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Gandy Dancer State Trail - Southern Segment

Hiking Bicycling Pets Snowmobiling ATVs Winter Activities Ice Age Trail

  • Trail map [PDF]
  • Rail trail: Yes
  • Length: 47 miles
  • Surface: crushed stone
  • Counties: Polk, Burnett
  • Communities: St. Croix Falls, Centuria, Milltown, Luck, Frederic, Siren, Webster, Danbury
  • State trail pass required for bicycling
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Contact information
For information, contact:
Burnett County Parks Department
7410 County Road K #106
Siren WI 54872
715-349-2157

Polk County Parks and Recreation Department
100 Polk Plaza #10
Balsam Lake WI 54810
715-485-9294

Wisconsin State Park System Gandy Dancer State Trail - Southern Segment

Trail going through wooded area.

DNR Photo

LocationThis 98-mile interstate trail crosses into Minnesota and then back again into Wisconsin on its way from St. Croix Falls to its connection with the Saunders State Trail just south of Superior. In Wisconsin, the trail is maintained and managed by Polk, Burnett and Douglas counties. The Minnesota DNR manages the section of the Gandy Dancer trail in Minnesota.

Built on a former railroad corridor, the trail is named for the work crews who laid the railroad tracks. The crews used tools made by the Gandy Tool Company of Chicago. The crews were known to work by keeping their voices and the movement of their feet and tools in harmony. This manner of work led the crews to become known as "Gandy Dancers."

Trail activities

The Gandy Dancer State Trail is divided into a northern segment and a southern segment and trail activities vary. The southern segment of the Gandy Dancer trail begins in St. Croix Falls, near Interstate State Park. The southern segment travels for 47 miles in Wisconsin through the communities of Centuria, Milltown, Luck, Frederic, Siren and Webster, ending in the town of Danbury at the Minnesota border. Here a 520-foot trestle crosses the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway into Minnesota.

Winter ATV/UTV use is allowed on a segment of the trail in Burnett County. Details are under the Winter activities listing farther down on this page.

The trail may bring a number of different users to the trail at the same time. It is important to use good trail etiquette to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all trail users.

Hiking Bicycling Pets Walking and bicycling

The level grade and limestone surface make this trail suitable for bicyclists, walkers and joggers. A state trail pass is required for bicycling. You can buy annual and daily passes from designated vendors along the trail or at the Polk and Burnett County tourism centers.

Pet owners, please be sure to have your pet on a leash, 8 feet or shorter, at all times. You must pick up after your pet.

Ice Age Trail Ice Age National Scenic Trail

The western terminus of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail is at Interstate State Park on the St. Croix River. The Ice Age Trail follows the Gandy Dancer State Trail corridor for about 19 miles from St. Croix Falls past the town of Luck and then continues east towards Straight Lake State Park.

Snowmobiling ATVs Winter activities Winter activities

Snowmobiles are permitted on the trail. Operators must follow all Wisconsin snowmobile laws. The trail also connects to numerous miles of county snowmobile trails.

Depending on the snow base and location, motorized recreational vehicles (snowmobiles, ATVs and UTVs) are allowed on the south segment of the trail under specific conditions. From December 1 through March 31 and once trails are officially open by the county, snowmobiles may ride the full length of the Gandy Dancer; ATVs/UTVs may ride from Tewalt Road (which is just south of Siren) and continue north.  If there is no snow, once the Frozen Ground Trail System is open, the section from Tewalt Road north is open for ATV/UTV use. The trail also connects to numerous miles of county winter trails.

No Hunting No Hunting No Hunting and trapping allowed on trail

Hunting and trapping are not allowed on the trail corridor. For more information, please see:

Directions

The southern segment of the Gandy Dancer trail follows the route of State Highway 35. There are parking, trail access points, accommodations and services in St. Croix Falls, Centuria, Milltown, Frederic, Siren, Webster and Danbury. Additional parking and rest rooms are also available at several places along the southern portion of the trail. The Polk County Information Center is at the junction of State Highway 8, State Highway 87, State Highway 35 and the trail.

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Last revised: Friday October 17 2014