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Address: 8704 Red Bud Road, Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: 715-261-1550
Website: http://www.co.marathon.wi.us/Departments...

The forest has 4,894 acres of mixed uplands, marshes, and water impoundments available to the public for a variety of activities. Nine-Mile County Forest is principally managed to maintain and protect the integrity of its ecosystems while also producing wood products, wildlife, and recreation opportunities. It is known in particular for hunting, cross-country skiing facilities (including trails, toilets, and a chalet), hiking, nature study, photography, snowmobiling, and mountain biking. Blackberries, blueberries, and choke cherries are eagerly sought by berry pickers in the late summer and fall.

Two designated trout streams, Black Creek and Four-Mile Creek, thread part of their way through Nine-Mile Swamp, winding through open marsh and clumps of spruce. Nearby, mixed hardwoods, oak, and pine thrive on the uplands, alternating with large stands of aspen, the principal timber crop and a major source of food and cover for ruffed grouse and deer. These game species, as well as cottontails, snowshoe hare, waterfowl, and squirrels are actively pursued by hunters. The maintenance of waterfowl reservoirs, seeding of trails, planting of food and cover shrubs, and selective cutting of trees, all help to promote vigorous game and non-game wildlife populations.

A well maintained system of trails totaling over 30 miles (45 Km) allow easy access for recreation. All trails are closed to motorized vehicles, except in winter, for designated snowmobile/ATV trails. Cross-country skiers have more than 30 Km of one-way trails over a variety of terrain with loops suitable for the novice to expert skier. In the summer, the ski trails become an excellent mountain biking trail system. Horses are allowed on the snowmobile trail during the summer only.

Open for mountain biking from May 1st through October 15th, the cross-country ski and snowmobile trails are marked and mowed during the summer months to provide over 43 km of varying terrain. Nine Mile has a trail system that includes open tracks with minimal to moderate grades, as well as single-track routes through heavily forested areas. These trails offer a challenge for all ages and abilities. Nine Mile Forest Unit has 10 miles of single track mountain bike trails and 20 miles on the cross country trails, all riders 12 years and older require a daily or annual pass. Trails open between May 1 and May 15 depending on trail conditions (if open - the first 3 weeks of May the trails open after 12:00 pm/noon each day). The trails remain open through October 15 each year. An outdoor vault restroom and drinking fountain, are available adjacent to the Chalet. Snowshoeing is allowed on the cross country trails, a snowshoeing pass is required. A 4 mile snowshoe trail is also available. Nine Mile Forest Unit has 10 miles of signed horseback riding trails. Trails open between May 1 and May 15 depending on trail conditions (if open - the first 3 weeks of May the trails open after 12:00 pm/noon each day). The trails remain open through October 15 each year.

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