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Three trail systems to try in Rusk County

There's still time to get outside and explore Rusk County's wonderful trails this summer. Here are three trail systems you shouldn't miss.

Sisters' Farm Trail System

Head southwest of Ladysmith to find these scenic trails, tucked inside a bend in the iconic Flambeau River. The trails are divided into two segments--east and west--but both offer great views of the river. Hikers and bikers can choose from a variety of trail loops; a total of 10 miles of trails are open to visitors. Bikers can also find single-track and multi-track mountain biking routes.

Getting there: A trailhead with parking is located on Sisters' Farm Road.

Ice Age Trail

Did you know you can find part of Wisconsin's longest recreational trail right here in Rusk County? The 1,000-mile Ice Age Trail traces the southern boundary of the last glacier to cover Wisconsin nearly 12,000 years ago, and a 12-mile segment of this scenic hiking route can be found in western Rusk County. This pretty trail passes through some beautiful Wisconsin scenery, including remote lakes and unique rock formations.

Getting there: To reach the southern edge of the Rusk County segment, head west from Weyerhauser on County Highway O. There's no parking lot, but parking is allowed on the side of the road.

Reclaimed Flambeau Mine Nature Trails

This beautifully restored area--formerly home to an open-pit copper mine--is home to a scenic five-mile trail system that offers views of the Flambeau River as the route winds through meadows, wetlands and forests. It's a popular walking destination, and you can even bring Fido--leashed dogs are allowed on the trail.

Getting there: To get to the Reclaimed Flambeau Mine site, head about a mile and a half south of Ladysmith on State Highway 27.