Smith Rapids Saddle Trail

Trail Activities 

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Fat biking
  • Horseback riding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Hunting (must be 150 yards away from the trailhead)

About the Trail
Overview
Much of this trail follows along the banks of the South Fork of the Flambeau River, which offers open vistas and opportunities to view wildlife. The trail is peaceful, relatively flat and traverses a variety of forest types including pine plantations. A nearby day-use picnic area has drinking water, vault toilets, a grill, picnic table, river & stream fishing, carry-in boat access, and garbage service. The Smith Rapids Campground is closed for the 2018 season due to budgetary reasons. It is anticipated that the campground will be open for the 2019 camping season. Dispersed camping is permitted in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. For more information, call 715-762-2461 or visit the dispersed camping page at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/cnnf/recreation/?cid=fseprd579392 or their office located at 1170 4th Avenue S./ Highway 13 in Park Falls.

A National Forest parking pass is required. You can purchase a single day pass or an annual sticker. The fee for the day pass can be paid at the parking area. An annual sticker can be purchased at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest office at 1170 S. 4th Avenue / Highway 13 in Park Falls, over the phone by calling the office at 715-762-2461, or at the following businesses:

•Phillips BP / Ball Petroleum (165 S. Lake Avenue Highway 13, Phillips)
•Bridge Bait, Tackle, and Archery (1414 S. 4th Avenue Highway 13, Park Falls)
•Fifield Marathon Station (N14181 Willow Avenue Highway 70, Fifield)
•Moose Jaw Resort (N15098 Shady Knoll Road, Pike Lake)
•Park Falls Ace Hardware (1114 4th Avenue Highway 13, Park Falls)
 
The trail is open May 1 through March 14, conditions permitting. Call to confirm the spring opening date which is sometimes delayed. The very west end of the saddle trail is temporarily not accessible due to the instability of a bridge and river bank.

Location  

  • From the intersection of State Highways 13 and 70 in Fifield, drive east 12.5 miles on Highway 70 to Forest Road (FR) 148.Turn left (north) & continue on FR 148 1.8 miles to the parking area just south of the Smith Rapids Covered Bridge; no parking fee required at this location. 

Length 

  • 16 miles 

Trail Type 

  • Point-to-Point

Skill Level 

  • Easy to moderate

Aerobic Level 

  • Easy to moderate

Hiking & Biking
Hiking and biking are allowed. 
 
Horseback Riding
The trail was designed for equestrians. The best seasons to ride are in the spring or in September and October when the leaves are changing and the insects are gone. Mosquitoes and flies make bug repellent essential for riding in the summer months. The trail is well marked with reassurance markers. There are several intersections with old wood roads. Follow the markings to keep on trail. The eastern section of the trail is stabilized in wet areas by logs lying side by side. Use caution when crossing wet areas. 

Cross-country Skiing
Cross-country skiing is allowed. The trail is not groomed. 
 
Snowshoeing & Fat Biking
Snowshoeing and fat biking are allowed. The trail is not groomed.