- Soon bicyclists, pedestrians and snowmobilers will follow one trail from Tomahawk to Minocqua. The DNR started the process to connect the Hiawatha Trail and the Bearskin Trail.
Right now the trails are about 6 miles apart. The DNR plans to put gravel between existing paved roads to connect the trails.
Once finished, the new Bearskin/Haiwatha trail would be about 30 miles long, and hopefully attract more business to the area.
"That's the beauty of these bicycle trails- The communities in the north; Minocqua, Bolder Junction, up that way, they're developing their bicycle trail system. In time maybe we could have an opportunity to get on your bicycle in Tomahawk, have dinner in Minocqua, and spend the night in Boulder Junction, and then come back the same route,� said Jim Wise, with the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce Bike Trail Committee. �By making the 30 mile trail, instead of two pieces of trail we'll have a reason for people to come north, stay in our communities, use our beds-and-breakfasts and lodging, and restaurants."
Wise says a lack of funding kept the trails from being connected in the past. Now the DNR will handle construction and maintenance of the new trail.
They hope to have the work completed in time for snowmobile season this winter.
Story By: Kailey Burton