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Nicolet State Trail

Trail facts

  • Rail Trail: Yes
  • Length: 89 miles
  • Surface: Compacted gravel
  • Counties: Florence, Forest, Oconto
  • Communities: Tipler, Long Lake, Newald, Cavour, Laona, Wabeno, Townsend, Mountain, Suring, Gillett


Florence County: The Nicolet State Trail in Florence County runs north for more than 15 miles from the Florence/Forest county line near Long Lake past the town of Tipler to the Michigan state line. Access to the trail is available in Long Lake and Tipler. Long Lake is on State Highway 139 and Tipler is on State Highway 70, about one mile east of the highway 139/70 intersection. About halfway between the two communities, the Nicolet Trail crosses the Pine River, a state-designated wild river.

Forest County: The Nicolet State Trail stretches 35 miles through Forest County passing through the communities of Carter, Wabeno, Blackwell, Laona, Cavour and Newald. In the town of Laona, the trail is near the intersection of U.S. Highway 8 and State Highway 32. Just south of the Forest/Florence county line the trail crosses the Popple River, a state-designated wild river. There are two parking areas available; 1) In Wabeno between the town park and the Logging Museum and 2) off of County Highway G, about one mile west of U.S. Highway 8 - follow the directional signs on County Highway G.

Oconto County: The Nicolet State Trail in Oconto County begins in the town of Gillett near the Oconto/Shawano county line. Gillett is located on State Highway 22, about 18 miles northeast of the city of Shawano. The trail runs for about 30 miles north of Gillett in Oconto County and passes through the communities of Suring, Mountain, Lakewood and Townsend. In Suring, a parking area with access to the trail is available next to the Village Hall near State Highway 32. Beginning around Mountain, the trail parallels Highway 32 the rest of the way north into Forest County.


The trail is open year-round.


A state trail pass is not required on the Nicolet State Trail.

Planning and management

For more information about planning for this property, see Property Master Plans.

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