ATV / UTV Trails Near Hayward KOA

ATV / UTV Trails Near Hayward KOA

The Best UTV and ATV Trails in Wisconsin, with more than 140 miles of trails through the Chequamegon National Forest.

The Hayward Lakes Area of Northern Wisconsin is blessed with a robust system of ATV trails. A growing number of enthusiasts have made this area one of the top ATV destinations in Wisconsin and the Midwest because our trails are probably the best in the state of Wisconsin.

A common phrase around the Hayward Lakes Area is “Welcome to the Northwoods.”  This warm greeting is based on much more than geography.  It welcomes you to a place where the trees are towering, the air smells of pine, and wildlife roams.  A great way to immerse yourself in this outdoor paradise is to mount an ATV and drive in!

ATV Trails in Chequamegon National Forest

Three separate trail systems with adjoining loops offer an exciting scenic tour of the forest. Trails wind over rolling terrain, with towering forests and panoramic views of meadows and wetlands. Unique to the state of Wisconsin, these ATV trails offer an unparalleled touring experience of the Chequamegon National Forest.  Side by sides (up to 65″ wide) are legal in the National Forest.

Perfect trails for any skill level!

Don’t think that four-wheeling in Sawyer County is all peace and tranquility, though-ATV/UTV’s are built upon a horsepower foundation for a reason.  Open up the throttle and fly down dirt trails!  Take your skills over to the Dead Horse Trail and hurl mud all over as you work your way through the challenging 56-mile stretch.

Where Can I Ride My ATV in Sawyer County

1. Seeley Hills Loop

Trailhead is off of Chippewa Trail off Hwy. B – approximately 3 miles east of the junction with 27. It’s on the north side of the highway, with parking available.

There’s another trailhead at Hayward Power Sports, 10 miles east of Hayward on 77. Approximately 50 miles of marked trails extends from the trailhead toward Seeley. For more information, contact the Sawyer County Forestry Department, 10610 Main Street, Suite 100, Hayward, WI 54843 or call 715-634-4846.

2. Dead Horse Trail

For experienced riders seeking a challenge, 56 miles of trail from Loretta north into Ashland County to Clam Lake through the Chequamegon National Forest. Trailheads at Camp Loretta and east of Clam Lake on the north side of Hwy. 77. For more information, contact the Chequamagon National Forest at P.O. Box 896, Hayward, WI 54843 or call 715-634-4821.

3. Flambeau River State Forest

40 miles of trails through the forest, open May 15 – November 15. Trailheads on County W, 1 mile west of Connors Lake, Tower Hill Road, just north of W and Fisherman’s Landing on County M. Contact Flambeau River State Forest at W1613 County Road W, Winter, WI 54896 or call 715-332-5271.

4. Tuscobia Trail

From Birchwood to Park Falls, on an abandoned railroad grade. Camping available halfway along trail at Ojibwa Park. Trail is open from April 15 to November 15, and opens to the Dead Horse Trail north, the Flambeau Trail south. Contact DNR Ranger Station, P.O. Box 187, Winter, WI 54896 or call 715-266-3511.

The townships each have their own rules/laws concerning forest roads which are maintained by the townships. Townships have jurisdiction over maintenance and law enforcement and decide whether the road will be legal for ATV travel, in which case the road must be posted with route signs.

5. City of Hayward

The following streets are open to ATV riding to allow access to businesses in the city. Coming in from the north (Nelson Lake and Smith Lake), riders can travel down Olson Road to Hospital Road, to Havenwood Lane, Guard Street and Minnie Avenue. Other streets open to ATV travel include portions of Beal Avenue, Illinois Avenue, East Second Street, East Fourth Street, the entire length of Fifth Street and Johnson Street, and Railroad Street from Beal to Highway 27.

Riders also can ride Hospital Road west from Olson Road, crossing Highway 27-77 to Company Lake Road. Rock Creek Road also will be open south of Highway B.

The new routes will allow riders to drive from their motel to restaurants and other businesses.

6. Sawyer County ATV Policy

ATVs are not allowed off road on self-made trails through the timber or lowland areas. ATV’s are required to stay on marked ATV trails and forest roads. Closed trails are: The Birkie Trails and marked hunter/walking trails. ATV’s are not allowed to travel on snowmobile or other trails that cross privately owned property unless the trails are marked as an ATV trail or the operator has permission from the landowner. Stay on marked ATV trails/routes – just because snowmobiles use certain trails, it does not make it legal for ATV’s. If you don’t know if the trail is legal, don’t use it.

Sawyer County ATV/UTV Ordinance: View current document here

Non-resident ATV trail passes sale locations: Click Here!

Trailer Parking


Information Center Parking Lot: 15805 US Hwy 63. Trail #30

County Road B East of Hayward

Sevenwinds Casino: 13767 Co Rd B – Park behind the Lodge in gravel parking area. Trail #30

Southern Sawyer County to Birchwood

Stone Lake: Main Street before railroad tracks. Trail #45 & #24

Winter BP Gas Station: 6574 WI-70.   #10/Tuscobia

Exeland –Buckhorn: 11010 WI-48  Park behind Bar & Restaurant.  Trail #49

Exeland-The Rock Castle Bar: 11498 S State Hwy 48.  Park in the grassy area across from the bar.  Trail #49

Birchwood – Ed’s Pit Stop : 701 WI-48    Park behind Ed’s Pit stop. Trail #10/Tuscobia. 

Northeast of Hayward

Hayward Power Sports: 12305 WI-77  Trail.  #5 & 15

Seeley – Sawmill Saloon: 13505 N, US Hwy 63 – Park on gravel area between Sawmill Saloon and Thorsen Carving. Trail #63

Seeley – Lenroot Lodge: 13350 Town Hall Rd – Park North of the Lodge near the trail. Trail #63

Seeley – Runamuck Rides: Hwy 63, before Seeley. Trail #8 #31


Community Center: 13660 Co Hwy M. Trail #73

Municipal Parking: Behind the Brick House Café – 13485 Reynolds S. Trail #73

Designated Parking on ATV Map

Chippewa Trail off Hwy B (look for parking lot sign): Trail #30

Hwy 00 by Thannum Fire Lane: Trail #8

Clam Lake Area: off Hwy 77, near Dead Horse Slough – Trail #25

Duck Pond Rd by Totogatic Flowage: Hwy 27 North – Trail #8




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