Bearskin and Hiawatha Trails to mergeSubmitted: 07/02/2014

Dan Marz

TOMAHAWK - You will soon be able to bike your way from Tomahawk to Minocqua using just a single trail.

The Bearskin and Hiawatha Trails in Tomahawk are merging.

The two long-standing trails are separated by a six mile stretch to help connect the two paths. Now, construction has started on that stretch to help connect the two paths.

The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce says the completed trail will be a huge value to their local economy.

"This kind of trail development in other communities has worked really well," says Jim Wise with the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce. "It's been a real boon to bed and breakfasts, lodging, recreation, rentals. So we're hoping that'll be the case when we connect the Bearskin and Hiawatha."

Chamber of Commerce officials also say the full trail will be a perfect destination all year long.

"The trail has a lot of advantages that can be used year-round," says Wise. "It's good for bicycling and hiking in the summer months, and snowmobiling in the winter months. So you have these two different economies working together on the same trail route, so it gets used a lot."

The Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce hopes to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the finished path on August 23rd.

"We'd like to involve all the local bike shops, all the local chambers, the runner groups or bicycle groups to all meet here that day, come from all the various communities, and we'll have a bit of a party and a ribbon-cutting," says Wise.
The full trail will run an estimated 31 miles long when construction is completed.

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Uihlein is seeking to buy 1.75 acres along Rest Lake, where the footpath is located. But a tentative deal with the Department of Natural Resources was put on hold after critics raised questions.

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