Marathon County

The 18-mile Marathon County section was opened in 1996 for public hiking, biking and snowmobile use. It meanders through the countryside near several small rural communities, and along the way there is the opportunity to enjoy the land, flora and fauna. NO ATV’S ARE ALLOWED!

Along the Marathon County portion of the trail, there is a series of 12 interpretive signs picturing early history of the county and the former railroad right-of-way on which the trail is constructed.

Below you will find Trail information for Marathon County, including Trail Rules, Trail User Fees, Trail Description and a Map, and Contact Numbers for additional information. Please note that this information varies slightly between Marathon, Shawano and Brown Counties.

Trail Rules – Marathon County

Each of the three counties the trail passes through has different regulations for trail usage. Contact the respective county park departments {listed on map) for details governing trail usage.

Snowmobiling is permitted during the winter months ONLY. Call the local snowmobile clubs for information on trail markers and other trails which intersect the Mountain-Bay Trail. For more information contact the Wausau and Marathon County Park, Recreation and Forestry Department at 715-261-1550.

Hiking and Biking -The trail surface is crushed limestone which provides a suitable tread for hiking and biking.

All motorized vehicles, including ATV’s, and horses are prohibited from using the trail.

Dogs must be kept on leash. Please pick up animal waste if it is deposited on the trail bed.

General -Hunting is not permitted on any portion of the trail corridor.

Camping is not permitted within the trail corridor. Contact your county park office for lodging and camping information.

Respect adjoining private property.

Please remain on the trail surface at all times.

Trail User Fees – Marathon County

Bicyclists 16 years of age and older, are required to purchase a trail pass when using Wisconsin State Trails. Passes may be purchased at the locations stated below.

Daily Trail Pass: $5.00 -This pass is valid only for the day of purchase and can be used on all sections of the Mountain-Bay Trail. Daily passes are also available at self-registration stations along the trail.

Annual Trail Pass: $25.00 – This pass is valid all year on ALL State trails. These passes may be purchased at the locations stated below, or at any other county park department or DNR office.

There are no specific trail fees for snowmobilers. These users already pay user fees through registration and licensing.

There is no fee for hiking.

Daily trail passes, annual trail passes and additional trail information are available at the following locations:

Wausau and Marathon County Park, Recreation and Forestry Department

http://www.co.marathon.wi.us/Departments/ParksRecreationForestry.aspx
212 River Drive, Suite 2
Wausau, WI 54403-5476
715-261-1550

Trail passes are also sold at all local bike shops in the Wausau metro area.

Trail Description and Map


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The Mountain-Bay Trail in Marathon County begins at the trail-head in Weston, adjacent to the Weston Municipal Center at 5550 Municipal Street, Schofield. This is about 1/2 mile East on Schofield Avenue from its intersection with Camp Phillips Road(County Highway X).

For GPS users the co-ordinates are LAT: 44.90658269908976. LONG: -89.55103039741516.

The trail is made of crushed limestone and travels over generally flat terrain, with a maximum grade of 6% for short distances.

The trail meanders through the countryside near several small rural communities, and along the way there is the opportunity to enjoy wetland flora and fauna. Highlights include the Ringle Marsh, over which extends a 1/4 mile train trestle, and Norrie Lake, at the Eastern edge of Marathon County, which is a favorite spot for swimming.

There are several places on or near the trail for food and drink.  This includes Razz’s Breakfast Bar & Grill at 5307 Westfair Avenue in Weston, and a Subway just a few blocks south of the Trail on State Road in Hatley.

There are many bicycle shops in and around the Wausau Metro Area.  Rib Mountain Cycles does advertise on this site, but feel free to visit any one of them.

Porta potties at Ringle and at the Eau Claire River Picnic Area are provided by Burgoyne’s.

Mountain-Bay Trail Map for Marathon County

An interactive map of the Wausau Metro  Area bike route system is now available at http://www.bicyclewausau.org/.

Contact for more information in Marathon County

For Information on the Trail:

Wausau and Marathon County Park, Recreation and Forestry Department

http://www.co.marathon.wi.us/Departments/ParksRecreationForestry.aspx

212 River Drive, Suite 2
Wausau, WI 54403-5476
715-261-1550

For Information on the Marathon County Friends of the
Mountain-Bay Trail:

Helen Pagenkopf, President

flowers2u2@gmail.com

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