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Saunders State Trail

ATVs UTVs Hiking Bicycling Pets Horseback riding Snowmobiling Winter Activities

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For information, contact:
Douglas County Forestry Department
PO Box 211
Solon Springs WI 54873

Wisconsin State Park System Saunders State Trail

Overlooking creek in pine forest.

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Notice: Please check the Douglas County ATV Trail webpage for any county trail closures due to the severe storms on July 11.

LocationThis 8-mile county-operated trail links with the Gandy Dancer State Trail south of the city of Superior in Douglas County. The trail begins near the town of Saunders and passes through the communities of Boylston Junction, Boylston and Borea before continuing into Minnesota. Along its route, the trail crosses Clear Creek and the Pokegama River.

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.

ATVs UTVs Motorized vehicles

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are allowed on the trail year-round. Operators must follow all Wisconsin ATV operation laws. The trail also connects to the Gandy Dancer State Trail and other Douglas County ATV routes.

The Saunders State Trail corridor continues into Minnesota and is maintained and operated by the Minnesota DNR as an ATV trail known as the Soo Line South ATV Trail [exit DNR].

Hiking Bicycling Pets Walking and bicycling

The entire trail is open to walking and bicycling, though bicycling is not recommended. The trail may be rough or soft in many sections. If you plan to bike the trail, the tread is more suitable for off-road bikes.

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.

Horseback riding Horseback riding

The entire trail is open to horseback riding. The trail is not groomed or surfaced and may be rough or soft in many sections. Riders must share the trail with motorized vehicles.

Snowmobiling 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.

The opening and closing of snowmobile trails is at the discretion of each county. Snowmobile trails which cross DNR lands are opened and closed consistent with the surrounding county (or counties). Whenever possible, the opening and closing of snowmobile trails is done on a county-wide basis, however localized conditions may require localized trail opening and closing. It is the responsibility of the county to provide notification about the status of snowmobile trails. The Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report [exit DNR], and local club and county snowmobile web pages [exit DNR] and telephone hotlines will provide the most current information.

The trail is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, however, the trail is not groomed and skiers and snowshoers must share the trail with snowmobiles. Skiers do not need a trail pass while using the trail.

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:


The Saunders State Trail begins just south of Superior near the intersection of State Highway 35 and County Highway C.


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Last revised: Thursday September 22 2016