fire.† Skiers, hikers, hunters, picnickers, bikers, and all outdoor enthusiasts are welcome to use the trail too.


Anvil National Recreation Trail


Several loops are available over varied terrain from easy to difficult. Originally constructed in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the system has since been expanded and was made part of the National Recreational Trail System in 1978. The Anvil Trail system is adjacent to Anvil Lake Campground and also connects with the Nicolet North Trail system and to the Franklin Lake Campground via a connector trail. Anvil is excellent for hiking and mountain biking in summer and fall. It is also a designated watchable wildlife area, especially for woodland warblers. A trail map is available at the trailhead.


Edís Lake National Recreation Trail


The trail follows several early 1900's railroad grades through a variety of forest types and terrain.† An Adirondack-style shelter overlooking Ed's Lake is located along the Birch loop. A map and brochure are available at the trailhead.


Nicolet North Trail


The Nicolet North Trail is connected to the Anvil National Recreation Trail. In addition, part of the Hidden Lakes Trail follows some of this trail. A map is available at the trailhead.


More trail information available from Nicolet National Forest.

Biking Trails