Trail Details

Northwest Wisconsin Nordic Trails

Forest Lodge Nature Trail

Namakagon, Wis.

Trail Options:   1.2 Miles - 3 loop trails: the Forest Lodge Nature Trail, the Extended Nature Trail, and the Conservancy Trail.

Trail Description: The Forest Lodge Nature Trail is an idyllic hike through a series of self-guided natural settings. The trail is managed by the Cable Natural History Museum and visits a wide variety of habitats - from lowland bogs to upland hardwood forest. There are two trail loops. One is generally flat. The longer loop includes more climbing.

Ownership: USDA Forest Service

Key Partnerships: Cable Natural History Museum

Fees: USDA Forest Service - Forest Pass required. Daily or annual.

Info: 715.798.3890


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Trail Location


From Cable take Cty Hwy M east 7 miles to Garmisch Road. Turn left onto Garmisch Road and continue 1 mile. The trail head and parking lot will be on the right. The parking lot is not plowed in the winter.

Turn-by-Turn Directions Driving Directions to Forest Lodge Nature Trail

Landmark dates in the history of Nordic Trails in northwest Wisconsin include 1975 when the United States Cross Country Ski Team including Bill Koch — who would later go on to win a silver medal in the 1976 Olympics – came to Telemark to train, 1978 when the first World Cup cross country ski races were held on the Telemark Trails, and also that year the Worldloppet League, an affiliation of international cross country ski marathons, was formed by Tony Wise at Telemark.

After an auspicious beginning, it wasn’t long before the landscape was dotted with Nordic Trails of all sizes and descriptions, most of which continue to offer pleasant and challenging cross country skiing opportunities today.