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Council Grounds State Park Trail descriptions

Several trails meander through various parts of the park, offering flat to rolling topography for hikers. Please help preserve the park's resources and prevent erosion by staying on designated trails and stairways.

Hiking Big Pines Nature trail (0.75 miles)

Boardwalk.The Big Pines Nature Trail offers rolling topography as well as an educational experience for park users of all ages. This trail is also used by many visitors to access the beach from the campground.

Hiking Blue trail (0.9 miles)

The Blue trail goes around and through the Krueger Pines State Natural Area. The Natural Area was established in 1953 as a classic example of old growth white pine. In 1983 this area was dedicated to Senator Clifford "Tiny" Krueger a leading conservationist and advocate of Natural Resource programs.

Hiking Brown trail (0.7 miles)

The Brown trail runs parallel with Council Grounds Drive, through mixed hardwoods and meets up with the Yellow trail. This trail also goes to the Merrill Area Recreation Complex in the city of Merrill.

Hiking Green trail (1.1 miles)

The south end of the Green trail meanders through marshy low lands with a short cut (0.28-miles) to the scenic Wisconsin River.

Hiking Red trail (0.4 miles)

The Red trail follows the campground road to River Road, providing great views of the Wisconsin River.

Hiking Yellow trail (0.5 miles)

The Yellow trail travels through a Scotch pine plantation and is a popular among the deer that reside in the park.

Last revised: Friday October 17 2014