Biking, Hiking, and Horseback Riding

Riding in the Forest

Bicycle and horseback riding are allowed on all Burnett County forest roads, trails, and fire lanes. Riding off-trail is not permitted. These trails are found sporadically throughout our over 111,000 acres of Burnett County Forest Land.

There are horse trails located on the southern half of the Governor Knowles State Forest in northwestern Polk County. For more information, please visit:

Big Bear Lake Nature Trail

Approximately 9 miles east of Danbury, the Big Bear Lake Association maintains a 2-mile walking trail in the Town of Webb Lake. This trail consists of 3 loops which wind through Burnett County Forest Land, and includes educational signs at several points of interest along the trail. The trailhead has a parking lot located on Bear Lake Road approximately 2/10 of a mile north of Lake 26 Road.

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Timberland Hills

Timberland Hills offers a 4.4 mile trail for fat bikes, hiking, snowshoeing, and skijoring. This trail uses the county's existing tote road system.

Gandy Dancer Trail

(Available for hiking and biking only - from April 1 through November 30)

The Burnett County segment of the Gandy Dancer State Trail is just over 20 miles, and passes through the communities of Siren, Webster, and Danbury before entering the State of Minnesota segment. From April 1 through November 30 the trail may be used for hiking, biking, and nature study. Horseback riding is not allowed south of Highway 77 in Danbury. A trail pass must be purchased when biking on the Gandy Dancer Trail. Follow this link for pass information.

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Gandy Dancer Trail Events:

The Wisconsin DNR has requirements that need to be followed if your group wants to plan an event using the Gandy Dancer Trail. Please contact the Forest & Parks Dept for more information at 715-349-2157.

General trail information:

Keizer Lake Trails

Lake Country Pedalers Bicycle Club has developed and maintains the Keizer Lake Bike Trails in the Town of Jackson. This trail system consists of a combination of constructed single-track mountain bike trails totaling approximately 3 miles in addition to several miles of existing logging road connector trails. 

Dogtown Cluster and Big Bear Trails - (No horses are allowed on these trails)

The Webb Lake Men's Club developed and maintains the Dogtown Cluster and Big Bear Trails in the Town of Webb Lake. These two trails total approximately 13.5 miles.